Le Mars, Iowa, Apr 16, 2013 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, was in Le Mars today to celebrate Mitch Sabin’s 40-year career milestone in public service. Sabin is currently a community programs specialist in USDA Rural Development’s Le Mars, Iowa, office.
“Congratulations on reaching a career milestone of 40 years of service to the federal government,” Menner said. “You should be very proud of all that you accomplished during this time.”
Sabin’s federal career began in 1973 with four years of service in the U.S. Air Force.
He started working for USDA in 1977 as a farm loan specialist in the Ida County Service Center. Two years later he was transfer to the Plymouth County Service Center in Le Mars and was promoted to a county supervisor working on farm loans and housing loans.
In 1995, Sabin joined the newly created USDA Rural Development team and supervised the home loan team in the Le Mars office. Finally, in 2004 Sabin became the community programs specialist, also in the Le Mars office, serving 10 counties in northwest Iowa.
“During your career you have always been driven to get as much funding and assistance as possible to the communities you serve,” Menner said. “Whether it is a housing subdivision, new fire truck, emergency services equipment, childcare center or new water system, your fingerprints can be seen in hundreds of rural communities.”
Sabin continues to take on the challenge of assisting numerous community-development projects from all over northwest Iowa. Through all his experiences Sabin has obtained a wonderful ability to see projects as much more than just buildings and equipment. He truly understands how the USDA programs he works in greatly impact the lives of the people he serves.
“No matter the project size or scope, whether it is construction of a multi-million dollar hospital or equipment for a local fire department, you are dedicated to helping improve the quality of life in rural America,” Menner added. “Thank you again for being such a wonderful public servant these past 40 years. This is a tremendous accomplishment and rural America thanks you.”
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 Le Mars office at (712) 546-5149 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 $181 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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