News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016394
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
Arthur Recognized for Outstanding Staff Mentoring and Commitment to Serving Rural Iowans
Des Moines, Iowa, May 22, 2012 --

@@Bill Menner, U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announces that John Arthur, the agency’s area director serving eastern Iowa, recently received a national 2012 Unsung Hero Award from the Organization of Professional Employees, USDA (OPEDA).

Arthur received his award during a formal ceremony at the USDA’s Whitten Building in Washington D.C. on May 14. The event was part of Public Service Recognition Week.

“We are extremely pleased that John was selected to receive this prestigious national award,” Menner said. “John is an outstanding employee and can always be counted on to give his very best. We appreciate his unwavering dedication in serving rural Iowans and his guidance and mentoring to help his staff in their personal development.”

Arthur, who has been with USDA Rural Development for 32 years, was recognized for extraordinary mentoring and guidance of staff and for providing exceptional service to rural communities.

Arthur supervises 16 staff working in USDA Rural Development’s Tipton and Mount Pleasant offices. These offices serve rural communities, businesses and homeowners in 19 eastern Iowa counties including Benton, Cedar, Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren and Washington Counties.

OPEDA is a professional association that works to enhance members’ efficiency and promote the effective operation of agencies within the USDA . OPEDA activities help with the professional advancement of members, assisting them to serve with pride and dedication.

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 the Tipton office at (563) 886-6006 Ext. 4, the Mount Pleasant office at (319) 986-5800 Ext. 4 or by visiting the agency’s web site at

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