FARMINGTON, Minn. (March 24, 2008) — More than 100 city, chamber and county officials and others involved in economic development, attended Dakota Electric Association’s 19th Annual Partners in Progress program, March 18, at Royal Cliff in Eagan. The program’s theme “Plug into the Future” celebrated the achievements and hard work of communities and organizations in and near Dakota County that promote growth and economic development.
 
The following cities were recognized for their work: Apple Valley, Burnsville, Cannon Falls, Eagan, Farmington, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville and Rosemount. In 2008, these cities issued more than $366 million in permits for residential and commercial construction.

“As you can see, even with an economy that is facing tough times right now, there is much happening in Dakota County,” Dakota Electric’s Board Chair Jim Sheldon told those in attendance. “Dakota Electric is very pleased to be able to help grow the prosperity of this area, and Dakota Electric would not be a successful member-owned distribution cooperative without all of you.”

Dakota Electric partnered with each city and organization in a variety of ways in 2008 to help boost local economies and provide support. Dakota Future and Dakota County Workforce Investment Board were also honored for their economic development efforts.