Ripple Effect Launches New Website to Advance Rural Business and Community Development Projects West Des Moines, Iowa, January 13, 2016 – Ripple Effect, a partnership alliance between Iowa Network Services (INS) and Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), recently launched a new website, www.RippleEffectWorks.org. According to Sue Cosner, Vice President, Community Initiatives, IADG, the new website showcases many of the successes of the Ripple Effect program since its launch in 2007; and better educates visitors on the financial and technical assistance offered. The new Ripple Effect website offers a clean, modern design, easy-to-navigate functionality, and a content-rich site experience which is more closely aligned with the program’s strategic vision for growth. “While many businesses, partners and communities have taken advantage of the resources provided by Ripple Effect, we realize not everyone is unaware of the many opportunities for assistance that are available,” said Sue Cosner. “The new website better engages visitors by providing relevant information about the successes of the program, availability of financial and technology assistance, and how to initiate activities and move them through the process.” A ‘News’ section on home page displays the most recent community projects to be awarded a Ripple Effect grant. New navigation allows visitors to identify their preferred path based on category: business, partner or communities. Each category provides information on what resources and assistance are available, plus stories of success which are specific to that category. The goal of the newly developed website is to provide a useful, informative online tool for companies, partners and communities to help them identify the resources available to support their business and community development projects. Ultimately, www.RippleEffectWorks.org should be the first point-of-contact for any business, partner or community in need of financial and technical assistance for their business and community-based planning initiatives. About Ripple Effect The Ripple Effect program, a partnership alliance between INS and Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) is designed to advance the business and community development vitality of rural Iowa by joining local Independent Telecommunications Companies and partnering municipalities in their economic development initiatives. The program provides financial and technical assistance to business and industry and communities, through local telecommunication providers, to stimulate growth and development in rural Iowa. The program makes available low-interest loans to business applicants and planning grants to communities and their economic development partners for various types of community development projects. The Independent Telecommunications Companies are required to match the local financial assistance provided by Ripple Effect. Other Ripple Effect services include financial packaging for development projects; research and education; awareness and training; business marketing and outreach; and development project facilitation including direct financial assistance through loans and grants from INS. For decades INS, through Iowa’s Independent Telecommunications Companies and IADG, on behalf of the Rural Electric Cooperatives, have provided leadership, vision and commitment to rural communities. For more information about this grant or the Ripple Effect program, contact Sue Cosner, Vice President, Community Initiatives, IADG; at email@example.com or 515-777-7308. For more information, visit www.rippleeffectworks.org and www.twitter.com/insrippleeffect. About Iowa Network Services and the INS Family of Companies (www.iowanetworkservices.com) Iowa Network Services (INS) was founded as a “centralized equal access” company in the United States. Privately held by 122 Iowa Independent Telecommunications Companies, INS has had middle mile fiber optics in place since 1989. The INS Network delivers the latest in telecommunications services and continues to expand. Telephony, core network transport, Internet, dedicated fiber, Internet Protocol video, data center facilities, network management, technical support and call center services, information technology, and HR outsourcing are among the many products and services offered to communications companies and enterprise businesses. The INS Family of Companies includes Alliance Technologies, Inc., an information technology company; Alliance Connect, a statewide competitive local exchange carrier; Merit Resources, a Professional Employer Organization; and Caleris, an Iowa-based company offering outsourced call center solutions and services primarily to telecommunication and technology businesses. INS also is affiliated with iWireless, a statewide cellular partner with T-Mobile. For more information, visit www.IowaNetworkServices.com. About Iowa Area Development Group (www.iadg.com) The Iowa Area Development Group is the marketing and business development office for nearly 250 of Iowa’s member-owned rural electric cooperatives, select municipal electric utilities and independent telecommunication companies. IADG has assisted with over 2,000 successful business expansions and start-up projects. This growth represents capital investment of more than $10 billion and 50,000 jobs for Iowa. The Iowa Area Development Group was established in 1985 to promote and strengthen rural Iowa development opportunities. Stay connected with IADG news at www.facebook.com/IADG.IA and www.twitter.com/IADGIOWA. Media Contact: Jonathan Roth jonathan.roth @ aureon.com 515-830-0441 Jason Lamping Jason is the Marketing Strategy Manager for Aureon HR. Over the past 15 years he has worked with small to medium-sized businesses to support their needs in key areas such as technology and, most recently, human resources. He has worked with businesses in a variety of industries including senior living, healthcare, finance, legal, non-profit, and accounting. Jason is passionate about helping businesses ease their administrative burdens to support growth, efficiency, and productivity. Aureon HR provides expertise and solutions that cover critical aspects of running a business such as employee benefits, payroll, 401(k), staffing, and workers' compensation. By supporting these functions, we eliminate the time and need for business owners to manage the complexities of HR administration and enable them to focus on the growth of their organization.