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Release No.STELPRD4010579
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
Honkomp is the Housing Programs Director with USDA Rural Development in Iowa
Des Moines, IA, May 23, 2011 --

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Winterset Resident Heather Honkomp Recognized for 20 Years of Service to the

Federal Government

Honkomp is the Housing Programs Director with USDA Rural Development in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – May 23, 2011 – Bill Menner, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Iowa, recently recognized Winterset resident, and Greenfield native, Heather Honkomp for achieving 20 years of service to the federal government.

Honkomp is currently the housing programs director with USDA Rural Development in Iowa. Through her leadership more than 10,700 families and households in Iowa utilized $261 million from USDA Rural Development housing programs in 2010.

Honkomp began her federal service career in 1991 as an intern with USDA Rural Development while attending Iowa State University. She began full-time with the agency in 1994 as an assistant county supervisor in Ankeny working primarily with housing loans. In 1997, she transferred to the agency’s Atlantic office. Five years later she moved to State Office in Des Moines and became a single family housing specialist. She was named housing programs director for Iowa in 2008.

“Every day, Heather helps USDA Rural Development live our mission of increasing economic opportunities and improving the quality of life for all rural Americans,” Menner said. “We are extremely grateful that Heather has been a part of our agency the past 20 years.”

During the past year, USDA Rural Development’s investment in rural Iowa helped create or retain more than 2,200 jobs in rural Iowa, aided 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 250 rural communities as they make improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of direct and guaranteed rural credit programs involving single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and cooperative programs.

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USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling (515) 284-4663 or visiting

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