Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
Good evening and welcome to our June 11th live blog from the Ames City Council. A couple of things of note this evening--the council will consider an adaptive reuse plan for the former Roosevelt Elementary school site. The developer wants to put in condominiums while preserving the historic nature of the building. There may be some tax breaks available for this project. Also, the council will consider a petition to reject the annexation of land on Oakwood Rd. This annexation was agreed to by people in the area, and approved by the council at it's final meeting in May. Mayor Ann Campbell told us this week this was the first time in her memory that a voluntary annexation request has been withdrawn.
7:48PM--On the Roosevelt reuse issue, developer Dean Jensen says the project, once completed could generate as much as $3.5 million in property tax revenue for the city. As it was a school for so long, Jensen says this may the first time it's ever generated revenue for the city.
7:50PM--At-Large Council Member Matthew Goodman asks Jensen if he'd still do the project if abatement wasn't granted--Jensen says he would. At-Large Council Member Peter Orazem objects to the premise, saying the city shouldn't be in the business of "playing chicken" with developers on the abatement issue.
7:55PM--Fourth Ward Council Member Victoria Szopinski is not convinced abatement is necessary, that the project would be desireable without the tax break.
8:00PM--Szopinski extends the "city picking winners and losers" trope. This reporter feels this is a false premise, in that the council by it's very nature picks winners and losers every time it votes.
8:07PM--As to Goodman's tax abatement question earlier, it should be noted that he has been on record for a long time in opposition to it's use. If he opposes here, he is being consistent.
8:11PM--A bit of house cleaning I should have mentioned earlier--1st Ward Council Member Tom Wacha is absent. 2nd Ward Council Member Jami Larson is acting as Mayor Pro-Temp in Mayor Campbell absence.
8:12PM--Council passes tax abatement request, Szopinski and Goodman vote "no."
8:20PM--Goodman and Szopinski both sing Roosevelt project's praises, but double down on abatement being unnecessary,
8:23PM--Council passes reuse and abatement criteria unanimously.