Monona receives grant for master planning

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Iowa Network Services (INS) announced the award of a $5,000 Ripple Effect grant to the city of Monona, which will assist the city’s efforts in master planning for a business park development. The INS grant was applied for and matched with another $5,000 grant by Northeast Iowa Telephone Company (NEIT). Pictured (left to right) are Monona Chamber and Economic Development Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson, Steve Hanson with NEIT, Monona City Administrator Dan Canton, Monona Mayor Barb Collins and Sue Cosner with the Iowa Area Development Group. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Iowa Network Services (INS), located in West Des Moines, announced the award of a $5,000 Ripple Effect grant to the city of Monona. The grant will assist the city’s efforts in financial, geographic and infrastructure exploration, and planning for a business park development. The INS grant was applied for and matched with another $5,000 grant by Northeast Iowa Telephone Company (NEIT), headquartered in Monona. 

NEIT is Monona’s full-service telecommunication provider and along with many of Iowa’s independent telecommunications companies, has been an owner-shareholder of INS since its inception, and recently completed its investment in fiber-optic-to-the-premise network throughout Monona.

“INS supports the city’s desire to master plan a business park in the community and we are pleased that we can partner with NEIT to help the city start its planning process,” stated Ron Keller, INS President/CEO.

According to NEIT’s chief operating officer, David Byers, “NEIT is proud to work with the Iowa Area Development Group and the city leadership of Monona to begin this very important planning initiative in and with the community. We are also excited to work with the city’s selected consultant, McClure Engineering.”

“We are thrilled that NEIT and Iowa Network Services have joined us as financial partners in the master planning project,” said Monona City Administrator Dan Canton. “After conducting consultant interviews, the grant dollars now enable us to hire McClure Engineering, of Clive, to conduct the master planning. We believe McClure truly understands our need for planning and has the expertise to help us focus on the most important elements of a strong future land development perspective.

The Ripple Effect Program, a partnership alliance between INS and the 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. It also 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. INS has committed $1 million to this rural Iowa initiative. At minimum, the Independent Telecommunications Companies are required to match the local financial assistance provided by Ripple Effect.

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