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Summer 2022 Edition
The latest economic development news and opportunities awaiting your business with the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives of the Dairyland Power System.

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative Helps Support Community Development in Postville, Iowa

Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (Postville, Iowa) has partnered with the Postville City Council, Allamakee County Economic Development and Our Postville to bring the four-phase Community Heart & Soul program to the community.

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it.

Read the full article here.

Vortex Cold Storage, LLC Opens in Albert Lea, Minn.


Vortex Cold Storage, LLC cut the ribbon to open its new 170,000 square foot, food-safe cold storage warehouse in Albert Lea, Minn. The facility is served by Freeborn Mower Electric Cooperative (Albert Lea, Minn.) Strategically located at the intersection of Interstates 90 and 35, the facility provides state-of the-art temperature controlled Safe Quality Food Certified storage as well as customizable warehouse services.  Click here to learn more about the ribbon cutting or visit the Vortex website.

Co-ops Partner with Business on
EV Charging & Sustainability

Dairyland Power and Riverland Energy Dedicate Fast Charger at Holmen Kwik Trip

Representatives from Dairyland Power Cooperative, Riverland Energy Cooperative (Arcadia, Wis.) and Kwik Trip gathered on Earth Day (April 22) to dedicate Wisconsin's first electric vehicle (EV) fast charger at a Kwik Trip. The Level 3, 180 kW ABB Fast Charger is located at Kwik Trip's 800th store (1760 Tempte St., Holmen, Wis.)

Riverland Energy serves the site and is also the EV fast charger operator. Dairyland partnered with ZEF Energy as the vendor for the ABB fast charger. Read the full news release here.

Vernon Electric, Richland Electric and Dairyland partner with Ford Dealership on Fast Charging and Renewable Energy

Sleepy Hollow Ford recently hosted the grand opening of its new facility along Highway 14/27 in Viroqua, Wis. Vernon Electric Cooperative (Westby, Wis.) worked with Sleepy Hollow to meet its renewable energy goals. Vernon Electric, Richland Electric Cooperative (Richland Center, Wis.) and Dairyland Power also partnered with Sleepy Hollow to offer two electric vehicle fast chargers onsite. Watch Sleepy Hollow's overview video and read more here.

Sleepy Hollow Ford is the inaugural tenant in the new Viroqua Business Park on the city's north side.  

Electric Wire Podcast:
Nuclear Power and the Clean Energy Transition with Brent Ridge



Brent Ridge, President and CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative, and Phil Montgomery, former Wisconsin legislator and PSCW Chairperson, join host Kristin Gilkes, Executive Director, Customers First! Coalition, to discuss the future of nuclear power in Wisconsin and how new small modular reactor (SMR) technology may help facilitate the clean energy transition. Click here to listen.

Co-ops Celebrate Economic Development Week

This year's Economic Development Week provided Dairyland Power's member-cooperatives the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their economic development success stories and to highlight their economic development programs and services. On May 12th, co-ops in Wisconsin's Momentum West Region gathered with board of directors and staff of their local economic development organizations at Applied Data Consultants' headquarters (Wheaton, Wis.) to recognize and thank them for their contributions, support, and hard work to grow the economy.

2022 Economic Development week was celebrated May 9-13. The event was created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and improve the quality of life in communities everywhere. Dairyland Power and it member cooperatives are built by and belong to the communities they serve. Members of our local electric cooperatives are leaders in their communities that volunteer their time, talent, and treasure in helping their local economies grow and prosper.

Development Opportunities

Genoa, Wis. Power Plant Site

Dairyland’s recently completed Genoa Site Redevelopment & Reuse Study identified approximately 45 acres of land at the former power plant site that will be available for industrial redevelopment. Site assets include: Mississippi River access, highway access and well-maintained barge docking facilities. Barge transportation, transloading operations and light manufacturing/ assembly have emerged as the top reuse options. Dairyland is currently identifying potential interest in the site. This work will go forward in tandem with the continued decommissioning and dismantlement of the plant itself which will continue through 2023.

To inquire regarding site redevelopment opportunities, please contact Jenny Radcliffe, Senior Economic Development Specialist.

Economic Development Toolbox

Clean School Bus Program

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 authorizes EPA to offer rebates to replace existing school buses with clean and zero-emission (ZE) models. Click here to learn more.

Community Development Corner

Stronger Together

Presented by: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture:  Rural Development
U.S. Department of commerce:  Economic Development Administration
"Federal funding and planning strategies designed to promote sustainable economic development in Rural America."

Economic Development Loan Program
available through your Touchstone Energy
® Cooperative

Who We Are
The Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives of the Dairyland Power System provide power to homes, farms and businesses in western Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and northwest Illinois.  These 24 electric cooperatives are owned and governed by the member-consumers they serve.  For more information about our cooperatives and the community and economic development services we provide, contact us. 
Community & Economic Development Team
Craig Harmes
Manager, Community & Economic Development

Jenny Kuderer-Radcliffe
Senior Economic Development Specialist

Donna Walker
Senior Economic Development Specialist
Dairyland Power is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
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