Alliant Energy was named a Top Utility in Economic Development by Site Selection magazine. The annual list recognized the company for its contribution to community development, job creation and partnerships with institutions of higher learning in the territories the company serves. For the second year in a row, Alliant Energy is the only Iowa energy company to make the list .
“We are guided by our purpose to serve customers and help build strong communities,” said Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “We partner with the communities we serve, nonprofit organizations and local economic groups to bring our purpose to life.”
Site Selection’s September issue credits Alliant Energy’s economic development team and its collaboration with local, regional and state partners for delivering more than $1.2 billion in new capital investment and more than 2,600 new jobs in Iowa and Wisconsin in 2019. In addition, Alliant Energy’s partnerships with the communities it serves helped bring 44 new industrial, warehouse and office projects to life.
Alliant Energy’s new Community Growth Investment Program provides grants to economic development groups. The funding pays for industrial site certification and also for studies and strategic plans to address issues with the local workforce, housing needs and unique community concerns.
The company also launched a digital manufacturing lab in Ames, Iowa in partnership with the Iowa State University Center for Research and Service (CIRAS) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The initiative benefits small and midsize rural Iowa manufacturers, helping to educate them about technologies such as collaborative robots, 3-D printers and advanced vision systems.
“The visibility that comes with being classified as a top utility for the second year in a row again shines a light on all of the great communities we are privileged to serve,” said Scott Drzycimski, Director of Customer, Community and Economic Development. “Our state’s workforce, certified industrial site options and the leadership of our local partners appeal to companies looking for new locations for their industrial projects and investments.”
Site Selection delivers expansion planning information to 45,000 site location consultants and executives of fast-growing firms and is considered the senior publication in the development field. The magazine bases its ranking on a utility’s efforts to cultivate industrial business development, job creation and the populations it serves.