Heartland welcomes economist intern

Heartland welcomes economist intern

May 31, 2017 Heartland has retained an economist intern to help with various projects throughout the summer months. Michael Shlanta, a recent graduate of Dakota State University, joined Heartland at the end of Read More
Colman to boost marketing efforts with LED message board

Colman to boost marketing efforts with LED message board

May 16, 2017 Drivers on Highway 34 through Colman, SD will soon be greeted by a digital LED message board promoting available property in the city’s housing and industrial parks. The double-sided sign Read More
Governor’s Economic Development Conference

Governor’s Economic Development Conference

April 25, 2017 Read More
Public Power Consultants Forum

Public Power Consultants Forum

March 29, 2017 American Public Power Association is pleased to partner with Area Development to offer the 3rdannual APPA/Area Development Public Power Consultants Forum, March 29-31, at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Read More
Growth from within strengthens entire district

Growth from within strengthens entire district

March 3, 2017 Economic development highlights from 2016 To the average citizen, economic development means new businesses and new jobs. For municipal employees, it also means utility sales, an increased tax base and added Read More
Making room to grow

Making room to grow

January 30, 2017 Utility systems studies in Volga determine infrastructure requirements, feasibility Ask any seasoned community developer and he or she will tell you: economic development doesn’t just happen. Efforts must be made Read More
What’s next for rural communities?

What’s next for rural communities?

January 11, 2017 Small Town Trends Webinar All your life, you’ve been told that small towns are dying, drying up, and disappearing, and that there’s nothing you can do to change it. What Read More
The resurgence of rural America

The resurgence of rural America

November 30, 2016 By Steve Johnson, staff writer for NRECA, electric.coop Reprinted with permission Rural America may not have turned the corner yet. But it has its blinker lights on. The nation’s rural Read More
Low interest financing available

Low interest financing available

November 2, 2016 HELP Fund receives $1 million in IRP funds for business development projects When Chubs Country Store in Akron, Iowa had its soft opening Friday, September 2, the response was anything Read More
City finds success with main street spec building

City finds success with main street spec building

September 1, 2016 Officials in Akron, Iowa have long considered the possibility of a spec building in their community. It wasn’t until Akron native, former city council member and entrepreneur John Lucken stepped Read More