Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative is an active participant in economic development for northeast Iowa. Through partnerships with Dairyland Power Cooperative and USDA Rural Development, as well as our own revolving loan fund, we provide financial assistance for retention and expansion of existing businesses as well as attracting new businesses to our area. Eligible projects must be located within the outer boundaries of the Cooperative's service territory.

We appreciate and value the partnership and opportunity to do business with suppliers, dealers and customer-owned electric generators. We also have an active economic development group that supports and pursue business investment in the communities we serve.

Black Hills Energy is a Black Hills Corporation company that provides electric and natural gas service to over 600,000 customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.  We partner to produce results that improve life with energy.

Buyer Supplier is a web-based system for helping local and regional businesses make more sales and purchases close to home. The goal of Buyer Supplier is to encourage businesses to purchase from regional providers, shifting dollars back into the regional economy.  Businesses of all types and sizes are encouraged to take part in the program; from small organic produce farmers, to large corporations.

The Office of Energy Independence (OEI) sets the strategic direction for Iowa's clean energy future by identifying goals to achieve desired results. The office will align state government efforts for achieving energy independence through partnerships with business and industry, community leaders, government and public agencies, and other stakeholders. The activities of the OEI will be focused on implementation of the Energy Independence Plan by continuing to collect baseline data and complete projections that will inform planning and the activities of OEI and the Iowa Power Fund.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for conserving and enhancing Iowa's natural resources. The DNR's mission: To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life for Iowans and ensure a legacy for future generations.

The Iowa Department of Transportation advocates and delivers transportation services that support the economic, environmental and social vitality of Iowa.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. The range of FEMA's activities is broad and spans the life cycle of disasters.

Goodwill® inspires hope and self-confidence, helping people from all backgrounds and walks of life to feel successful, valuable and dignified. Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.

Created more than thirty years ago by visionary public leaders, Iowa's Councils of Governments (COGs) provide professional planning, programming, and technical assistance to Iowa's cities, counties, businesses, community organizations and Iowans of all ages.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority strengthens economic and community vitality by building partnerships and leveraging resources to make Iowa the choice for people and business.

The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) was established in 1975 to undertake programs to assist in the attainment of housing for low- and moderate-income Iowans. Since then, IFA's role has expanded considerably and includes four primary areas of responsibility.

Farmers teach others about Iowa's most precious natural resource. ISU Extension helps Iowans appreciate and take care of our land. This makes Iowa a great place to live today and tomorrow.

ITC Midwest, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation's largest independent electricity transmission company. ITC Midwest operates more than 6,800 circuit miles of transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri. The company is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and maintains operating locations at Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa; and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minnesota.

Located in the small northeast Iowa town of Decorah, Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students. The college is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther offers more than 60 majors and preprofessional and certificate programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree.

Northeast Iowa Community College provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training to meet the needs of our communities. The Northeast Iowa Community College educational community will live the values of service, respect, innovation, stewardship and integrity within a culture of continuous improvement.

The Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative has brought people in northeast Iowa together to make our region a place where every day, all people have access to healthy, locally grown foods and abundant opportunities for physical activity in the places where we live, learn, work and play.

We are a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving counties in Minnesota as well as portions of Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties in Iowa. Our cooperative was founded in 1936 when power was not available to rural residents. Local citizens banded together to build lines going out to their homes and farms. Those people created a company that has prospered while providing its members with competitive electric rates and expanded services for 75 years.

Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study.

USDA Rural Development offers a variety of funding programs: no-down-payment home loan opportunities, loans and grants to assist business owners make energy-efficiency improvements, loans and grants to help communities improve local facilities, infrastructure and services, grants to support locally produced agriculture and loan guarantees to assist with business start-up and expansion.

HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.

News Headlines

Use Social Media to Report Potholes to Iowa DOT

Posted: Fri, April 11, 2014
While warmer temperatures are always welcome after a particularly cold winter, the recent fluctuating temperatures, ample moisture, and aging pavements are keeping the Iowa Department of Transportation, as well as county and city road crews, busy fixing potholes and addressing other structural damage to our streets, roads, and bridges.

Iowa DOT crews travel our state's highways regularly, but we can't be everywhere all the time. That's where you come in. If you see a pothole on an interstate or state highway, let us know on Facebook www.facebook.com/iowadot or Twitter www.twitter.com/iowadot using the hashtag #IAFillUsIn. Be sure to provide specific location information so we can find the pothole in question. For potholes on streets or county roadways, contact the local city administrator /engineer or county engineer.
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NICC Leading Implementation of $2.7M US Department of Labor Grant to UERPC

Posted: Wed, April 9, 2014

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will be leading the implementation of a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Labor competitive grant awarded to Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC),  the grant's fiscal agent and lead workforce partner. The U.S. Department of Labor grant was one of 24 awarded nationwide and the only one in Iowa.

The three-year grant supports a new Youth CareerConnect program through the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. NICC and UERPC will partner with 23 participating high schools in the Northeast Iowa Pathways to Employment project (IA-PIPE). IA-PIPE will expand the college's efforts to develop new and expand existing concurrent enrollments at regional high schools in high demand industries.

The grant and IA-PIPE will focus its high school student concurrent enrollment plan on high-demand federal H-1B designated career pathways, including finance and insurance, healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

"This grant enables NICC and our partners to greatly expand educational programs and career planning services for high school students in northeast Iowa," according to Dr. Liang Chee Wee, NICC president. "Especially rewarding about this successful grant is the coalition of partners who share a common vision of student engagement and achievement."

In addition to the schools and UERPC, NICC is partnering with East Central Intergovernmental Association, Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council, Keystone Area Education Agency, and a growing list of employers including Berry Plastics, Caterpillar, US Bank, Dubuque Data Services, Eastern Iowa Machine Company, Henderson Products, IBM, Mercy Medical Center, and Norplex-Micarta.

In the Youth CareerConnect program, participating high school juniors will select a two-year pathway, take concurrent college credit courses through NICC and participate in an array of career awareness and work-based learning opportunities, all while on course to receive their high school diplomas. Throughout the program, participants will receive career counseling and have access to wrap-around services based on their individual needs. The education and experiential opportunities that IA-PIPE offers will enable participants to graduate from high school and enter the workforce with industry credentials or begin their college education having already earned college credits. 

For more information, contact: Rachelle Howe, UERPC director, at (563) 382-6171 or rhowe@uerpc.org; or Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D., NICC vice president of Business and Community Solutions, at (800) 728-2256, ext. 221 or mihm-heroldw@nicc.edu.
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UERPC March Newsletter

Posted: Mon, March 17, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Upcoming Rules for Federal Contractors
  • Employee Spotlight-Fern Rissman
  • Gender Balance on Boards and Commissions in Iowa
  • IowaWorks Did you Know
  • Great Give Day
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Great Give Day

Posted: Wed, March 5, 2014
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and affiliate foundations in Allamakee and Clayton counties are excited to announce Great Give Day, a 24-hour, online giving event designed to recognize and support the positive work of local nonprofits in Northeast Iowa!

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, every gift made at GreatGiveDay.org between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will go directly to nonprofits and will be amplified by local and national match dollars. The goal is to help nonprofits attract new donors and build online fundraising capabilities to support long-term success.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Organizations: Nonprofit organizations throughout Northeast Iowa that hold endowment funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) are eligible to participate in Great Give Day.

Donors: Every community member is a potential donor for Great Give Day. Individuals can make online donations to any participating nonprofit with a minimum donation of $10.

Visit the website to register your organization and complete your profile no later than April 4, 2014. And then complete, sign and return the Great Give Day Nonprofit Partner Participation Agreement found at greatgiveday.org. Engage your donors through advertising, social media and marketing.

Visit greatgiveday.org for more information.
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