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Summer 2020 Edition
The latest economic development news and opportunities awaiting your business with the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives of the Dairyland Power System.

Economic Development Toolbox

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Eau Claire Energy Cooperative brings
EV Chargers to Housing Development

A new housing development served by Eau Claire Energy Cooperative will feature more than 40 new homes equipped with Level 2 Siemens Electric Vehicle Chargers.  The Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association recently featured an EV-ready home that was made possible through a partnership between Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and local builder, C&M Home Builders & Real Estate.  The home is the first in a development where each home will be built with a Level 2 charger installed by Eau Claire Energy Cooperative with support from Dairyland Power Cooperative (ECEC's wholesale power provider).  The home was #11 in the virtual parade of homes, hosted by the CVHBA.  Click here to see a preview of the home.  Graphic courtesy of Eau Claire Energy Cooperative. 

Dairyland Member-Cooperatives
Awarded Broadband Grants

The importance of rural broadband is more apparent now than ever with many people working form home, children learning from home and home being the new hub of entertainment.  Many cooperatives are deploying important rural broadband projects through innovative partnerships and grant support.  These are just two examples among the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives of the Dairyland Power System.  

Sand Prairie (Jo-Carroll Energy | Elizabeth, Ill.)
Jo-Carroll Energy Cooperative's broadband division, Sand Prairie, was the first 2020 recipient of a Community Connect grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and plans to use the $2 million award to deliver high-speed internet access to 420 homes.  The grant award will be used by Sand Prairie to build about 25 miles of overhead and underground mainline fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) and another 32 miles of fiber connection drops. JCE will match 22 percent of the grant, nearly $460,000, to complete the $2.5 million broadband project.  Construction is expected to begin later this year and be completed within two years.  Click here to learn more.

Ntera (Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative | Cornell, Wis.)
Ntera, the broadband partnership of Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative and Citizens Connected, recently received nearly $700,000 through the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's Broadband Expansion Grant.  The funding will support three broadband built-out projects which will provide high-speed internet service to dozens of businesses and hundreds of residents.  The Wisconsin Public Service Commission awarded a total of $24 million in Broadband Expansion Grants.  Click here to learn more.  
Photo courtesy of Jo-Carroll Energy Cooperative.  

Development Opportunities Abound

Decorah Business Park
Decorah, IA

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.'s facility in the Decorah Business Park.  (Photo courtesy of Winneshiek County Development & Tourism.)  

  • 71 acres available for development
  • Zoning:  Light industrial, office and highway commercial 
  • Existing Park Tenants:  Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Xpedition Archery, Marso Electric and Norwegian Mutual Insurance
  • Utilities:  Electric, natural gas, water, sewer, telecommunications
  • Transportation:  Located along Highway 9 in the City of Decorah
  • Location:  55 miles to La Crosse, WI; 90 miles to Rochester, MN; 95 miles to Dubuque, IA
  • Additional Information

Community Development Corner

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Click here to learn more.  

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. 
Economic Development Team
Craig Harmes
Manager, Business Development

Jenny Kuderer-Radcliffe
Economic Development Representative
Dairyland Power is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
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