Des Moines, Iowa -, May 15, 2014 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that John Arthur will be retiring on May 30 after a 34-year USDA career. Arthur is currently an Area Director with the agency serving 19 counties in eastern and southeastern Iowa.
“John is an exceptional member of the USDA Rural Development leadership team and it has been a pleasure to work with him,” Menner said. “John has touched so many lives during his time at USDA. Those in the rural places he has served, those in the area offices with whom he worked, and those across the state who benefitted from his wisdom and friendship.”
Arthur began working as a USDA Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) loan officer in Williamsburg in 1980 assisting area farmers and lenders through the ag crisis of the 1980s. In 1991, he moved to the Tipton office and began working as an FmHA Assistant District Director. From 1995 to 2005 he worked out of USDA’s Iowa City office as a Community Development Manager. For the last nine years he has worked as the Area Director overseeing Rural Development staff in the Tipton and Mt. Pleasant offices serving residents, businesses and communities in 19 eastern and southeastern Iowa counties.
“John has the understanding of what applicants and borrowers need, and his great customer focus leads him to find ways to help people become successful homeowners and business owners,” Menner added. “He knows the techniques and processes to write quality loans and give people the chance to succeed.”
Arthur is also this month’s recipient of the Vilsack-Wallace Award 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.
“John is a great mentor and knows exactly how to utilize his team members’ strengths to provide excellent results,” Menner added. “We are all extremely happy for him as he enters a new phase of his life, but we will miss him greatly.”
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about USDA Rural Development please call the Tipton office at (563) 886-6006 Ext. 4 or the Mt. Pleasant office at (319) 986-5800 Ext. 4 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural 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.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,000 jobs, aided 2,600 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
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.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs 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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