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Release No. STELPRD4017025
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
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Local Community and Economic Leaders Encouraged to Participate in Conversations

Des Moines, Iowa, Jul 05, 2012 -- Local residents, business owners and community leaders in and around Avoca, Dubuque and Oskaloosa will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about opportunities and challenges in rural Iowa when USDA Rural Development State Director Bill Menner visits their communities in July.

On Tuesday, July 10th a rural-issues roundtable will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Club House at The Avoca Golf Club, 1701 N. Willow Street in Avoca. The next day, Wednesday, July 11th a roundtable will start at 10 a.m. at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office, 14858 W. Ridge Lane, Suite 2, Dubuque (on Highway 20 between Dubuque and Peosta).

Finally, on Tuesday, July 24th there will be another roundtable from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Smokey Row Coffee House, 109 S. Market Street in Oskaloosa.

All of the meetings are open to the public

USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested nearly $2 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.

Today, more than 1.7 million Iowans live in rural communities and areas, and nearly half of the state’s communities have fewer than 500 residents.

USDA Rural Development is working with rural communities to create jobs, expand opportunity, encourage innovation and build a strong foundation for the future. The agency currently administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility loan and grant programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents and farmers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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.

What: Rural-Issues Roundtable Discussions – facilitated by USDA Rural Development

When and Where: 

Tuesday, July 10th

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Club House at The Avoca Golf Club

1701 N. Willow Street

Avoca, Iowa

Wednesday, July 11th

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office

14858 W. Ridge Lane, Suite 2

Dubuque, Iowa (on Highway 20 between Dubuque and Peosta)

Tuesday, July 24th

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Smokey Row Coffee House

109 South Market Street

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Contact Information: Bill Menner will be available for comments at the events. If you would like to speak with him before the events please contact Darin Leach at (515) 284-4747 (office) or (515) 669-5691 (cell).

For more information about finance programs available through USDA Rural Development, please call (515) 284-4663 or visit the agency’s web site at

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. 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.

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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Last Modified:06/20/2013 
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