The Iowa Area Development Group and its electric cooperative, municipal utility and independent telecommunication company partners annually recognize growing companies with an Iowa Venture Award. The following companies were honored at a luncheon during the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting on Dec. 1.

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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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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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