Niebuhr Honored with Rand Fisher Leadership Award

Butch Niebuhr – Rand Fisher Award RecipientButch Niebuhr, Government Relations Specialist out of Bolton & Menk’s Ames location, was one of six Rand Fisher Leadership Award recipients at the 2024 Iowa Rural Summit. The Rand Fisher Rural Leadership Award, sponsored by the IADG Community Foundation, honors individuals in rural economic and community development, philanthropy, the arts, and utilities. The honorees are nominated by friends, colleagues or anyone who values their contributions to rural places. The final selection is by an IRDC screening committee. Butch was recognized “for his decades of service to both the Perry community and small towns across rural Iowa.” 

About Butch

With more than 40 years of experience as a city administrator and utility director with Iowa communities, Butch has intimate knowledge of municipal governments, as well as experience aligning community needs with available funding. Butch assists Bolton & Menk project managers with evaluating city projects and securing funding to bring projects to fruition. Some successful programs Butch has helped secure funding from include Community Development Block Grant, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, State Revolving Loan Fund, Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Resource Enhancement and Protection, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Iowa Department of Energy, National Parks Service, and local, regional, and national foundation grants. 

This is not the first time Butch has been recognized for his achievements in rural Iowa, he was also awarded the Community and Economic Development 2015 Partner of the Year Award 

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