Iowa Area Development Group Makes Sure Business is Booming Across Rural Iowa

Iowa Area Development Group provides economic development support across the state.

Cindy Sanders
On Monday, January 4, 2021 - 16:03
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Flip a switch, push a button, double click an app – a “plug and play” world demands safe, reliable utilities at the touch of a fingertip.

Although a lot goes into keeping Iowa connected, the more than 220 rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies across the state stand ready to power up the possibilities. 

For 35 years, the Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) has partnered with these power brokers to provide assistance and resources to help rural Iowa grow and flourish.

“IADG provides economic development support across the state,” explains organization president Rand Fisher. “We see firsthand the tremendous partnership that Iowa rural utilities provide to support their business and residential customers.”

Never before has access to dependable, affordable utilities been as critical as during the coronavirus pandemic with home connections required for work, school and telehealth. 

“As the COVID-19 pandemic reached Iowa, the rural electric cooperatives and independent telecommunications companies quickly adopted protocols and plans to ensure the reliable delivery of power and internet service to their customers,” Fisher notes.

“Iowa rural utilities have led the way, deploying state-of-the-art technology and investing millions of dollars in building out and maintaining a robust telecommunications network,” adds Brittany Morales, program director for IADG’s Ripple Effect Program.

Recently, more than $75 million in federal grants and funding has focused on broadband internet expansion and improved technology access in underserved areas across rural Iowa. Those resources have made the state a popular option for individuals and companies looking to restore a more equitable work/life balance. 

“With more employers implementing indefinite work from home policies, we are seeing people move away from major metro areas,” Fisher says. “Iowa is attractive because it offers unique and safe communities, affordable homes, short commutes, access to parks and trails, and an excellent quality of life.”

For assistance powering up your next development project, reach out to IADG at 800-888-4743 or go online to for information and resources.  

Learn more at Iowa Area Development Group