News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015090
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
Only 100 Participants Selected for 2012 Spring GovLoop Mentors Program
Des Moines, Iowa, Mar 12, 2012 --

@@Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Nateria Dickey has been selected as a participant in the 2012 Spring GovLoop Mentors Program. Dickey was one of just 100 government employees selected nationwide for the program, and the only Iowan.

The GovLoop Mentors Program is a government-wide initiative that connects public sector professionals across agencies at every level including federal, state and local governments.

Dickey chose Dianne Sutton as her mentor. Sutton is the owner of Sutton Enterprises, a human resources and consulting firm. Sutton has also authored two books, “Workplace Etiquette: A Guide to Thriving and Surviving in Today’s Workplace” and “Recovering Your Lost Self from Adversity.”

Sutton worked for the USDA prior to starting her own business.

“I am pleased that Nateria was selected to participate in this national mentoring program,” Menner said. “Working with someone such as Diane Sutton is a tremendous opportunity for Nateria. A strong mentor relationship can have a career-long impact.”

Dickey is a housing specialist in USDA Rural Development’s Humboldt office. She works with homeowners in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, Story, Webster, Winnebago and Wright Counties.

A kick-off event for the 2012 Spring GovLoop Mentors program was held on March 9th.

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.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling (515) 284-4663 or by visiting the agency’s web site at

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