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Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation Receives Economic Development Award

Whittemore, Iowa - Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), honored Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation and Executive Director Maureen Elbert with the Silver Shovel Award at their Countywide Breakfast in Whittemore on July 31.             

The Silver Shovel Award honors outstanding leadership, innovation and achievement in business and community development.   In presenting the award Bruce Hansen, IADG vice president of business development, highlighted numerous accomplishments of the Kossuth-Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation. Hansen recognized their comprehensive approach to economic development in leading business and community development efforts with entrepreneurship, existing industry, new business and community vitality. Maureen Elbert was recognized for her leadership as past President of the Professional Developers of Iowa and Mid Iowa Growth Partners; as well as her support of business retention and expansion efforts through the Best of Iowa. Also recognized was the 15-year internship program and other workforce programs. Recent projects within Kossuth-Palo Alto Counties include the Kossuth Regional Health Center, Aluma, Cozzini, and securing a dentist for the region, to name a few. The Kossuth-Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation was nominated for the award by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Midland Power Cooperative and Corn Belt Power Cooperative.   

The Silver Shovel Award also brought with it a $1,000 contribution from the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation.  The financial award will allow Iowa Lakes Development Corporation to advance economic development through contributions to local 501c3 organizations.   The IADG Community Foundation was established to facilitate community based philanthropy throughout rural Iowa, promote entrepreneurship and advance economic development.    

The Silver Shovel Award was established to recognize significant accomplishments of our rural development partners.  IADG was established in 1985 to help its utility sponsors and their communities promote and foster economic development. The organization and its utility sponsors have been instrumental in facilitating over 1,800 projects, $7.56 billion in investment and creating over 45,000 jobs for rural Iowa.

Pictured left to right: Bruce Hansen-Iowa Area Development Group, Maureen Elbert-K/PACEDC, Brittany Dickey-Corn Belt Power Cooperative, and Jed Skogerboe-Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative 

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