The Business Expansion and Strategic Trends of Iowa Excellence Awards went to Greater Dubuque Development Corp., Kossuth/Palo Alto Economic Development Corp., Marion County Development Commission and Montgomery County Development Corp. for their work to support Iowa’s existing businesses. BEST of Iowa is a collaboration of local economic development groups working with Iowa’s utilities and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA); its mission is to strengthen relationships with Iowa companies to provide a better understanding of issues impacting the ability to do business in the state. “BEST of Iowa would not be the success it is without the invaluable work of our local economic development partners. The feedback received contributes to determining statewide trends, creating programs to address the concerns of our business community and ensuring Iowa’s business climate remains globally competitive,” said Debi Durham, director of the IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority.