Category Archives: Economic development

Spurring business growth in Anoka County

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney This apt quote by the founder of the department store chain J.C. Penney can be applied to economic development. Sustainable growth requires investment and engagement from a broad range of stakeholders. But gathering disparate parties to work […]

Great River Energy launches redesigned economic development website

Site selectors, entrepreneurs and business owners will find a comprehensive suite of user-friendly tools and information on the site. Great River Energy and its member-owner cooperatives launched a revamped website that highlights their economic development efforts in Minnesota. Site selectors, entrepreneurs and business owners will find a comprehensive suite of user-friendly tools and information on […]

Rural task force: Broadband vital

A recent Department of Agriculture report states that in today’s information-driven global economy, e-connectivity is not simply an amenity – it’s essential. The report asserts the role of electric cooperatives at extending connectivity to rural communities, where their members live, learn and work. “For decades, electric cooperatives have enhanced the quality of life throughout rural […]

Utility industry remains an economic force

Powering America cites the utility industry as the most capital-intensive economic sector, investing more than $100 billion a year on the nation’s electricity infrastructure with advances in technology, environmental protections and other improvements. And that’s in addition to money spent on regular operations and maintenance. All that adds up to supporting more than 7 million […]

Electric economy

New study finds electric sector’s economic benefit is $880 billion Electric cooperatives and other parts of the U.S. power industry support more than 7 million American jobs and power a healthy economy, according to a new study. The report, published by M.J. Bradley & Associates, estimates that the total economic benefit of the electric power […]

Nurturing rural businesses toward sustainability

While many rural regions have traditionally relied on one or two industries to support their economies, it’s become increasingly clear that a diversified economy helps ensure more sustainable growth. But launching a new business is a formidable challenge, especially in areas without infrastructure in place to support entrepreneurs. That’s where business incubators come in. Much […]

Program identifies sites suited for data center development

As a cooperative, Great River Energy maintains a deep commitment to the communities it serves, which cover more than two-thirds of Minnesota. This commitment includes supporting the economic vitality of those communities through a variety of resources such as financing, site selection assistance and infrastructure development. These services provide opportunities for rural Minnesota that may […]