Site Selector Magazine announced for the fourth consecutive year that Alliant Energy has earned their Top Utility in Economic Development honor. The annual list recognizes the company for its contributions to local community development and job creation.
In its September issue, Site Selection credits Alliant Energy’s economic development team, in collaboration with local, regional and state economic development partners in Iowa and Wisconsin, for delivering more than $2.1 billion in new capital investment and creating more than 4,400 new jobs in 2021.
Alliant Energy is one of 20 companies nationally named to the list and the only one in Iowa. In all, there are 3,300 utility companies, including 900 electric cooperatives, in the United States.
“Alliant Energy is extremely proud to once again be honored as a top utility in economic development and we are honored to be among such strong industry peers,” said John Larsen, chair, president and CEO of Alliant Energy. “Guided by our purpose of serving customers and building stronger communities, our partnerships with the 1,300-plus communities we serve in Iowa and Wisconsin helped to bring even more projects to life in the past year. We are appreciative of their partnership and share this award with them.”
The 2021 projects included 58 industrial wins across the 1,300-plus communities Alliant Energy serves. Businesses in food processing and ingredients accounted for ten projects and industrial biotechnology accounted for six.
“Working with Alliant Energy has been like a breath of fresh air for us,” said Greg Northrop, president of VERBIO NA Holdings Corporation. “When we started talking about what we needed to do, Alliant Energy did a very good job of listening and understanding our needs to be successful.”
VERBIO, the first industrial-scale renewable natural gas (RNG) manufacturing facility in North America, became fully operational earlier this year. It’s located on the east end of Alliant Energy’s Prairie View Industrial Center near Ames, Iowa and injects RNG into an Alliant Energy natural gas pipeline for distribution across the country. Learn more about this project on our blog.
“Utilities play an essential role in whether industry relocates to an area or expands its current presence, I am continually impressed at how Alliant Energy partners with us to move the needle at the strategic and project level,” said Ron Corbett, Vice President of Economic Development, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.
Alliant Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: LNT) provides regulated energy service to 985,000 electric and 425,000 natural gas customers across Iowa and Wisconsin. Alliant Energy's mission is to deliver energy solutions and exceptional service customers and communities count on – safely, efficiently and responsibly. Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company are Alliant Energy's two public energy companies. Alliant Energy is a component of the Nasdaq CRD Sustainability Index, Bloomberg's 2022 Gender-Equality Index, and the S&P 500. For more information, visit alliantenergy.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.