Des Moines, Iowa, Oct 17, 2011 -- DES MOINES, Iowa – October 17, 2011 – Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Shannon Chase is this month’s Vilsack-Wallace Award recipient for exceptional contributions to USDA Rural Development in Iowa.
The Vilsack-Wallace Award is given each month to a USDA Rural Development employee in Iowa who goes above and beyond their normal work duties to assist rural Iowans and USDA staff.
Chase is the Acting Business Programs Director with USDA Rural Development in Iowa.
“Shannon has handled the past year as our Acting Business Programs Director with an extremely high level of professionalism and dedication,” Menner said. “She is a tremendous example of someone who goes above and beyond every single day without skipping a beat, even as new challenges are constantly being presented to her and her team.”
Under Chase’s leadership this past year USDA Rural Development’s Business Programs in Iowa provided $49.6 million in guaranteed loans, direct loans and grants to nearly 250 businesses, producers and economic development organizations helping create jobs and improve economic opportunities all across the state.
“Shannon oversees some of the most challenging and complex programs our agency offers,” Menner added. “I am extremely proud of Shannon and all that the Business Programs team accomplished in 2011.”
The Vilsack-Wallace Award is named for the two most recent Iowans to serve as U.S. Agriculture Secretary. Tom Vilsack served as Iowa’s governor from 1999 to 2007. Henry A. Wallace was the first Ag Secretary and later Vice President under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He also perfected the first corn hybrid and founded Hi-Bred Corn, which later became Pioneer Hi-Bred.
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.
During the past year USDA Rural Development funds have allowed the agency to help create or retain more than 2,200 jobs in rural Iowa, aid 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assist more than 250 rural communities as they make improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call (515) 284-4663.
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 visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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