Three decades of development, partnership and accomplishment are realized, as 2015 marks Iowa Area Development Group’s (IADG’s) 30thAnniversary.
It was great foresight and collaboration of Iowa’s Rural Electric Cooperatives (RECs) that created this statewide, cooperatively funded, approach to economic development. IADG offers staff and services to its sponsoring utilities, and the businesses and communities within their territories, to support economic development efforts and projects. Today, IADG remains a national model and a unique example of economic development collaboration and partnership. IADG salutes the nearly 250 rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and telecommunications companies who support and are actively engaged in the IADG mission.
IADG was honored on April 14 when Governor Branstad signed a Proclamation recognizing IADG’s 30th Anniversary, and the economic development outcomes that have been realized in Iowa. IADG can trace its involvement to over 2,000 major projects, capital investment of over $10 billion, and over 50,000 new and retained jobs for Iowa. In recognition of the 30th Anniversary, IADG commissioned a piece of art which was created to illustrate the business growth and community vitality that exists because of the partnerships, investment, and involvement in economic development across the state of Iowa. These framed prints are being presented to IADG’s utility partners in recognition of the important part they play in economic development. A fun companion puzzle was also distributed to economic development partners as a thank you for being a “piece of Iowa’s economic development puzzle.”
While reflecting on past accomplishments is important, IADG’s focus remains on the future and working hard to continue to consistently deliver results for Iowa. IADG thanks our statewide network of friends and partners and looks forward to continuing to work closely with you for years to come.