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Milan's connections to a renewable energy economy can be seen at the local elevator, where all but 70,000 bushels of the 2.1 million bushels of corn handled there in the past year was sold to ethanol producers in the region. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Move to renewable energy offers opportunities for rural areas

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MILAN -- A week ago Lois Quam was in the United Arab Emirates, where she represented Piper Jaffray & Company of Minneapolis as oil producing states in the Middle East looked at how to invest their petroleum profits in what many see as the future: renewable energy.

Thursday she was in Milan, where many want to make the community and region a leader in that future.

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