Economic Development

Meet Brenda—A new face in Economic Development at the Co-op

Brenda Hackman joined the Cooperative’s staff May 13 as the Manager of Economic Development and Community Relations.

A current resident of Decorah, she resides there with her husband Ivan and son Wyatt, a sophomore at Decorah High School. They also have a daughter Katelyn, who lives and works in La Crosse and daughter Michala who is a senior at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. They moved back to the area four years ago after being gone from the state for many years for Ivan’s career. “We always knew we would end up back in Iowa, it was just a matter of time; Iowa is home and there is no place quite like it.”

Brenda and her husband both graduated from Turkey Valley. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa, Brenda taught for a few years before becoming a public library director in Wisconsin. After their relocation to Iowa, she worked for the State of Iowa in Decorah as a workforce advisor/business service rep. and with the Promise Jobs program.

Brenda says she feels so fortunate to be offered this wonderful opportunity and to be a part of ACEC. “I appreciate all the warm welcomes and look forward to engaging with members, communities and government leaders to promote rural economic development in Iowa.”

In her free time, you might find Brenda spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, taking photos, kayaking and/or going on “day trips” with her family. She also enjoys volunteering at the Wellington Assisted Living in Decorah.  “A work-life balance is very important to me and I strive to make it a priority.”

Brenda moved into Hollee McCormick’s position at ACEC. Hollee became the Executive VP/Gen-eral Manager, upon Paul Foxwell’s retirement last month.


We are now partnering in our commitment to business and community development with an organization called the Iowa Area Development Group. We also continue to offer economic development financing through our revolving loan fund. About our RLF.

Contact us for more information about:

  • USDA Rural Development Loan Programs
  • Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative Economic Development Loan Program

Recent projects we've assisted with

Trinity Fabricators honored with Iowa Venture Award - December 2018.

Funding for energy projects:
There may be funding available for renewable energy or energy efficiency projects through USDA Rural Development.

There is also an opportunity for dairy producers to purchase more energy efficient equipment through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). For more information contact your local NRCS office or talk with John Molumby at (888)788-1551. Along with directing you to the appropriate USDA representatives, John can assist you by completing the required energy efficiency audit on your proposed project.

Learn more about Rural Development programs by visiting the agency's website here.