Des Moines, Iowa, Feb 04, 2013 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Steve Lacina, a Business Programs Specialist in the agency’s Tipton, Iowa, office, has been elected to the Iowa Small Business Development Center’s state advisory board.
Lacina joined USDA Rural Development in 2010. Prior to the USDA Lacina was the executive director of the Cedar County Economic Development Commission for 12 years. Lacina has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and served on the college’s regional Small Business Development Center board. He is also a past president of the Professional Developers of Iowa and is the current president of the Iowa Association of Credit Specialists.
“We are pleased that Steve has been selected to serve in this important role with the Iowa Small Business Development Center,” Menner said. “Steve has tremendous knowledge and experience helping expand economic development opportunities in rural Iowa and will be a terrific asset to the advisory board.”
The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was established in 1981 and provides free, confidential, customized business advice to businesses with 500 employees or less. For more information about SBDC call (515) 294-2030, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.iowasbdc.org.
About USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry development.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 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 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.
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.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.
USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $176 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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