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
Heartland interns complete projects, create resources for customers’ benefit

Heartland interns complete projects, create resources for customers’ benefit

September 1, 2016 Heartland’s two summer interns wrapped up their respective projects and presented their findings to the Heartland Board of Directors at their August meeting. Operations Engineering Intern Heather Ahlgrim and Customer Research Read More
Akron ripe with aronia berry business

Akron ripe with aronia berry business

September 1, 2016 The old saying goes “There’s something in the water,” but in Akron, Iowa, there’s something in the juice: aronia berries. The city has become the unofficial aronia berry capital of Read More
Summer Conference recap: Entrepreneurs and collaboration are pathways to prosperity

Summer Conference recap: Entrepreneurs and collaboration are pathways to prosperity

August 1, 2016 How is your city welcoming new residents and entrepreneurs? Will your welcome encourage them to stay? Don Macke, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, posed these questions Read More
CEO’s Report: Partnering for progress in customer communities

CEO’s Report: Partnering for progress in customer communities

August 1, 2016 Listening to Don Macke speak at our Summer Conference about creating economic opportunities got me energized about development in our customer communities. He reminded me how important partnerships are in Read More
Two long-term projects moving forward in Arlington

Two long-term projects moving forward in Arlington

August 1, 2016 The city of Arlington, SD is moving forward with two phases of its long-term strategic plan with help from Heartland. The Arlington Community Development Corporation (ACDC) received a $5,000 economic development Read More