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Gardonville to be honored during Business and Industrial Day

Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association has been selected to receive the 2010 Business and Industrial Appreciation Day (BIAD) award.

The award is presented annually to a local business by the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) and Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce with the recipient being chosen by the boards of directors of both organizations.

The 27th annual BIAD Award Luncheon will take place on Friday, October 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the upper ballroom of the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.

Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association has been in operation in the communities of western Douglas County since 1943 and was formed by a group that had a vision and understanding of how important telecommunications would be to the region's future, according to the AAEDC.

From its humble beginnings as a consolidation of small farmer-owned rural telephone line systems to the highly integrated and cutting edge system that is in place today, Gardonville has acted as a catalyst for technological innovation and access throughout the region, the AAEDC said.

In addition to telephone services, Gardonville provides Internet access, web hosting, digital television, cellular phone and local broadcasting services to citizens and businesses throughout Douglas County and the region.

To support and encourage the economic and community development activities of communities throughout western Douglas County, Gardonville Cooperative is actively engaged in the Brandon Economic Development Authority and has worked with a number of local businesses to secure both private and USDA funding for construction and expansion projects.

In 2008, Gardonville expanded and relocated its business offices in Brandon into a 21,900-square-foot facility at 800 Central Avenue North.

In April of 2009, a retail sales location opened in Alexandria to provide increased customer access in the growing Alexandria marketplace.

Gardonville Cooperative provides residential and commercial services throughout nearly all of Douglas County and portions of eastern Grant County.

The company currently employs 30 individuals and is continuing to aggressively grow the range of services provided to businesses and residents throughout the region, noted the AAEDC.

The BIAD program is focused on providing an opportunity for the Alexandria regional community to say, "Thank you for being a vital part of our community."

The honored company is selected based on the jobs it creates for the community and region, the investments it has made to facilities within Douglas County and the community contributions that the business makes.

For more information on the 2010 BIAD Award Program or to purchase tickets for the luncheon, contact Patrick Kalina at the AAEDC, (320) 763-4545 or Kathleen Lindenberg at the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, (320) 763-3161.