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Southwest Iowa Family Services, Inc. (SWIFS) announced receipt of a major gift of $100,000 from Ted Wickman to be used for debt reduction. The gift coincides with the beginning of their annual “Reduce The Debt” campaign. According to SWIFS President Hal Gronewold, the gift from Mr. Wickman will enable SWIFS to pay off a bank loan and fund the remainder of a debt reserve required by USDA Rural Development. Gronewold said the SWIFS board was “thunderstruck” by Ted’s donation, which came out of the blue. “We are very grateful to Ted for this generous and timely gift”, said Gronewold.

“Ted has always been supportive of our efforts to promote early childhood education & development and provided us with a similar donation early on to get us started & help finance construction of the Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center, which has now been in operation for more than five years”, said Gronewold. “Also, Ted expressed the hope that his most recent gift would encourage others to come forward with their own donations. According to Gronewold, the current debt to USDA is still in excess of $300,000 and SWIFS will be needing additional contributions to continue reducing and eventually eliminating it altogether.

According to Gronewold, the Wickman Center, operated by the YMCA, continues to function at maximum capacity with a waiting list for some of the rooms, but due to various operating constraints, including regulatory requirements as to level of staffing, food requirements, etc. and limitations on what parents can afford for day care, the YMCA will need to continue relying on SWIFS to service the USDA mortgage debt. “We’re hoping others will come forward and support our current campaign so we can continue working this debt down”, said Gronewold.
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Valley Business Park

cadco-home-valley-park-1 The Valley Business Park, consisting of 156 acres, is only a one hour drive from both Omaha, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa allowing it to be both convenient and peaceful. Cass County and Audubon County in Southwest Iowa, and the economic development organizations in both counties, are working together to develop the new business park. For more information visit cadco-home-valley-park-map