On March 10, Bill Menner, state director of USDA's Rural Development agency in Iowa, announced that Jeff Jobe is the new USDA Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs director for the state. Jobe started his career with USDA Rural Development in 1984. During the past 30 years he's held a variety of positions assisting rural Iowa businesses with their job creation and expansion plans. Since 2006 he's been a field advisor/regional coordinator with USDA Rural Development's national office.
"We are thrilled to have Jeff return to Iowa. His history of assisting rural businesses and producers, first in Iowa and then across the country, sets the stage for real growth in the years ahead," Menner says. "Jeff has the ability to connect rural businesses with financial and technical assistance that will help them discover new markets and opportunities for their products and services. There is no doubt his presence will greatly benefit our state's rural economy and communities."
These programs offer wide variety of financial and technical assistance
Jobe replaces Randy Frescoln who recently retired as Iowa's USDA Rural Development Business/Cooperative Programs Director after 20 years in the position. During Frescoln's distinguished 30-year career with USDA he played a key role in helping create and shape many national USDA loan guarantee programs.
Frescoln also helped establish Iowa's Business/Cooperative Programs within the USDA Rural Development mission area. During this time, he oversaw the obligation of $1 billion in federal assistance to more than 3,000 businesses and producers in Iowa.
Today, USDA Rural Development's Business/Cooperative Programs offer a wide variety of financial and technical assistance through nearly 20 loan and grant programs supporting lenders, rural electric and telephone cooperatives, community and economic and development organizations and businesses in rural America.
Contact USDA Rural Development: For more information about USDA Rural Development please call (515) 284-4663 or visit USDA Rural Development online.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly. This past year USDA Rural Development's investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,000 jobs, aided 2,600 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.