Aureon Ripple Effect Reaches City of Kalona
Kalona Cooperative Technology Company (KCTC) and the City of Kalona teamed up and applied for a Ripple Effect grant. The City of Kalona received $5,000 from Aureon through the Ripple Effect grant program and KCTC matched the grant with their own $5,000 contribution.
Press Releases published September 19, 2022
In total, the project raised $175,000 to go towards a student-built housing project. The Washington Economic Development Group, the Kalona Economic Development Group, the City of Kalona, and numerous partners collaborated to implement the student-built housing project and this endeavor has paid off!
Todd Van Epps Director of Shareholder and Public Relations said, “Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) and community-based Internet providers do a marvelous job of ensuring that rural Iowa communities are represented in the economic development space.”
On September 7, 2022, Ethan Pitt, the Area Development Group Ripple Effect Director, Eric Benson Aureon Account Manager, and Casey Peck General Manager of KCTC presented a $5,000 check to Ryan Schlabaugh, Kalona City Administrator.
The high school students collaborated with local contractors and vendors to rehabilitate an existing home located at 721 6th Street in Kalona, Iowa and took a 100-year-old house and transformed it into modern livable accommodations. Ethan Pitt, Ripple Effect Program Director said, “The shining star is that it [project] revolves around the students.” The house will soon be on the market and for sale to qualified buyers. The City of Kalona plans to continue the program and rehabilitate, tear down, or build new homes located in Kalona. The proceeds from the sale of this property will go towards future endeavors.