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Access Energy recognized with economic development award

Kevin Wheeler, general manager and CEO of Access Energy Cooperative in Mt. Pleasant, accepts the Impact Award on behalf of Access Energy Cooperative from Rand Fisher, president of Iowa Area Development Group. (Submitted)
Kevin Wheeler, general manager and CEO of Access Energy Cooperative in Mt. Pleasant, accepts the Impact Award on behalf of Access Energy Cooperative from Rand Fisher, president of Iowa Area Development Group. (Submitted)

MT. PLEASANT — Access Energy Cooperative’s commitment goes far beyond ensuring safe, reliable, efficient, and environmentally responsible energy.

The company actively creates strategic partnerships and provides technical and financial assistance to support business growth and community vitality.

Annually, the Iowa Area Development Group presents Impact Awards to utility partners who have been involved in significant economic development initiatives. During the September Access Energy Cooperative board meeting, the cooperative was recognized for its economic development accomplishments and commitment to the communities it serves.

Access Energy Cooperative was presented with an Iowa Area Development Group Impact Award for community development.

Recent examples of project support include securing funds through the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program to support upgrades to the Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant. These funds assisted with the purchase of a new ambulance and the installation of new x-ray equipment to be used extensively by the Emergency Department.

The loan will be paid back into Access Energy’s Revolving Loan Fund and will be available to support future projects, such as Hinterland Dairy. Access Energy supported the construction of Hinterland’s new cheese processing and retail business near Donnellson with a loan from their loan fund.

“We commend Access Energy Cooperative for being an active supporter of business and community development in the territory they serve,” said development group President Rand Fisher. “They provide essential financial and technical assistance that many times is a critical component in successfully securing projects that create jobs and support community vitality.”