The Rebuild Iowa Office (RIO) was a temporary state agency created in June 27, 2008's Executive Order 7 and Feb. 2, 2009's House File 64. The mission of the RIO was to ensure that the State of Iowa rebuilds safer, stronger and smarter than before from the catastrophic flooding and severe storms of 2008.
To help the state work toward a full recovery, the RIO was engaged in many diverse activities, including community and regional recovery planning; disaster recovery case management coordination; communications and public outreach; and economic, environmental, housing and infrastructure recovery.
In accordance with the provisions of House File 64, the Rebuild Iowa Office closed on June 23, 2011.
The Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission (RIAC) was a 15-member non-partisan Commission, appointed by the Governor of Iowa. The Members of the RIAC assisted the RIO in providing the vision, creativity and leadership to identify, prioritize and address the short- and long-term issues of recovery. Members of the Commission also served as Task Force Chairs for the nine RIO Recovery Task Forces, helping to facilitate dialogue on complex recovery issues and make recommendations in focused issue areas.
Nine task forces focused on the specific impacts experienced by specific sectors. Initial task force activities include:
The Rebuild Iowa Coordinating Council was created to facilitate communication among state agencies, local governments and the Rebuild Iowa Office. The Coordinating Council consisted of representatives from 18 state agencies, the Iowa League of Cities, the Iowa State Association of Counties, Council of Governments and four Iowa legislators.