PDI Blog

PDI's Blog will include legislative news, economic development news headlines, messages from our PDI President and other topics contributed by our membership. Choose from the list of contributors and categories, listed to the right,  to find the type of articles you are interested in.

Iowa's Wind Energy Industry: Economic Development Opportunities

The Iowa Wind Energy Association offers a Pre-Conference Workshop at the April 9-11th IWEA Wind Energy Conference that will focus on what works to attract wind energy component manufacturers and wind related companies to Iowa. Iowa is a national leader in the number of wind component manufacturers and wind related businesses with an estimated 215 firms involved in the wind energy industry. ...

Read more of this post & comment.

Categories :

Important message about Synchronist from IEDA Director Durham

As you know, Governor Branstad has set a bold agenda for those of us in the economic development community to achieve – creating 200,000 new jobs. The Governor himself has been working tirelessly to achieve this goal, and I know that you are too....

Read more of this post & comment.

Written by PDI
Tags :
Categories :

Certified Site Selection Program Update - Feb 2012

The Iowa Economic Development Authority would like to thank PDI members and economic developers who joined us for a presentation on site certification given by Don Schjeldahl and Jonathan Gemmen of Austin Consulting on Wednesday, February 1. ...

Read more of this post & comment.

Written by PDI
Tags :
Categories :

Iowa Workforce and Economic Development Status Report - January 2012

In January, Iowa Workforce Development published the first annual Iowa Workforce and Economic Development Status Report. This report is centered on measuring the state’s progress in achieving Governor Branstad’s and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds’ four goals for their administration:...

Read more of this post & comment.

Written by PDI
Categories :

Rural Energy for America Program 2012

 

The Fiscal Year 2012 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was announced on January 20. This grant and guaranteed loan program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet the Nation's critical energy needs. A copy of Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) is attached for your convenience.

Agricultural producers and rural small businesses are eligible to apply.  Grants are available to reimburse 25% of the costs to purchase and install renewable energy or energy efficiency improvements up to $500,000.  The guaranteed loans can cover 75% of the costs up to $25 million.  Grants are also available to reimburse the 25% of the costs of a feasibility study for renewable energy projects up to $50,000.  Finally, grants are available up to $100,000 to assist public bodies, institutes of higher education, and rural electric cooperatives in providing energy audits and renewable energy development assistance to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. Please note that there is $25.4 million available nationwide which is substantially less than in recent years.  We expect the program to be highly competitive this year!

In order to be considered for Fiscal Year 2012 funds, complete applications must be received by the appropriate USDA Rural Development Area Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:

For energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants – February 21, 2012.

For renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications – March 30, 2012.

For renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications - March 30, 2012.

For renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications - June 29, 2012.

Our website (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/IA_bc_energy_reap.html) has information including fact sheets; lists of consultants, energy auditors and grant writers; regulations; forms and application templates.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

 

Kate Sand | Acting Business & Cooperative Program Director Rural Development

U.S. Department of Agriculture

873 Federal Building | 210 Walnut St. | Des Moines, IA 50309 Phone: 515.284.4665 | Fax: 515.284.4859

909 E. 2nd Ave., Suite C | Indianola, IA  50125 Phone:  515.961.5365 ext 130 | Fax:  515.961.3509

www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia/

Written by PDI
Categories :

Archive