Second Quarter 2017
The Outlet is published quarterly to highlight Great River Energy's economic development activities.

Meet your economic development services team
Tom Lambrecht
Tom manages the economic development services department. He administers and implements economic development strategies for Great River Energy's 28 member cooperatives. You can reach him at 763-445-6105 or
Erin Sparks
Erin is an economic developer. She holds a strong background in economic development and currently sits on the board of directors for the Economic Development Association of Minnesota. You can reach her at 763-445-6113 or esparks@grenergy.com
Jeff Borling
Jeff is the economic development lead. Based in Duluth, Jeff focuses on economic development in northern Minnesota. You can reach him at 218-355-8088 or
Upcoming events

» 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17: CAPRE's Greater Denver Data Center Summit at the Denver Art Museum.

» 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21: Technical Assistance Workshop on Broadband Planning and Funding  at the Des Moines Public Library.


» Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 12: CAPRE 2017 Texas Data Center Summit at Cityplace Events in Dallas.

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.  READ MORE
2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit draws record attendance

The SelectUSA Investment Summit boasted record attendance this year, welcoming nearly 3,000 participants from 70 foreign markets and the United States. This was the second year Great River Energy participated in the summit, which is billed as the highest-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment in the United States.  READ MORE  
Co-ops build community

People in rural areas banded together beginning about 80 years ago to establish electric cooperatives to address their need for power. Today, they continue to be consumer-owned and driven by a set of cooperative principles. One of these core values is concern for community, which is evident in Stearns Electric Association's operations.  READ MORE
Co-ops partner to secure funds for company's expansion project

When Loren and Peggy Davis realized their business, Diversified Bronze & Manufacturing, Inc., was outgrowing its rented space in Cambridge, Minn., they sought a different location to begin construction on a larger building. Working as L & P Properties LLC, the pair identified a space in the Braham Industrial Park as the perfect opportunity to build a new facility, then engaged a local bank and the electric cooperative to secure project financing.  READ MORE
Our 28 member cooperatives

Great River Energy and our member cooperatives take pride in serving the region with competitively priced, reliable energy.  We also are committed to helping customers start and grow their businesses by helping them plan and manage their energy needs.  READ MORE
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