Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association Receives USDA and Ripple Effect Grants
Aureon has announced that Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association (WCTA) is the recipient of a $30,000 Ripple Effect grants for one-half of the company’s match requirement for its recent USDA grant award of $300,000. The Ripple Effect grant was matched by WCTA. The news comes after USDA awarded the independent telecom a $300,000 grant. The USDA funds are awarded through USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service Programs.
Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association will use the USDA and Ripple Effect grant proceeds to assist Winnebago County with the development of their new public safety center in Forest City. The facility will house the Sheriff’s headquarters, county detention facilities, all of the county’s E911 communications technology, the office of emergency management, and a dispatch and training center.
“The Ripple Effect and USDA grants in addition to our match will allow our company to create a revolving loan fund of $360,000 for the region and make our first loan to the county at zero percent interest over ten years, all to assist the county with the much-needed new law enforcement facility. It’s a win-win-win for the county, our company and the entire region,” says Mark Thoma, CEO and General Manager of Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association.
About Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association
WCTA is a telecommunications company headquartered in Lake Mills, Iowa. Since the Cooperative's inception in 1950, more than 70 companies have merged into WCTA. Today, WCTA utilizes the latest digital switching and fiber optic technologies to deliver advanced telecommunications service, internet access, digital TV service, wireless service, computer and data back-up services and long distance service to 27 communities in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. WCTA strives to be an important part of each and every community we serve. As a cooperative, WCTA is owned and governed by its members and a member-elected Board of Directors.
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