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Interstate Communications Honored with Annual IMPACT Award by Iowa Network Services

West Des Moines, Iowa, April 5, 2013 – Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) presented the annual Ripple Effect IMPACT award to Interstate Communications in Truro, Iowa. The IMPACT award was presented to Interstate at the Iowa Network Services’ 2013 annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, March 19 in West Des Moines.  The company was honored and recognized for leadership in community and economic development projects they helped in Warren County.  Ed Buchanan, Interstate board member, Mike Weis, CEO, and Pat McGowan, Vice President, Operations were present to receive the IMPACT award.  “Interstate and INS are strong partners in the promotion of community and business development,” said Sue Cosner, Vice President of Community Initiatives, IADG.  Cosner added “Each year Ripple Effect recognizes and honors an independent telecommunications company that has demonstrated creative and collaborative engagement in community and business development. We are so pleased that Interstate is this year’s IMPACT recipient.” 

Ripple Effect is the program alliance between INS and IADG implemented to advance the business and community development vitality of rural Iowa by partnering with the independent telecommunication companies in their economic development initiatives. The program provides financial and technical assistance to business and industry and communities, through the local independent telecommunication companies, to stimulate growth and development in rural Iowa.  The program makes available low-interest loans to business applicants and grants to communities and their economic development agencies.  INS has committed $1 million dollars over the next three years to this rural Iowa initiative. ITCs are required to match the financial assistance provided by Ripple Effect. 

Photo Caption:  (left to right) Pat McGowan, Interstate Communications; Susan Cosner, Ripple Effect; Kevin Hranicka, INS Board; Ed Buchanan, Interstate Communications; Ron Keller, INS; Mike Weis, Interstate Communications. 

For more information about the IMPACT award or the Ripple Effect program contact Kay Snyder, Director of Marketing and Communications, IADG; ksnyder@iadg.com, 515-223-4817; www.insrippleeffect.com and on Twitter: @insrippleeffect. 

About Iowa Network Services (www.iowanetworkservices.org

Iowa Network Services (INS) was founded as one of only three “centralized equal access” companies in the United States. Privately held by 122 Iowa Independent Telecommunications Companies, INS has had middle mile fiber in place since 1989. The INS Network delivers the latest in telecommunications services and continues to expand. Telephony, core network transport, Internet, dedicated fiber facilities, Internet Protocol video, colocation, network management, technical support services, and information technology are among the many products and services offered to communications companies and enterprise businesses. INS’ operating subsidiaries are iWireless, a statewide cellular partner with T-Mobile; Alliance Technologies, Inc., a Des Moines-based information technology company; and Alliance Connect, a statewide competitive local exchange company. For more information, visit www.IowaNetworkServices.com 

About Iowa Area Development Group (www.iadg.com)

Iowa Area Development Group is the marketing and economic development office for Iowa’s member-owned rural electric cooperatives and select municipal electric utilities.  IADG has assisted with over 1,800 successful business expansions and start-up projects.  This growth represents capital investment of more than $7.56 billion and 45,000 created or retained 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.

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