News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021727
ContactVicki Schurman402 437 5563
Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug 01, 2013 --

@@It is with great pride that I announce Shelly Latham as our latest recipient of the USDA Rural "Development Heartland Award," said State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development. Latham is the Business Programs Technician in the Scottsbluff USDA Rural Developent office.

"We have named this the Heartland Award because the employees who are recognized are at the Heart of our Team at USDA Rural Development," said Moul.

The Heartland Award is given monthly through nominations submitted by employees for actions that go above and beyond the call of an employee’s duty. The state Rural Development management team reviews the nominations and selects the winner. A traveling trophy is given to the winner selected each month.

"Shelly is always willing to help out and is a team player pitching in to help get the job done. Her willingness to assist the Norfolk Business Program Specialist with technician duties given Norfolk Business Programs is absent a technician and it’s a crunch time for energy, brings us that much closer to being able to meet our Energy Program Goals," said Moul. Latham was nominated by Deb Yocum, Business Specialist in Lincoln.

Latham joined Rural Development in October of 2011 and is currently the Business Programs Technician.  Her background includes 17 years in the Real Estate and Lending industry. She is a California native. 

"I very much enjoy my position with Rural Development and my positive role in helping rural businesses and communities- enjoying the good life!   I truly believe in trying to my best in everything I do; I love challenges and enjoy learning, which my job has provided."  Latham states that her aunt was instrumental in her career change to a government position. "I was exhausted working the foreclosure business for the banks and I wanted to be a better mom and turn my cell phone off on the weekends- So here I am!   The Business Programs team has provided me much support and has endured my endless questions with a great attitude. They have provided me with guidance, while letting me do my research, which is the way I like to work. Thank you so much for the recognition and the award, it is such an honor!"


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