City of Cambridge Receives Ripple Effect Grant

posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in News

Aureon has announced that the city of Cambridge is the recipient of a $5,000 Ripple Effect City of Cambridge Iowa Received Ripple Effect Grantplanning grant for the city’s community center project. The city will use the grant proceeds for architectural services for the project. The Ripple Effect grant was applied for and matched by Huxley Communications, the full-service telecommunications provider in Cambridge, to make $10,000 available to the city.

“The Ripple Effect grant, in addition to our $5,000 match will allow the city to proceed with further design of the community center. We are pleased that we could help with the planning of this very important facility for the community” says Gary Clark, General Manager of Huxley Communications. Upon hearing of the grant award, Scott DeYoung, mayor of Cambridge said “The new multi-purpose community center will offer our residents a venue for events and provide a modern city hall, library and community room for private and public events held in the city. We appreciate the support of Huxley Communications and Aureon.”

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.  At a minimum, the Independent Telecommunications Companies are required to make a one-to-one match to leverage the financial assistance provided by Ripple Effect.

Other Ripple Effect services include financial packaging for development projects; 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 has provided leadership, vision, and commitment to rural communities. For more information about this grant or the Ripple Effect program, contact Sue Cosner, Vice President, Community Initiatives, IADG;, 515-777-7308; and on Twitter @RippleEffectIA.

About Aureon (

Aureon, the new name for the INS Family of Companies, 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 services, 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

About Huxley Communications (

Huxley Communications Cooperative was founded in 1937 after operating under the Huxley Mutual Telephone Company title for decades. The Huxley Communications Cooperative was formed with the intent to give customers the best products and services in telecommunications technology while benefiting the membership by operating a successful coop. With its recent focus on expansion and community growth, Huxley Communications now services over 2500 households in seven central Iowa communities and rural areas. While providing state-of-the-art technology and delivering outstanding customer service, Huxley Communications is also very active in its communities, contributing annually to community-based, non-profit organizations.

About Iowa Area Development Group (

Iowa Area Development Group is the marketing and economic development office for Iowa’s rural telecommunication companies, rural electric cooperatives and select municipal electric utilities. IADG has assisted with over 2,000 successful business expansions and start-up projects. This growth represents capital investment of more than $10.15 billion and 51,500 jobs for Iowa. The Iowa Area Development Group was established in 1985 to promote and strengthen rural Iowa development opportunities with no-cost services that include building and site selection, financial packaging, research and education, marketing, and other technical assistance.

Photo Caption: Pictured left to right:  From left to right:  Drew Kamp, Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission and Director of Story County Community Outreach and Government Relations; Sue Cosner, VP of Community Initiatives, Iowa Area Development Group; Rick Sanders, Chair, Story County Board of Supervisors; Gary Clark, Huxley Communications, General Manager; Scott DeYoung, Mayor, City of Cambridge; Marty Chitty, Story County Board of Supervisors; and Tricia Todd, Cambridge City Council