Staff Directory

Tom Lambrecht
Manager, Economic Development Services

Phone: 763-445-6105

As the economic development director for Great River Energy, Lambrecht is responsible for:

  • Administration and implementation of economic development strategies for 28 member electric cooperatives across Minnesota
  • Coordination of federal state and local financing programs to achieve successful project financing and development
  • Directly responsible for more than $35 million of internal development financing, with complete project costs in excess of $700 million
  • Administration of Member CEO Economic Development Advisory Board

He is also actively involved in multiple economic development organizations at local state and national level.

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Erin Sparks
Economic Development Specialist

Phone: 763-445-6113

Erin Sparks brings a strong background in economic development to Great River Energy. Prior to joining Great River Energy she served as the executive director of the Lake City Economic Development Authority as a representative of Community & Economic Development Associates (CEDA). Sparks also served as vice president of CEDA, a private, nonprofit agency that serves small, rural communities, throughout southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa. Sparks sits on the board of directors of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and is a certified small business counselor through the Minnesota Small Business Development Center.

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Jeff Borling
Economic Development Lead

Phone: 218-355-8088

Jeff Borling joined Great River Energy’s economic development staff bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the economic development field. He most recently served as director of industrial/economic development for Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Prior to that, he spent seven years with Area Partnership for Economic Expansion where he helped to drive regional investment activity and job growth in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. He has chaired the public relations committee of the Iron Range Economic Alliance since 2008 and currently serves as a board member with St. Luke’s and the Arrowhead Manufacturers and Fabricators Association. Borling is based in Duluth and will focus on economic development in northern Minnesota.

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CapX2020, led in part by Great River Energy, has built more than 700 miles of new high voltage electric transmission lines in Minnesota, delivering affordable, reliable electricity.