Trump Administration Invests $16.8 million to Create Jobs and Support Economic Development in Rural Iowa

posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in News

Announcement at Percival Scientific Highlights Record Level of Iowa Investment through Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program in FY2020

PERRY, Iowa, Oct. 27, 2020 – The Trump Administration, along with U.S. Department of USDA presents check to Percival Scientific for expansion projectAgriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Iowa Grant Menke, today announced that the USDA is investing $16.8 million in 25 projects to create over 200 jobs and increase economic opportunities throughout rural Iowa. These funding awards, made through USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program, were announced at Percival Scientific, an innovative designer and manufacturer of controlled environment chambers, and an ultimate recipient of two of the REDLG awards.  

Today’s announcement is part of a record level of Iowa investment – in both the amount of funds awarded ($16.8 million) and the number of projects (25) – in one fiscal year through the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. 

“The REDLG program is one of the most versatile, efficient and effective funding tools to enhance economic opportunities and create jobs in rural America,” said Menke. “Through key partnerships with rural electric cooperatives, rural telephone cooperatives, municipal utilities, and supporting organizations such as the Iowa Area Development Group, Iowa continues to lead the nation in delivering REDLG investments and projects. Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to increasing prosperity across rural America, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.” 

USDA is investing in 25 Iowa REDLG projects for Fiscal Year 2020, including the following:

Minburn Communications and Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) will each use $1 million loans to assist Percival Scientific in purchasing equipment and expanding its manufacturing facility to design and produce controlled environment chambers in Perry, Iowa, creating 12 new jobs. CIPCO was also awarded an additional six loans and three grants totaling $7.7 million to assist with eight other job creation projects across rural Iowa during the year.

Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative will utilize a $1 million loan to assist Preferred Wholesale, Inc., in Albia, Iowa, in expanding its snack food production and distribution business by constructing a new distribution warehouse center and office facility, which will create 15 new jobs.

Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative will utilize a $1 million loan and Corn Belt Power Cooperative will use a $300,000 grant to assist the Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa, with a renovation and expansion of its 25-bed critical access, community-owned hospital, creating 15 new jobs. Corn Belt Power Cooperative will also provide $60,000 in matching funds to support the project.

C-M-L Telephone Cooperative Association will use a $524,000 loan to assist Jeneary Dental with the acquisition and expansion of a dental facility within the rural community of Cherokee, Iowa. The funds will be utilized for remodeling and technology upgrades to expand the facility’s dental offerings and provide more services to its growing patient base.

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The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program allows USDA to provide funding to local utility organizations through zero-interest loans, which are then passed through to local businesses, nonprofits, and public bodies for projects that will create or enhance rural job opportunities.  The REDLG program also provides grants to eligible rural utilities for establishing revolving loan funding for community development projects.

Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development Iowa Office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million residents living in rural Iowa. Office locations include a state office in Des Moines, along with local offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

For more information, visit or call (515) 284-4663. Follow us on Twitter @RD_Iowa.

*Event video and photo provided by Central Iowa Power Cooperative