ATLANTIC, IOWA — The Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO) welcomes Mary Auten to our staff in the role of Grants Specialist. At SWIPCO grants specialists ensure that complex rules established by state and federal funding agencies are followed to maximize the impact of investments in our communities, reduce the administrative burden on our member communities, and increase the likelihood of future funding into our region.
“I have spent most of my career doing work that many other companies can do, and I am excited for the opportunity to fulfill a specific need for our communities that helps people and communities directly,” said Auten. “I understand how important it is to maintain compliance with programs and regulations, and I am happy I get to help people and our southwest Iowa communities thrive by using the skills I have gained throughout my career.”
Auten lives in Casey, Iowa. She is a graduate of Coon Rapids high school and completed her degree through William Penn University. She spent most of her career working in banking and insurance and most recently she was with Wells Fargo home mortgage.
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“Almost all of the programs that we work with at SWIPCO come with an enormous amount of rules attached. They should, because they are public funds. But, they can be hard for our communities to follow, so it’s great when you can add someone like Mary to your team who has a wealth of experience working on complex administrative problems, with a great attention to detail, and also the passion for the region that you’ve got to have to be successful in this type of work.” SWIPCO Executive Director John McCurdy said.