As part of National Co-op Month, Gov. Kim Reynolds has declared October as Cooperative Month in Iowa. During this month, cooperatives of all types and from all industries reaffirm their member-owned mission and commitment to the communities they serve.

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Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) and its member cooperatives have led thousands of consumer members through the Dakotas on annual Energy Trail Tours for decades. The tour connects western Iowa members with the generation resources and the people responsible for delivering electric power to their homes, farms and businesses.

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Meet the three winners of the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives of Iowa 2022 Shine the Light contest! These individuals were selected based on making a positive difference in their community and have each been awarded a $2,000 donation to their charity.

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Following the cooperative principle of “Concern for Community,” Iowa rural utilities have supported hometown grocery stores across the state. The following are a few inspiring examples of how rural communities have rallied to keep their grocery stores a vital part of their towns and region.

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To celebrate local volunteers, the Shine the Light contest returned for a second year and received 68 entries during the month of June. Please join us in celebrating these nominees for their outstanding commitment to community.

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Bruce Nuzum was recently named president of the organization following Rand Fisher’s retirement in January. We sat down with Nuzum to learn more about him, including his vision for IADG and rural economic development efforts in Iowa.

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In Iowa, an estimated 30,000 nonprofit organizations are helping to enrich their communities and serve their residents. Iowa rural electric cooperatives know the importance of these organizations and assist these organizations in many ways.

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Rand Fisher will retire on Jan. 31. In this Statewide Perspective, he shares his thanks and appreciation for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ support in his service as president of the Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) these past 25 years.

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The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) and its electric cooperative, municipal utility and independent telecommunication company sponsors annually recognize outstanding companies and individuals with the Iowa Venture Awards. 

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During the holiday season, shopping local is one of the easiest ways to support your friends and neighbors who are also business owners.
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