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 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 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
Broadband project grants will expand high-speed service to rural Minnesota areas
A round of grants announced at the start of the year by the state and Department of Employment and Economic Development will help provide reliable, affordable high-speed internet to currently unserved or underserved rural areas of Minnesota, including in Great River Energy's service territory.
Great River Energy, member co-op seek financing for Park Rapids senior living facility
With a new assisted living/memory care facility set to break ground in its community this summer, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association - one of Great River Energy's 28 member cooperatives - is working toward securing funds for it.
Your local electric cooperative:
A partner in economic development
As the quote suggests, site selection consultants and real estate firms are looking increasingly at regional utility providers as key partners in moving economic development projects forward - from the exhaustive exercise of a national property search, to the financing and permitting of construction projects at the local level.
Plugging into economic development: A story about teamwork
Tom Lambrecht, manager of economic development services, was included in a recent article written by former Electric Power Research Institute Director of Communications Scott Carlberg about what power utilities contribute to regional business development. Lambrecht spoke about Great River Energy's data center site certification program. 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