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Blog // Connect Iowa

Iowa Regional Interoperability Committee Workshop

By Sarah Hagen

The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) will be conducting a series of meetings related to the deployment of FirstNet within Iowa. Additionally these regional meetings will establish the creation of Regional Interoperability Committees (RICs) within each of the six Iowa homeland security regions.

The workshop will expand on the discussion that occurred at the first round of FirstNet meetings which took place in all 99 counties. Not only will the attendees receive an update on the progress of FirstNet at the federal and state levels, the workshop will also include a series of tabletop exercises that involves how FirstNet will operate to enhance communities’ Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system to be part of the overall public safety communications solution.

The primary purpose of this workshop is to create a regional interoperability committee (RIC). This facilitated process will include the election of officers for the RIC as well as laying the ground work for how the RIC will interface with the ISICSB. Specifically each group at the workshop will nominate and elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for its Region. In order to be considered, nominees must be present or have submitted a nomination to ISICSB via e-mail to no later than August 14 at 5:00 p.m. Central.

The meetings are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 5:00 p.m.  The dates and locations are:


August 18, Region 1

Polk County EOC, 1905 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314


September 17, Region 6

Hawkeye Community College, 844 W. 4th Street, Waterloo, IA 50702


September 30, Region 5

Indian Hill Community College, 525 Grandview Avenue, Ottumwa, IA 52501

Rural Health Ed Center, Room 111


October 13, Region 4

Southwestern Community College - Osceola Center, 2520 College Drive, Osceola, IA 50213

Room 180


October 29, Region 3

Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), 4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106


November 10, Region 2

Mason City Library, 225 2nd Street SE, Mason City, IA 50401


Primary points of contacts will be discussed in each county for various disciplines and the ISICSB would like to share and review its public safety contact list. Disciplines include: Courts/Corrections/Security; Emergency Management; EMS; Facilities; Fire; Highway/DOT; Hospital/Medical; Military; National Security/Intel; Law Enforcement; Public Administration; Public Health; Public Safety Communications; Public Utilities; Specialized Law; Transportation; Other Government; Other Regulatory; and Other.

Additional information, including the agenda for this regional workshop, can be found on the Board’s website at  Those interested in attending should register via the website or by contacting Sherry Murphy at

Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board, is working to spread awareness of FirstNet throughout Iowa.


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