Des Moines, Iowa, Apr 06, 2012 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Jake Scott 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.
Scott, a housing specialist in USDA Rural Development’s Albia office, is also serving this year as the agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity chairperson in Iowa, is helping plan Diversity Day activities and is playing a key role in identifying staff to fill special emphasis roles.
“Jake consistently exhibits a very high level of organization, concern and compassion for the people and families who use our agency’s home loan programs,” Menner said. “He is also dedicated to coaching, training and stepping in whenever asked to help his co-workers in Albia and around the state.”
At the same time, Scott has the ability to keep everyone in the office smiling.
“He is an asset to our team from the time he enters with a warm smile to the times when his infectious laugh causes everyone to drop the crisis of the moment and enjoy the lighter side,” Menner said.
On numerous occasions Scott has indentified partnerships with local, state and other federal organizations to help deliver USDA’s home loan programs to provide the best possible outcomes for families in rural Iowa.
“Jake’s kindness and respect for others always shines through brightly,” 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.
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 www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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