The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges and also some unforeseen opportunities for Iowa businesses and industries. Many Iowa companies, served by electric cooperatives, have adjusted, innovated and stepped up to fill important community needs.

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Your electric cooperative is speaking with lawmakers to make sure they understand that the best way for them to help the electric co-ops and Iowa’s rural economy is to help you. The cooperative principle of “Concern for Community” has been driving our response to the pandemic every day.

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By all accounts, our country is facing an unprecedented economic crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families have experienced job loss or reduction in employment. There is help available through Iowa’s network of community action agencies if you find yourself in this situation.

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Electric cooperatives are no strangers to extreme situations, but these are unprecedented times even by our standards. Iowa’s electric co-ops have plans and processes in place to manage all types of scenarios, including a pandemic.

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For Iowa, the answer to the age-old question is BOTH! With nearly 59 million laying hens, producing approximately 16 billion eggs annually, Iowa far outpaces other states in both categories.

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Iowa is celebrating the 15th anniversary of one of the nation’s most heralded philanthropic partnerships. This celebration is possible because Iowa leaders, legislators and the governor came together to pass and implement legislation known as the County Endowment Fund and the Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program.

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When my electric cooperative selected me for Youth Tour, I didn’t know what to expect. The trip opened Sarah Herz's eyes to the possibilities of leadership and being involved. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will influence her future decisions and career path. 

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Before Iowa’s four electric cooperative linemen went to Central America, they had some idea what it would be like in the small rural village of Salina 7 Cerros in north-central Guatemala. Once there, however, it was beyond anything they had ever imagined or experienced.

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Numerous Iowa companies, nominated by their local electric cooperatives, received Iowa Venture Awards during the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ Annual Meeting on Dec. 5.

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When IAEC's Chuck Soderberg traveled to a rural village in Guatemala in October, he was shocked to see how difficult life was without access to electricity. There was no running water, no refrigeration or indoor plumbing. Thanks to a cooperative effort, change is coming.

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