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Economic Development
by Iowa Broadband Companies.

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Strategic Planning and Project Funding

About Ripple Effect

Through funding support from Aureon and the economic development expertise of Iowa Area Development Group, Ripple Effect guides projects and initiatives in communities served by independent broadband companies.

The Ripple Effect Program assists with:

Community Projects
  • Grants for strategic planning and soft costs.
  • Childcare centers, dental and healthcare offices, housing, and community facilities.
  • State and Federal grant and loan resources.
  • Aureon Charity Grants for tangible items.
Business Projects
  • Entrepreneurial and business expansion support.
  • Grants for business parks and certified site development.
  • Federal loan packaging.
  • Revolving Loan Fund support.
  • Business plans, market research, and analysis.

Ethan Pitt, Ripple Effect Program Director
As program director, Ethan guides broadband companies and facilitates grant and loan opportunities, strategic planning, resources, and partnerships, helping maximize local impact. Call or email Ethan to discover how Ripple Effect can help support development in your community.

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Community Projects

Iowa broadband companies strengthen rural communities by providing the best internet and communication services available. Through the Ripple Effect program, they can also provide planning grants and strategic guidance to cities, non-profit organizations, and other local partners to help communities achieve goals and projects. Below are several examples of how Ripple Effect has helped with community projects.

Business Projects

Business growth and entrepreneurial support are vital components of economic development. Whether it’s through sponsoring USDA loan and grant programs, offering strategic guidance, or direct loan assistance, Ripple Effect can help community-based broadband companies support their local business ecosystem. Below are several examples of how Ripple Effect has helped communities with business projects.

Is your Broadband Company ready to participate in Ripple Effect?

1. Collaborate With Us

Contact Ethan Pitt, Ripple Effect Program Director (, and discover how Ripple Effect can assist your community by providing grant and loan funding support, or project planning and guidance.

2. Cultivate Community Growth

There are many ways that Ripple Effect can assist with your community’s goals. Partner with Ripple Effect to access additional resources and opportunities to help jumpstart local projects.

3. Aureon Charity Grant Program

Aureon also invites public and private non-profit agencies to submit proposals for consideration in assisting with charity drives and/or funding of a specific tangible item for your respective communities. Follow this link to learn more.


*Only those communities served by Aureon participating broadband companies are eligible for the Ripple Effect Program and direct grant funding.

Call: 515.777.7308
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