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posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 in News

Minburn Communications Receives 2017 Ripple Effect IMPACT Award  

Independent Telecom Recognized for its Leadership in Community and Economic Development

Minburn Communications (with offices located in Minburn, Woodward, and Perry) has been Impact Award Presentation to Deb Lucht of Minburn Communicationsawarded the 2017 Ripple Effect IMPACT Award. Minburn Communications is a critical partner in the successful state-certification of the city of Perry’s 134-acre Industrial Park and the ongoing certification process for the city of Woodward’s 186-acre Eco-Park. This award celebrates and honors Minburn Communications for its engagement with and collaborative contribution to community and economic development in their respective communities.

“We understood the dramatic impact that having development-ready business parks has on our cities’ ability to compete in the economic development field. We have delivered fiber infrastructure to these sites; and we stand ready to assist prospective companies with all their broadband and other telecommunication needs to ensure a competitive and feasible location option for them in either Perry or Woodward,” says General Manager, Deb Lucht.

“Our company’s strategic pursuit of economic development has served our communities well and has resulted in critical growth for a wide range of stakeholders, states Bill Clark, Minburn board member.

“We are honored to receive the IMPACT Award,” continues Lucht. “Programs like Ripple Effect are important tools for rural communities to attract businesses, create jobs, and spur economic growth. To do that, we must provide all the infrastructure amenities of a metro area on a rural budget, and that takes the vision, creativity and teamwork from the entire community.”

The Ripple Effect IMPACT award is awarded annually and recognizes economic development leadership, investment in and contribution to communities served by an Aureon shareholder. The award is sponsored by Aureon and Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), which manages the Ripple Effect program. 

About Minburn Communications

Minburn Communications is a technology leader in rural Iowa, bringing World Class Connections to Minburn, Woodward, Perry, Bouton and Dallas Center. Minburn Communications services connect customers with Broadband Internet, Voice Services, Video Entertainment, and Fixed Wireless Internet. Connecting communities with quality telecommunications service is a top priority, second only to the Hometown Touch employees provide in the office, onsite, and over the phone. Minburn Communications has been certified a Gig-Capable-Provider by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association. To achieve certification, a company must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges.  Minburn provides the gigabit technology in 100% of its service territory.  For more information, visit www.minburncomm.com.

About Aureon (www.Aureon.com)

Aureon is a business solutions provider who connects possibilities to productivity by providing unique and scalable business support services for organizations – small and large. Headquartered in the heart of the Midwest, and serving clients nationally with a presence in 48 states, Aureon offers a comprehensive suite of support solutions, with a focus on Technology, HR and Contact Center services. Aureon’s unique combination of talent, technology and tools enable clients to focus on their core business. For more information, visit www.Aureon.com.

About IADG (www.iadg.com)

Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) is the marketing and business development office for Iowa’s member-owned rural electric cooperatives, select municipal electric utilities and independent telecommunication companies. IADG has assisted with over 2,000 successful business expansions and start-up projects. This growth represents capital investment of more than $10 billion and 50,000 jobs for Iowa.  Iowa Area Development Group was established in 1985 to promote and strengthen rural Iowa development opportunities. Stay connected with IADG news at www.facebook.com/IADG.IA and www.twitter.com/IADGIOWA.  

About Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect program, a partnership alliance between Aureon and Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), is designed to advance the business and community development vitality of rural Iowa by joining local Independent Telecommunications Companies and partnering municipalities in their economic development initiatives. The program provides financial and technical assistance to business and industry and communities, through local telecommunication providers, to stimulate growth and development in rural Iowa. The program makes available low-interest loans to business applicants and planning grants to communities and their economic development partners for various types of community development projects. Aureon has committed $1 million dollars to this rural Iowa initiative. At minimum, the Independent Telecommunications Companies are required to match the local financial assistance provided by Ripple Effect.

Other Ripple Effect services include financial packaging for development projects; research and education; awareness and training; business marketing and outreach; and development project facilitation including direct financial assistance through loans and grants from Aureon. For decades Aureon, through Iowa’s Independent Telecommunications Companies and IADG, on behalf of the Rural Electric Cooperatives, have provided leadership, vision and commitment to rural communities. For more information about this grant or the Ripple Effect program, contact Susan Cosner, Vice President, Community Initiatives, IADG; scosner@iadg.com, 515.777-7308; www.rippleeffectworks.org and on Twitter@insrippleeffect.

Photo Caption: Ron Keller, President/CEO Aureon; Deb Lucht, General Manager, Minburn Communications; Sue Cosner, Vice President Community Initiatives, Iowa Area Development Group