Iowa Network Services (INS) is proud to announce that Ripple Effect is the 2012 winner of the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Community Development Award presented by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA).
The FRS Community Development Award recognizes the outreach efforts of an NTCA member or individual employee who has made a significant impact in their own community. The annual award honors those companies and individuals for their commitment to improving the lives of the customers they serve. The winner is recognized for exceptional efforts in the areas of rural economic development, education, volunteerism, and philanthropy. Kevin Hranicka, INS Board Chairman, accepted the award on behalf of INS and Ripple Effect at NTCA’s Fall Conference in Baltimore, MD, on September 19, 2012.
Established in 2007, Ripple Effect, which is funded by INS and implemented by Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), is designed specifically for Independent Telecommunications Companies in Iowa to more fully participate in business and economic development initiatives in their service territories. “INS wants to do all it can to help people enjoy life in rural Iowa, and to participate and succeed in a global economy. INS can do that by supporting the advanced services delivered by the Independent Telecommunications Companies and by supporting their economic and community development efforts,” said Ron Keller, INS President/CEO.
“This program is truly successful because of the Independent Telecommunications Companies and their dedication to their communities,” stated Susan Cosner, Ripple Effect Program Manager and Vice President, Community Initiatives, IADG.
Ripple Effect offers flexible guidelines for securing financial contributions from INS that must be matched by financial commitments from the Independent Telecommunications Companies and local development partners. Financial assistance is provided in the form of both business and industry loans and community partner grants. In addition, Ripple Effect offers facilitation of strategic planning and marketing of communities. Since its inception, INS and Ripple Effect has provided technical services and/or funding for 24 projects.
“Ripple Effect is recognized across the state as a premier creative partnership that combines the leadership and financial commitment of INS and the expertise and dedication of the local Independent Telecommunications Companies in facilitating successful community and economic development,” stated Cosner.
Keller added, “Since its inception, over 25 communities throughout Iowa have made valuable use of nearly $300,000 in direct financial assistance, as well as the technical expertise, provided through Ripple Effect. We’re proud to receive this award, prouder yet to be making a difference in the communities we serve.”
Pictured left to right: Lee Logan, President of the Foundation for Rural Service Board; Elizabeth Crocker, Executive Director of Foundation for Rural Service; Kevin Hranicka, INS Board Chairman.