Neola Development Group Receives Planning Grants

Aureon has announced that Neola Development, Inc. is the recipient of a $1,500 Ripple Effect planning grant for a Community Elderly Housing Study to determine the feasibility of developing additional senior housing in the community. The application was made to Aureon by Walnut Communications on behalf of the Neola Development board of directors. Walnut Communications will match the Aureon grant to make $3,000 available for the study. null

A check presentation was  made to Neola Development on Thursday, May 18 at 8:00 am at the Farmers & Merchants Bank located at 300 Front Street in Neola.  

“The Ripple Effect grant in addition to our matching grant will allow the community to move forward with their study and identify additional housing opportunities for the elderly in Neola. It’s a win-win-win for Neola, our company and the entire region,” says Janell Hansen, General Manager of Walnut Communications.

Neola Development has selected the firm of Hanna:Keelan Associates, P.C. out of Lincoln, Nebraska to conduct the study. The city of Neola has been involved with the Neola Development, Inc. board of directors on the project and is committed to providing additional resources to the city for seniors living in the community. The city has agreed to share in the cost of the study.  

About Walnut Communications

Walnut Communications is a locally owned telecommunications company, with offices in both Walnut and Avoca, providing internet, telephone, long distance and cable TV services to the communities of Walnut, Avoca, Shelby, Minden, Neola, Persia, Underwood & McClelland. Walnut Communications is owned by Marne & Elk Horn Telephone in Elk Horn. Walnut Communications is proud to serve this area and works hard every day to provide the best products for our customers, with the latest technology. For more information, please visit

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 solutions, 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 IADG (

Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) is the marketing and business development office for Iowa’s member-owned rural electric cooperatives, select municipal electric utilities and independent telecommunication companies. IADG has assisted with over 2,000 successful business expansions and start-up projects. This growth represents capital investment of more than $10 billion and 50,000 jobs for Iowa.  Iowa Area Development Group was established in 1985 to promote and strengthen rural Iowa development opportunities. Stay connected with IADG news at and  

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. Aureon has committed $1 million dollars to this rural Iowa initiative. At minimum, the Independent Telecommunications Companies 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. For more information about this grant or the Ripple Effect program, contact Susan Cosner, Vice President, Community Initiatives, IADG;, 515.777-7308; and on Twitter@rippleeffectia.

Contact: Sue Cosner                                                             

Phone: 515-777-7308