Fourth Quarter 2016
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 development specialist. 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 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

» Wednesday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Jan. 19: 2017 EDAM Winter Conference

» Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Wednesday, Jan. 25: 2017 Utilities and Data Centers Conference 

» Thursday, Jan. 26: CMMA annual meeting

» Thursday, Jan. 26: The Washington, D.C. & Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit - Year in Review and 2017 Forecast

 » Tuesday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, Feb. 9: MD&M West Expo

» Monday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 15: The Site Selectors Guide 2017 Annual Conference

Team aims to help businesses discover unique advantages of Minnesota
Great River Energy supports businesses across a wide variety of industries throughout Minnesota due to its diverse service territory, which ranges from the outer-ring suburbs of the Twin Cities to the Arrowhead region to the north and the agricultural communities to the south.

»  Agricultural and Forest Products: Minnesota's rich history of farming and forestry has evolved into an economic hub delivering advanced agricultural and forest products of all kinds.

»  Data Centers: Great River Energy is a leader in site selection services whose expertise, combined with one of the most aggressive state incentive programs, provides increased speed-to-market and long-term operational savings for data centers. 

»  Mining : Minnesota continues to serve as a major supplier of all kinds of minerals. Mine operators and supply chain  bu sinesses are currently  gearing up for another round of major investments in the state to serve the growing demand for non-ferrous minerals and direct-reduced iron products. 
»  Advanced Manufacturing: According to DEED, manufacturing is the largest private-sector contributor to the state's GDP. Direct and spin-off employment accounts for close to 1/3 of all jobs statewide.
Sparks re-elected to EDAM board

Erin Sparks, economic development specialist at Great River Energy, was recently re-elected to the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) board of directors. She will be serving her third, two-year term. As part of her director duties, Sparks will oversee committees and budgets as well as assist in planning and organizing conferences. READ MORE
Member cooperatives leverage Revolving Loan Funds to support local businesses

Over the past year, several of Great River Energy's member cooperatives supported economic growth in their service areas by providing revolving loan fund (RLF) financing for small businesses.  Backed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rural electric cooperative RLF programs offer an invaluable economic development tool designed to work with traditional bank financing, encouraging business growth and investment in rural communities where city-run RLFs are not always available . 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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