Silver Shovel Award Recognizes Le Mars and Rock Valley

posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in News

The Silver Shovel Award recognition was established to help commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Iowa Area Development Group and its economic development mission. Iowa Area Development Group and North West REC recently honored two groups with the Silver Shovel Award.   

The Silver Shovel Award honors outstanding leadership, innovation and achievement in business and community development as well as collaboration with IADG and its utility partners.  In presenting the awards to Le Mars Business Development Corporation and the Rock Valley Development Corporation (at separate events) numerous accomplishments of each organization were highlighted.  Noteworthy achievements included strategic investment in industrial parks, speculative buildings and other projects in partnership with North West REC.     

The Silver Shovel Award also brought with it a $1,000 contribution from the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation.  The financial award will allow each development group to advance economic development through contributions to local 501c3 organizations.   The IADG Community Foundation was established to facilitate community based philanthropy throughout rural Iowa. 
Iowa Area Development Group was established in 1985 to help its utility sponsors and their communities.  The organization has been instrumental in facilitating over 1,700 projects, $6 billion in investment and over 40,000 jobs for Iowa. 

To nominate a local development organization for the IADG Silver Shovel Award contact Bruce Hansen at IADG or go to and click on “Partners” to download a nomination form.