At Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) we know it takes financial resources to make a positive impact. NIPCO's commitment to community is just one foundation of service that we provide to the communities we serve.
Through collaborative relationships between NIPCO, our distribution cooperatives and local economic development partners, we can make a difference by building the local economy through economic and community development programs.
NIPCO offers a variety of programs to our member cooperatives within our ten-county service area in Northwest Iowa. These programs support economic and community development projects in order to increase and diversify sales, create and retain jobs, and to increase the tax base in the NIPCO system.
For more information, please work with your local electric cooperative to learn about all of the programs available to your communities.
Buildings and Sites
Iowa Area Development Group's member systems have been instrumental in partnering with Iowa communities to establish over 7,200 acres of prime industrial ground and have made significant investments in their communities, building over 2.2 million square feet of speculative industrial space. Our inventory consists of buildings in Iowa from 10,000 square feet to more than 150,000 square feet in every size community.
NIPCO Economic Development Programs
At NIPCO, we know it takes financial resources to make a positive impact. NIPCO's commitment to community is just one foundation of service that we provide to the communities we serve. Through collaborative relationships between NIPCO, our distribution cooperatives and local economic and community development partners, we can make a difference by building the local economy, create & retain jobs, and increase value within the NIPCO system.
Iowa Area Development Group (IADG)
IADG is committed to providing consultation and assistance to help businesses and communities achieve their project development goals. Our team of economic development professionals is knowledgeable, supportive and accessible. We provide a wide range of services including available site and building identification, financial incentive packaging, marketing, community resource assessment and other tools vital to development success.
NIPCO Economic Development Programs
NIPCO Revolving Loan Fund Program
Loans available from $10,000 - $100,000 for up to five years for eligible economic or community development projects.
No payments are due and no interest accrues during the first year of the loan term. The loan is amortized over the remaining years of the loan term with level debt service payments due, monthly. Interest rate is, then, set at NIPCO's Line of Credit Borrowing rate plus 1%, adjusted quarterly.
Application is made to the electric cooperative/NIPCO on an application form made available from the electric cooperative/NIPCO.
NIPCO USDA Rural Economic
Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG)
NIPCO is eligible to apply to the USDA under these programs for loans to assist in local economic or community development projects.
Application submitted in conjunction with the Class A Member and NIPCO.
NIPCO will sponsor no more than $1 million of pass-through loans per Class A Member
An irrevocable letter of credit will be received as collateral on pass-through loans unless the project is a non-profit project, in which a city, county, or utility guarantee may be accepted.
NIPCO will charge a 1% administrative fee on all pass-through loans as a one-time charge, once the pass-through loan has been approved and funds have been paid to the ultimate recipient.
NIPCO Speculative Building/
Site Development Program
Provides an opportunity for NIPCO's Class A Members to develop speculative (“spec”) building/industrial park sites by making no interest loans available for a maximum loan amount up to $100,000 for five years.
NIPCO Class A Members are encouraged to develop partnerships with local communities in the development of “spec” buildings/sites.
NIPCO Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
NIPCO is currently accepting applications from businesses for use of the funds associated with the USDA IRP Fund. There are no restrictions regarding service territory.
The maximum loans under this program are $150,000. Prior loans from the IRP Fund have been five years in term and carry an interest rate at or near the prime rate.
These federal funds can be lent to businesses in the following counties: Ida, Monona, Crawford, Audubon, Shelby and Harrison.
For more information on economic development programs offered by NIPCO and its members, please reach out to your local rural electric cooperative office or contact:
All Economic Development Program applications made to Class A Members/NIPCO are subject to approval by the NIPCO Board of Directors.
Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.