City of Westside Receives Ripple Effect Grant For Eugene Koch Memorial Project

Aureon has announced that the Westside Economic Development Group (WE DO) is the recipient of a $500 Ripple Effect planning grant for the Eugene Koch monument project to be located in the city’s Westside  Veterans Park. WE DO will use the grant proceeds to help pay for engineering services provided by JEO Consulting Group out of their Carroll office. The Ripple Effect grant was applied for and matched by Western Iowa Networks, the full-service telecommunications provider in Westside, to make $1,000 available for the project. A check presentation will be held on Tuesday, August 30 at 10:00 am at the project site.

 “The Ripple Effect grant, in addition to our $500 match will assist WE Do with the engineering services that are required for the project. We are pleased that we could apply to Aureon for their grant to help with the planning of this very important facility for the community” says Chuck Deisbeck, CEO of Western Iowa Networks.

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 and IADG on behalf of the Rural Electric Cooperatives 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, IADG;, 515-777-7308; and on Twitter @RippleEffectIA.

 About Aureon (

Aureon, the new name for the INS Family of Companies, 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 Western Iowa Networks (

Breda Telephone Corp. ~ d.b.a. Western Iowa Networks (WIN) ~ is a leading communications company based in Breda, IA. We are one of Western Iowa's largest independent telephone companies, and one of the area’s most diverse service providers. WIN was founded in 1905 as Breda Telephone Company and today provides telephone, internet, cellular, digital television, and many complementary services to over 10,000 customers across Western and Southwestern Iowa including the cities of Arcadia; Auburn; Breda; Carroll; Farragut; Lidderdale; Macedonia; Pacific Junction and Westside.

 About Iowa Area Development Group (

Iowa Area Development Group is the marketing and economic development office for Iowa’s rural telecommunication companies, rural electric cooperatives and select municipal electric utilities. IADG has assisted with over 2,000 successful business expansions and start-up projects. This growth represents capital investment of more than $10.15 billion and 51,500 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.

Media Contact:

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