Des Moines, Iowa, Jun 12, 2012 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Kimberly Regennitter 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.
Regennitter is multi-family housing specialist in USDA Rural Development’s Tipton office working with apartment complexes and managers in 10 eastern-Iowa counties. Recently, she added nine additional counties and 59 apartment complexes in southeast Iowa to her caseload.
“Kim is a tremendous asset to the USDA Rural Development team in Iowa,” Menner said. “She is truly a team player and one we can count on to do the job right.”
Recent staff retirements at USDA Rural Development have created a need for remaining staff to take on additional assignments and coverage areas. Regennitter expanded her coverage area to 19 counties in eastern and southeastern Iowa and now works with 127 apartment complexes.
“Kim’s vast knowledge of our programs and her years of experience have enabled her to greatly expand her caseload, while at the same time provide the same service and guidance to each and every one of her clients.”
Along with managing her expanded caseload, Regennitter also helps train many of the newer housing staff around the state.
“All of us appreciate Kim’s great attitude and can-do spirit,” 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 the Tipton office at (563) 886-6006 Ext. 4 or by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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