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Find Economic Development news and articles from throughout the Dairyland Power Cooperative territory in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  July, 2016.
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Rochester Area Business Park Well-Positioned to Accommodate New Industry


Elk Run is a 200-acre business park located in Pine Island, Minn. on Interstate Highway 52 just north of Rochester.  The development offers your growing business flexible space, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and aggressive incentives. Elk Run is positioned to accommodate the needs of a broad spectrum of companies—from start-ups to industry leaders looking to expand or relocate.

Elk Run is ideally situated with access to world-class biotech industry and logistical resources including Mayo Clinic.  The Mayo Destination Medical Center effort is billed as Minnesota’s “largest-ever economic development project” that is anticipated to create 25,000 to 30,000 new jobs in southeast Minnesota and have a total economic impact to the area exceeding $45 billion, including $39 billion in direct spending.

For more information concerning Elk Run, contact Nate Carlson, Pine Island Economic Development Authority, at (507) 356-8103 or pieda@bevcom.net.

7 Bridges Industrial Park Certified Shovel Ready


One of the newest industrial properties in the La Crosse, Wisc. metro area is the 7 Bridges Industrial Park.  Located in Holmen just off four-lane Highway 53 the Park has close access to Interstate 90 and the La Crosse Regional Airport.  The 234-acre development is zoned light industrial and served with all utilities.  Custom lot sizes are available to fit your project needs.
 
Wisconsin is creating consistent standards for sustainable development certification of industrial sites. A Certified Site is a sustainable development-ready site meeting certain criteria, including site size, availability of utility and transportation infrastructure, physical and technical condition, environmental assessments, quality of labor force, and support by local communities. A Certified Site has the key reviews, documentations and assessments most commonly required for industrial uses. Certification criteria have been developed based on representative needs of advanced manufacturing projects.
 
For more information, contact Scott Heinig, Village of Holmen Administrator, at (608) 526-4336 or heinig@holmenwi.com.
 


Now Available, 100,000 sq. ft. Building in Lansing, Iowa


Over 100,000 square feet of industrial/distribution space is now available in Lansing, Iowa.  Included in the property are two buildings which sit on about 24 acres.  The main steel building has a ceiling height of 16 feet.  Multiple overhead doors and loading docks are part of the facilities.  Municipal sewer and water serves the property. 
 
Lansing, a picturesque Mississippi River town, offers a great quality of life and an available workforce waiting to go to work for your business.  State and local incentives may include direct financial assistance; tax abatements, credits and rebates; and; jobs training.
 
For more information, contact William Kiesling, CSS Industries, at (610) 729-3743 or William.Kiesling@CSSIndustries.com.  Or, contact Val Reinke, Allamakee County Economic Development, at (563) 568-2624 or aced@mchsi.com.

0% Interest Economic Development Loan Funds Available for Your Project


One of the best kept secrets in regional economic development is the Rural Economic Development Loan Program (REDL) available through electric cooperatives.  The program provides business and community development loans of up to $1 million at 0% interest.  Funds can be used for business expansion and start-up.  Eligible purposes include real estate, buildings (new and existing), machinery and equipment and/or working capital.  Community facilities and infrastructure are also eligible purposes.  Loan amount is determined by overall project scale, local cooperative policies, job creation/retention and other typical loan approval criteria.
 
Are you wondering whether this financing might be available for your project?  Contact your local electric cooperative or Craig Harmes, Dairyland Power Cooperative, at (608) 787-1310 or Craig.Harmes@DairylandPower.com.

 

Dairyland Power Announces Large Wind Power Project in Wisconsin


Dairyland Power Cooperative has announced a significant expansion of wind resources. Barbara Nick, Dairyland President and CEO, indicates that Dairyland will purchase the renewable energy from a 98 megawatt (MW) wind farm planned to be constructed in southwestern Wisconsin.

Dairyland has reached a power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America LLC which will develop, operate and maintain the Quilt Block Wind Farm, located 20 miles southeast of Platteville. The project is currently working through the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) generation interconnect process. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 with commercial operation beginning toward the end of that year.

“At last year’s annual meeting, I announced that Dairyland was pursuing up to 25 MW of solar energy. This year, as we celebrate our 75th year, we demonstrate that we do what we say. Ground is breaking on our 12 projects for 15 MW of utility-scale solar energy in western Wisconsin,” said Nick. “Dairyland’s growing solar and wind initiatives are key components of our strategic objective of Resource Diversification—essentially, less coal, with more renewables and low-emitting generation sources. Having said that, our existing coal facilities—complete with $300 million in environmental control technology—are still essential to reliability.”
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