Des Moines, Iowa, Dec 15, 2011 -- December 15, 2011 – Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Le Mars resident Tyler Koopman 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.
Since joining USDA Rural Development in 2009, Koopman, a 2005 Le Mars Community High School graduate, has worked in every program area within the agency and has assisted staff and applicants in both the Atlantic and LeMars offices.
“Tyler has embraced working across program areas by providing solid support to all of his co-workers,” Menner said. “He even assists in mentoring newer team members by showing them tips, tricks and resources for increased accuracy and productivity.”
Koopman started working in the agency’s Community Programs area helping communities in need of infrastructure improvements. He has also assisted with inspections and compliance reviews of USDA-funded apartment complexes, and has learned the agency’s home-loan application process.
Koopman currently works in the USDA’s LeMars office supporting the delivery of the agency’s Business Programs that help create jobs in rural communities.
“In his short time with us Tyler has proven again and again that he is an extremely valuable, reliable and resourceful member of our team,” Menner added.
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.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,900 jobs, aided 2,000 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 80 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural areas and 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.
The LeMars office, which can be reached at (712) 546-5149 Ext. 4, serves communities, residents and businesses in Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury Counties.
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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