City of Cascade Receives Ripple Effect Grant for Hotel Feasibility Study

Aureon has announced that the city of Cascade is the recipient of a $2,625 Ripple Effect planning grant for a hotel feasibility study. The city will use the grant proceeds to help defray the cost of the study to be conducted by Patek Hospitality Consultants headquartered in Sussex, Wisconsin. The Ripple Effect grant was applied for and matched by Cascade Communications, the city’s full-service telecommunications provider to make a total of $5,250 available for the study. The remainder of the cost will be provided by the city of Cascade. A check presentation will be held on Monday, November 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cascade City Hall.

“The Ripple Effect grant, in addition to our $2,625 match will assist the city with the hotel study. We are pleased that we could apply to Aureon for their grant to help with the planning of this very important development for the community,” says Dave Gibson, General Manager of Cascade Communications.

About Ripple Effect

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 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. 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 Independent Telecommunications Companies are required to make a one-to-one match to leverage the financial assistance provided by Ripple Effect.

Other Ripple Effect services include financial packaging for development projects; 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, has provided leadership, vision, and commitment to rural communities.

For more information about this grant or the Ripple Effect program, contact Sue Cosner, Vice President, Community Initiatives, Iowa Area Development Group;, 515-777-7308; and on Twitter @RippleEffectIA.

About Aureon (

Aureon 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 Technology, HR and Contact Center services. Aureon’s unique combination of talent, technology and tools enable clients to focus on their core business. For more information, visit

About Cascade Communications (

Cascade Communications delivers high-speed internet, video and telephone services to Cascade, Iowa and surrounding rural areas. Since its establishment in 1954, Cascade Communications has been a leader in the deployment of communications technology. Their commitment to technology is best illustrated by a community-wide fiber optic network deployed in 2010. This network is future-proof and ensures Cascade will have continual access to state-of-the-art internet services. As a locally-owned company, they strive to support projects to benefit the overall well-being of Cascade and the customers we serve.

Media Contact:

Sue Cosner, Vice President, Community Initiatives, IADG;, 515-777-7308; and on Twitter @RippleEffectIA.?