on Friday, November 8, 2019
Ten staff from USDA Rural Development’s Deputy Chief Finance Office in Washington D.C. recently joined State Director Grant Menke on a four-day tour of rural Iowa. The delegation visited 20 USDA Rural Development-funded projects in 14 rural Iowa communities.
The Deputy Chief Finance Office develops and estimates budgetary requirements for USDA Rural Development loan and grant programs and administrative expenses. Staff in the office also play a key role in setting subsidy rates for many USDA Rural Development programs.
The tour included many stops at REDL&G projects assisted by rural electric and telephone
cooperatives. Project visits included the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum in Winterset and downtown Winterset (Farmers Electric Cooperative Inc.,) the Stanton Viking Center and downtown Stanton (Farmers Mutual Telephone Company), Monroe County Hospital in Albia (Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative), RELCO Locomotives in Albia (Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative), Inspire U Bake Shoppe in Albia (Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative), RMA Armament in Centerville (Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative), Sully Locker and Market in Sully (Pella Cooperative Electric Association and Central Iowa Power Cooperative) and the Perry Police Department (Minburn Communications).