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Message from the President


Bruce Nuzum, NREDA President


Many NREDA member utilize USDA RD's Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program to assist economic and community development projects and create revolving loan funds to serve their communities and regions. So I wanted to share some exciting news about the program. However before I get to that, you should know that NREDA has been working with USDA RD's National Office to collect data about the impacts on investment and job creation the REDL&G program has had Nationally. In partnership with the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) we hope to present great information back to you that we will all be able to use as we inform our Congressional Delegations about the importance of the program. So stay tuned for more information!

As for the great program news: The recently passed continuing budget resolution means that REDL&G announcements should start happening soon. USDA RD tells me that funding for the program has remained steady on the grant side of the program with approximately $9 million available for this fiscal year and with a little help from some carry-over from last year, increased to as much as $50 million on the loan side of the program. That's great news for NREDA members and rural America! But the news gets better in that USDA RD will soon be announcing that the loan limit is going back to $2 million per application for this fiscal year already underway.

Time will be of the essence which is why I wanted to devote this column to the subject even before the announcement is official. Regular applicants to the program know that the upcoming June 30 deadline is the due date for 4th quarter applications -- the last to be funded with this year's budget authorization. So you'll need to act fast! Please know, we'll send out a blast email to the membership when we see the official announcement. But I wanted to share the news as quickly as possible.

NREDA Awards History


2017:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Dennis Mingyar, Director of Economic Development, Ohio's Electric Cooperatives, Columbus, OH and Charlie Walker, President & CO, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa Falls, WI
  • President's Award - Trista Fugate, Director of the Connections & Community Engagement, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc., Johnson City, TX and Mary McLaury, formerly with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Arlington, VA
  • Organization Excellence Award - South Carolina Power Team, Columbia, SC and Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation, Algona, IA

2016:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Mike Meissen, Iowa Area Development Group, Des Moines, Iowa
  • President's Award - Mendi Alexander Anschutz, NEX-TECH, Hays, KS

2015:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - John Bradford, formerly with Valley Telephone Cooperative Inc., Raymondville, TX
  • President's Award - Newsletter Editor, Shawnna Silvius, iShine Productions LLC, Nebraska, NE
  • President's Award - Dana Baker, GVNW Consulting Inc., Colorado Springs, CO

2014:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Linda Salmonson, East River Electric Cooperative, Madison, SD
  • President's Award - Administrator John Padalino, Administrator for Rural Utilities Service, USDA Rural Development, Washington DC


2013:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Gordon Ipson, CEcD, FM, Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative, Palmyra, MO
  • President's Award - Bruce Nuzum, EDFP, Iowa Area Development Group, West Des Moines, IA

2012:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Clare Gustin, Sunflower Electric Power Corporation
  • President's Award - Richard J. Nelsen, CEcD, Nebraska Public Power District, Columbus, NE


2011:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Jim Vermeer, Corn Belt Power Cooperative
  • President's Award - G. Mark Gaddy, Berkeley Electric Cooperative


2010:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Dennis G. Hall, CEcD, CKAE, Economic Development Manager, Nebraska Public Power District, Columbus, NE
  • President's Awards - Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, Atlanta, GA And Sherry Rose, Wabash Valley Power Association, Indianapolis, IN


2009:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - James T. "Tim" Mood, Electric Power Associations of Mississippi
  • President's Award - Mary Logan Wolf, Former Editor, The Rural Developer


2008:

    Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Allegra Brigham, Four County Electric Power Association, Columbus, MS
  • President's Award - Rand Fisher, Iowa Area Development Group, Des Moines, IA
  • President's Award - Molly Lopez, Association Management, Ltd., Des Moines, IA


2007:

    Rural Economic Development Leadership Award- Dennis Krueger, Kiwash Electric Cooperative, Cordell, OK
  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award-JoAnne Lewis, Douglas-Coffee Co. Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Authority, Douglas, GA
  • President's Award - William F. Hagy, III, USDA Rural Development, Washington, DC
  • President's Award - National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), Arlington, VA


2006:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Eric Phillips, Union County Chamber of Commerce, Marysville, OH
  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Joe "Max" Higgins, Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK, Columbus, MS
  • President's Award - Loren Medley, Kansas Electric Power Co-op, Topeka, KS


2005:

  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - F. Eugene Williams, Berkeley Electric Co-op, Goose Creek, SC
  • Rural Economic Development Leadership Award - Randall S. Jones, Lumbee River Electric Co-op, Red Springs, NC
  • President's Award - Linda Salmonson, East River Electric Power Co-op, Madison, SD
  • President's Award - Dena Stoner, NRECA, Arlington, VA
  • President's Award - Rich Larouchelle, CFC, Herndon, VA

2004:
  • Economic Developer of the Year - Bruce Hensley, North Central Missouri Electric Co-op, Milan, MO
  • Rural Leadership Award - Bobby Koepplin, Cass County Electric Co-op, Valley City, ND
  • President's Award - Jane Marden, NRECA, Arlington, VA
  • President's Award - Bob McLaury, CFC, Herndon, VA

2003:
  • Economic Developer of the Year - Henry H. Johnson, III ("Hal") - Orangeburg County Development Commission, Orangeburg, SC
  • Rural Leadership Award - Marci Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation, WE-Kan, and Kansas Explorer's Club, Inman, KS
  • President's Award - Pat Merritt, Georgia Elec. Member Corp., Atlanta, GA

2002:
  • Economic Developer of the Year - Larry Sevier, Rural Telephone Service Co., Lenora, KS
  • Rural Leadership Award - Stephen Miller, Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Hays, KS
  • President's Award - LaDonna Boyd, Dakota Electric Assn., Farmington, MN

2001:
  • Economic Developer of the Year - Jack Rhodes, Electric Power Assn. of Mississippi, Jackson, MS
  • Rural Leadership Award - Ralph Thomas, Palmetto Econ. Dev. Corp, Columbia, SC
  • President's Award - Jerry Andrews, Alabama Electric Co-op, Inc., Andalusia, AL

2000:
  • Economic Developer of the Year - Jack Briggs, NW Electric Power Co-op, Cameron, MO
  • Rural Leadership Award - Michael Treadwell, Lindsay, Oklahoma
  • Founders' Award - No record of recipient

1999:
  • Economic Developer of the Year - Bruce Nuzum, Iowa Area Development Group, Des Moines, IA
  • Rural Leadership Award - Tom Seth Smith, Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc., Durant, OK
  • Founders' Award - Gene Williams, Berkeley Electric Co-op, Goose Creek, SC



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