About Us

Strong partnerships - like those between your local independent telecommunications provider, Aureon and Iowa Area Development Group - make stronger communities and help Iowa grow.

The Ripple Effect program, a partnership alliance between Aureon and 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 their communities 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. The program 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. At a minimum, the qualified telecommunications providers are required to match the local financial assistance provided by Ripple Effect.

Other Ripple Effect services include financial packaging for development projects; research and education; awareness and training; business marketing and outreach; and development project facilitation including direct financial assistance through loans and grants from Aureon. For decades Aureon, through Iowa's Independent Telecommunications Companies and IADG, on behalf of the Rural Electric Cooperatives, have provided leadership, vision and commitment to rural communities in Iowa. 

2017 Ripple Effect Report (PDF download)

Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) is the business and community development leader for Iowa's rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies. Since 1985, the Powerful Partnerships and economic development efforts of IADG and their sponsors have helped to generate over $10 billion of capital investment and created or retained nearly 50,000 jobs for Iowa.  

AureonTM is a business solutions provider who connects possibilities to productivity by providing unique and scalable business support services for organizations small and large. Headquartered in the heart of the Midwest, and serving clients nationally with a presence in 48 states, Aureon offers a comprehensive suite of support services, with a focus on human resources, talent acquisition, technology, contact center and consulting services. Aureon's unique combination of talent, technology and tools enable clients to focus on their core business. For more information, visit www.Aureon.com.
    
Aureon Fiber Optic Network map (PDF download)