The Outlet is published quarterly to highlight Great River Energy's economic development activities.
Meet your economic development services team
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 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
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
New renewable energy option available for businesses served by member cooperatives
An expansion to the Wellspring program is giving the largest companies served by Great River Energy's member cooperatives a new way to power their businesses with renewable energy. The Wellspring Business Program allows members to choose how much of their energy usage they wish to commit to renewable energy and how long of a commitment they would like to make.
Strengthening Minnesota's 'Medical Alley'
Minnesota has long been at the forefront of the medical device field and, now, the state ranks No. 2 in the country for medical technology patents and No. 1 for concentration of medical tech workers in the U.S. The Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership is playing an instrumental role in the sector's continued success.
Investing in affordable housing to grow the local economy
The availability of quality, affordable housing is an overlooked aspect of economic development. Stable housing is critical because it helps to build and retain a strong workforce. That's why the Cook County Economic Development Agency is working on two workforce housing development projects, and the local electric co-op is offering its expertise.
FABTECH 2017 focuses on 'Industrial Revolution'
With 1,700 exhibiting companies and 44,935 attendees from 120 companies, FABTECH® 2017 reaffirmed its position as North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. This was Great River Energy's first year attending as part of a delegation organized by the Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators Association and Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation. 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