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Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative creates and fosters economic development opportunities for the benefit of new and/or existing businesses, local communities and Northwest Iowa. By offering meaningful resources and services, the Cooperative is putting "energy" into the communities we serve. Put Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative's experienced staff to work for you. Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has access to funding sources to stimulate economic growth and development in its service area. ILDC is a wholly-owned economic development subsidiary of Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative which can assist rural communities in joint financing of projects - Providing quality jobs, adequate housing and infrastructure improvements. 

How Can Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative Assist You?

  • Site selection services
  • Financial packaging
  • Technical assistance with local, state and federal funding programs
  • Analysis of your power needs and coordination of electrical engineering infrastructure
  • Energy efficiency and power quality services

A Proven Track Record

  • Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has partnered to construct ten speculative buildings, nine have been sold; 30,000 square feet building available in Estherville
  • Iowa Lakes has provided $243,000 to receive $1,115,000 in USDA loans and grants for business expansion
  • Has helped to create over 1,000 new jobs through participation in speculative buildings and USDA loans and grants 
  • Developed Eastwood Estates - A 42 lot residential development in Spirit Lake, Iowa; 15 lots are currently available for purchase 

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative is located in Northwest Iowa with access to a sufficient transportation network.

  • Access to I-90, rail and regional airports
  • Housing availability and recreational opportunities in the communities within Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative's service territory
  • Ideal place to work, live and play

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative prides itself in being proactive in economic development activities within its service area. Working with partners, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative strives to create more opportunities to benefit its member-owners, local communities and regional economic vitality.

Partners:
Corn Belt Power Cooperative (CBPC) headquartered in Humboldt, Iowa, and Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) headquartered in Le Mars, Iowa, are generation and transmission electric cooperatives owned by their member distribution cooperatives. CBPC and NIPCO offer many economic development programs and services.


Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) is a statewide economic development office for Iowa's customer-owned rural and municipal electric utilities. IADG provides professional assistance with site selection, financial packaging, and marketing.

 In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or marital or family status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)                                      

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an Equal Opportunity provider and employer.

Questline

Questline, a premier research and information service, is available only to Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative's commercial and industrial member-owners.  As part of the Questline Service, you will receive a semi-monthly online newsletter via your email address.  We hope you find it to provide you with useful news and information.  These newsletters will focus on energy-related technology or business subjects that may prove useful in your everyday operations.

The Questline Service also provides you with:

  • A confidential Ask an Expert hotline (800) 842-0488(800) 842-0488(800) 842-0488842-0488, staffed with engineers and professional researchers, who will provide one-on-one answers to your technical and business-oriented questions.
  • Access to a proprietary Library of Information, where you can Search by Keyword or by category, with topics ranging from process troubleshooting and regulatory information to facility management and maintenance to power quality and energy efficiency.
  • A set of tools that provide Industry Data and Targeted Research.

In addition, Questline has a free "Tools you can use" C&I page that anyone can take advantage of.

There is no cost for any of these services. You can reach Questline by 800-824-04888 or by email. Questline's fax number is 888-716-8724888-716-8724.

Online operating hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST), Monday through Friday. After hours, leave a message. Questline will provide solutions or information within 48 hours of initial contact.

Questline is provided to your company as a service of Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative and its power supplier, Corn Belt Power Cooperative.

For information about Questline, power supply and expansion, contact:
Jed Skogerboe - Key Account Executive
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
800-225-4532800-225-4532 or jeds@ilec.coop