Des Moines, Iowa, Aug 24, 2012 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Taylor Sims 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.
Sims, who has worked in the Le Mars office as a rural housing technician since 2010, is being recognized for continually going above and beyond to graciously assist co-workers.
“Taylor’s high energy and deep passion for helping rural Iowans is infectious,” Menner said. “In the face of the many retirements we have seen at USDA the last couple years, Taylor has shown an unwavering commitment to help her co-workers in any way possible.”
Most recently Sims assisted with USDA Rural Development’s cultural transformation efforts, wellness initiative and state meeting. She is also actively involved in the agency’s professional network and has created numerous mentorship opportunities for herself.
“Taylor never turns down and opportunity to learn and gain knowledge,” Menner added. “She is an important part of our team and I’m happy to recognize her this month,” 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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