By CBJ News Staff

Alliant Energy has been named a Top Utility in Economic Development by Site Selection magazine, making it the only Iowa energy company to make the list for a second year in a row.

The annual list recognizes utilities for their contribution to community development, job creation and partnerships with institutions of higher learning in the territories the company serves. Site Selection credited Alliant’s economic development team, and its collaborations with local, state and regional 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.

“We are guided by our purpose to serve customers and help build strong communities,” Terry Kouba, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company, stated in a release. “We partner with the communities we serve, nonprofit organizations and local economic groups to bring our purpose to life.”

New initiatives include Alliant’s Community Growth Investment Program, which provides grants to economic development groups, and a digital manufacturing lab in Ames, in partnership with the Iowa State University Center for Research and Service (CIRAS) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. That 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.

To share information about its service area with site location consultants, Alliant Energy created a new interactive economic development website. CBJ