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USDA Rural Development Recognizes Patricia Petersen of Maquoketa as Apartment Manager of the Year in Iowa

09/01/2011 12:00pm

 USDA Rural Development Recognizes Patricia Petersen of Maquoketa as Apartment Manager of the Year in Iowa

Petersen Honored for Extraordinary Efforts and Dedication to Meeting Residents' Needs

MAQUOKETA, Iowa -September 6, 2011 -USDA Rural Development announces Patricia Petersen of Whitetail Run Apartments in Maquoketa as the recipient of the 2011 Apartment Site Manager ofthe Year in Iowa.

"It's with great pleasure that we recognize Patricia for doing an outstanding job with the Whitetail Run complex:' said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. "She always has the best interests ofthe residents in mind in every decision she makes. She goes above and beyond, often reaching out to sick residents and their families, as well as preparing dinner parties to welcome new residents to the community."

Petersen represents Keyway Management Company, LLC at both Whitetail Run Apartments in

Maquoketa and Ridgeview Place in Bellevue.

USDA Rural Development's Site Manger ofthe Year program was started in 1997 to recognize apartment managers who go above and beyond what is expected ofthem.

USDA Rural Development currently provides financing for 500 multi-family housing projects in rural Iowa. These facilities provide rural Iowans with access to more than 9,600 apartments. Rent in the apartments is based on income and rent assistance from the government is available depending on the income ofthe tenant.

Apartment complexes play an important role in the sustainabUity ofrural communities. They allow residents to continue to live in their home community, many times close to family and friends.

Apartments also offer numerous opportunities for social activities with friends and others in the same age group and with the same interests, as well as provide a great opportunity for young adults to build up equity so they can someday become homeowners.

"Rural communities that provide current and prospective residents with affordable and safe multi-family housing opportunities are helping ensure a solid foundation in rural America," Menner said.

During the past year USDA Rural Development helped a record number ofIowans receive funding for economic development projects and quality oflife improvements. The agency's investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 2,200 jobs, aided 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 250 communities in improving community facilities and upgrading local infrastructure.

Contact USDA Rural Development For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Tipton at (563) 886-6006 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Benton, Cedar, Clinton, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Lipn and Scott Counties.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. 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.

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety ofdirect and guaranteed rural credit programs involving single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency's web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.


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