News & Events

Intern Spotlight: Lauren Laven

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

By: Laura Nielsen Lauren Laven first attended the University of Iowa planning to major in music. However, like many first-year college students, she decided that wasn’t...
Intern Spotlight: Cassy Olesen

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

By: Laura Nielsen Cassy Olesen is currently the summer intern for Spencer Radio Group. She is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications at Iowa State University...
Intern Spotlight: Brock Jungjohan

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

By: Laura Nielsen Brock Jungjohan, a 2018 graduate from Spirit Lake High School, is the Marketing Intern at annLeo. Located in Milford, annLeo helps healthcare facilities...
OEI 2019: Meet the Class

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Buena Vista University Joseph Lind - Belton, MO Junior, Business: Finance, Financial Decision Making & Sport Business Lincoln Rock - Mahtomedi, MN Junior, Business: Corporate Finance & Wellness Management Tyler Tennyson...
Intern Spotlight: Luke Thompson

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

By: Laura Nielsen Luke Thompson, a 2018 graduate of Okoboji High School, is a mechanical engineer intern for the summer at 966 Industries, located in Milford....
Intern Spotlight: Rachel Harmon

Friday, June 28, 2019

By: Laura Nielsen Rachel Harmon is the Marketing Solutions Intern at Blink Marketing this summer. She is studying Graphic Design at South Dakota State University. Having...
Creating an Inclusive Corridor

Thursday, June 13, 2019

This was a busy week in the Iowa Lakes Corridor! On the evening of Tuesday, June 11, the community came together for a screening of "Do...
Miller named Consultant Connect Top 50 Economic Developers of 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      Contact: Carla Sones Consultant Connect PO Box 50664 Kalamazoo, MI 49005 269.207.4982 Consultant Connect Announces North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2019 KALAMAZOO, Michigan  – Consultant Connect, a consulting...
Round Lake Vineyards & Winery Updates

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Round Lake Vineyards & Winery Wins Double Gold and Goes 6 for 6 in 2019 International Wine Competition   Result are in for the 2019 Finger...
Workforce Resources 101: Federal Bonding Program

Thursday, March 28, 2019

What is it? The Federal Bonding Program provides a business insurance policy to protect employers who hire "at-risk" individuals that can be hard-to-place in the workforce....
Call for Nominations

Friday, March 15, 2019

The nominating committee of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Board of Directors invites members to submit names of possible candidates for board seats from Dickinson and...
February 2019 Quarterly Meeting

Friday, March 01, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended Wednesday's Quarterly Investor Meeting at the beautiful new Majestic Pavilion in Arnolds Park! Turnout was great and the audience learned a lot from the...
Internships...and a Corridor Opportunity

Friday, February 15, 2019

Young talent. High energy. New ideas. There’s one way to find it all: Interns.   If you’re company is looking to hire a high school or college...
Additional Opportunities to Apply for Registered Apprenticeship Funding

Thursday, January 31, 2019

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2019   Contact  Communications Bureau - 515-499-6820       Additional Opportunities to Apply for Registered Apprenticeship Funding   DES MOINES – Organizations have until 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22...
Laborshed Employment Study

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Laborshed employment study to be conducted in the Iowa Lakes Corridor Region   The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (Corridor) is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development (IWD)...
Get A Lakes Life Stories

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Dailey Family: Jenni Daily and her family moved to the lakes of northwest Iowa region from western Nebraska.With countless opportunities for fun and entertainment, Jenni,...
PDU Cables™ Announces production expansion to Estherville

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Contact:                                                                                                              Troy Peterson, President, PDU Cables (612) 819-1927,   PDU Cables™ Announces production expansion to Estherville, Iowa.      MINNETONKA – December 27, 2018 - Recent growth in PDU...
Happy New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2018

A new year means a fresh start and an opportunity to look forward to your goals and make resolutions for the coming year. Maybe you're...
A "Dash" of Leadership

Friday, December 21, 2018

Let’s talk reindeer.   Can we all agree Rudolph got a bit lucky. A foggy night, a nose so bright, and, HO HO HO, you’re the most...
Young Professionals Spotlight: Brandon Rohrig

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Brandon Rohrig was recognized as the Young Professional of the Year at the our annual Business Recognition Luncheon on November 14th. We thought we'd talk...
Northern Iowa & Southern Minnesota Wine Trail

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact Brianna Werner, MBA (507)-514-6177 | Southern Minnesota Northern Iowa Wine Trail Adventure Begins At The End Of The...
Winter Fun Photo Contest

Friday, December 07, 2018

We know that there are always activities available when you live in the Lakes Region of Northwest Iowa, but we need your help to show...
Local Christmas Shopping

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Holidays are upon us! Christmas music can be heard everywhere you go, shopping is very much underway. Those who are really on top of things...
Turkey Day

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Thanksgiving meal is all about variety: Turkey on a platter, bread in a basket, bowls of potatoes, stuffing (Perhaps you say dressing?), green beans,...
2018 Business Recognition Award Winners

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation once again recognized great achievement by local businesses Wednesday at the organization’s annual Business Recognition Luncheon at the Clay...
OEI Spotlight: Steven Brockshus

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Steven Brockshus was a part of the 12th Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute in 2017. At the time, he pitched his company, then called Terva, to his...
City of Spencer receives APA award

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA –   APA-Iowa announces recipients of 2018 Iowa Planning Awards Each year, the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-Iowa) asks its members to...
Intern Spotlight: Blake Carlson

Friday, August 24, 2018

Blake Carlson, a 2016 Spencer High School Graduate, is a marketing and operations intern for Community Insurance this summer. A junior at Simpson College in...
Intern Spotlight: Zach Renken

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Zach Renken is a marketing intern with Bank Midwest in Spirit Lake. Renken will be a sophomore at the University of South Dakota where he...
Prepare to Launch

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is proud to offer Prepare to Launch, Northwest Iowa’s Premier Entrepreneurship Workshop. A partnership between the Corridor, local businesses and...
Intern Spotlight: Lupe Tapia

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lupe Tapia is the Human Resources Intern for Quality Refrigerated Services in Spencer. Originally from Harris, Iowa, Tapia will study Human Resources at Iowa Lakes...
Intern Spotlight: Kaitlyn Hill

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Kaitlyn Hill is a Project Management Office intern at Rembrandt Foods. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Hill is a senior at Iowa State University where she...
Intern Spotlight: Jenny Klenken

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Jenny Klenken, a 2015 graduate of Spencer High School, is an intern with Williams & Company, P.C. this summer. Her position is supported through the...
Intern Spotlight: Daylain Bastman

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Daylain Bastman of Greenville is working as the intern for Quail Construction this summer, a position supported by the Spencer Area Jobs Trust Internship Program....
Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits announced

Thursday, July 19, 2018

(DES MOINES) – Registration for Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits is now open. Summit attendees will collaborate with local partners on workforce solutions.   The day-long summits...
State data shows wages increasing

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Northwest Iowa’s history of below average pay may be changing. Newly released statistics show “Laborshed” wages climbing across the Iowa Lakes Corridor region. County FY 2019 wage FY 2018...
Intern Spotlight: Claire Netten

Thursday, July 19, 2018

  Claire Netten of Ankeny, Iowa is the intern with Blink Marketing in Milford. In the fall, Netten will be a senior at the University of...
Intern Spotlight: Allison Carlon

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Allison Carlon of Fort Dodge is the Accounting Intern, for Iowa Lakes Regional Water this summer. A rising junior at Buena Vista University, Carlon majors...
Intern Spotlight: Mary Horger

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Mary Horger, a senior at Iowa State University, is working as a Quality Assurance Intern for Rembrandt Foods this summer. At Iowa State, Horger studies...
Intern Spotlight: Shannon Clark

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Shannon Clark of Spencer is one of the Marketing and Operations interns for Community Insurance this summer. A senior at Waldorf University in Forest City,...
Intern Spotlight: Maddie Schwenneker

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spencer native Maddie Schwenneker is the Marketing Intern for the Clay County Fair. An Iowa State University senior, Schwenneker is majoring in communications with a...
Corridor Announces Hiring of Alyssa Kragelund

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is pleased to welcome Alyssa Kragelund to their team. Originally from Anita, Iowa and a 2018 graduate of Buena...
Intern Spotlight: Gracie Vatthauer

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gracie Vatthauer is the intern for Newsradio 1240 KICD, Big Country 107.7 & MORE 104.9, a position supported by the Spencer Area Jobs Trust Internship...
Spencer Ag Center honored with Iowa Venture Award

Thursday, December 07, 2017

West Des Moines, Iowa - The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies, honored seven...
List your properties on the LOIS lane

Friday, November 03, 2017

By Kiley Miller Iowa Lakes Corridor CEO   As the designated regional partner for the Iowa Economic Development Authority and our state’s electric utilities, the Corridor has a...
Pristine lakes, fine fishing

Monday, September 11, 2017

"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." ~Doug Larson If you want to focus on the...
From the CEO: "Other duties as assigned"

Friday, September 08, 2017

“Other duties as assigned.” The most dangerous four words in employment. So you think you’re an accountant? Don’t forget the boss’s dry cleaning. Work in IT? That...
A cherished family tradition

Monday, September 04, 2017

County fairs are a fantastic family-friendly tradition. Year after year, they bring communities together for competitions, entertainment, food and festivities. The first modern Clay County Fair...
Come home to the fair

Monday, August 28, 2017

The first Clay County Fair Association was organized in 1917, which means the “The World’s Greatest County Fair” celebrates its centennial this year, September 9-17. Spencer,...
I’ll see you at the fair.

Monday, August 21, 2017

County fairs give residents a chance to step back to a slower time, when people made their own entertainment. These fairs contribute to the local...
Bike to Boji

Monday, August 14, 2017

There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road on a motorcycle. The thrill of the ride tends to melt away everyday anxiety, allowing people to...
Come sail away

Monday, August 07, 2017

Have you ever noticed that being around a body of water can help you feel calmer? There's a whole body of research suggesting water brings...
What do you do?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Begun in 1992, Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, ILCDC brought together Clay and Dickinson counties with the goal of fostering, aiding and assisting the growth...
Working Together to Grow a Region

Monday, July 24, 2017

Many rural areas of the country face tough economic times. The ones that make the most headway have formed collaborative groups. Working together, they can...
Higher education for high-tech workers

Monday, July 17, 2017

Locales that have the biggest pools of highly trained workers have higher education readily available. It just makes sense. Students are attracted to schools with...
Good training = good workers

Monday, July 10, 2017

Finding a pool of qualified workers is one of the biggest struggles for companies in these days of high-tech everything. There is a severe shortage...
Local food scene keeps on truckin’

Friday, July 07, 2017

Food trucks have been a mainstay in metropolitan communities for years, but the four-wheels-with-food approach is starting to find a foothold in the Iowa Great...
RAGBRAI town meeting held

Friday, July 07, 2017

The Spencer RAGBRAI Team conducted a town meeting at the Stables on the Clay County Fairgrounds to talk to the community about everything planned during...
Studio 12 open for innovation

Friday, July 07, 2017

Second floor renovation meant as anchor for collaborative neighborhood for entrepreneurs.          Economic development director Lyle Hevern says the internet and mobile technology...
Finding the right workforce

Monday, July 03, 2017

Businesses relocate for a variety of reasons, but finding a skilled pool of workers is one of the most common. Change is hard, but for...
Eaton building in Spencer for sale

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Eaton Corporation has listed its Spencer building for sale. The company is asking $3.3 million for the 330,000-square-foot building that sits on just less than 63...
Adult learners are motivated

Monday, June 26, 2017

More than 40 percent of all higher education enrollments are aged 25 or older, officially known as adult learners. Teachers love them. They are motivated...
Keeping healthcare healthy

Monday, June 19, 2017

How do hospitals keep enough nursing staff on board 24/7/365 so patients stay safe and well cared for? With technology-driven medicine, a human needs to...
Everything old is new again

Monday, June 12, 2017

Old-time iron works produced cast iron for fences, furniture and factories. They were at the cutting edge of industrial technology a century ago. What would...
Outdoor life brings all-over fitness

Monday, June 05, 2017

Scientists repeatedly have proven that physical activity in the outdoors provides a host of benefits, from better sleep to stronger social ties, from reduced stress...
That’s a B-I-G warehouse

Monday, May 29, 2017

Can you picture warehouse space that’s almost 2.3 acres in size? Vander Haags has over 100,000 square feet dedicated to its truck used parts. It’s...
Racing with confidence

Monday, May 22, 2017

The only things that keep racing cars connected to the earth as they fly over the speedway are their wheels. The right set of wheels,...
Less maintenance with a new home

Monday, May 15, 2017

In the market for a new home? You have a choice, new construction or a home with a history. An old Victorian might look charming,...
Joy at Storm Lake

Monday, May 08, 2017

The Good Life means a balanced life. It’s the chance to relax with friends and family, enjoy hobbies and spend time in the outdoors. According to...
Spencer travels back by going upstairs

Monday, May 08, 2017

Many in Spencer are familiar with the mainstay businesses of Spencer's downtown district. Despite being familiar with what occupies the ground floor, many people have...
Local women complete Women Managing Crops program

Sunday, May 07, 2017

ESTHERVILLE — Fourteen women successfully completed the four-week course, Women Managing Crops, offered this spring in Graettinger by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This course...
Iowa Lakes receives Green award

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Iowa Lakes Community College received word that it has been designated as a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee. Iowa Lakes is the only...
Spencer a 'best small town to visit'

Thursday, May 04, 2017

The city of Spencer was recently featured as one of 20 "Best Small Towns to Visit" on for its sixth annual list showcasing exciting...
Hometown fun

Monday, May 01, 2017

Do you love small town fairs? Does the thought of sack races, smores, music in the town center and a parade turn you giddy with...
Faster is better online

Monday, April 24, 2017

Just about every commercial enterprise today relies on communication via the internet. The faster businesses can upload and download, surf and research, the more competitive...
Heartland Kennels under new ownership

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Heartland Kennels, located approximately 3 miles west of Fostoria at 1840 280th St., changed ownership March 10. Previous owners Tom and Susan Herrick have sold the...
Not enough people?

Monday, April 17, 2017

There’s a general feeling that the U.S. is overcrowded. The population is over 324 million, with 81 percent living in cities and suburbs. That is, unless...
Methodist Manor progressing with new addition

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A few weeks of unexpectedly favorable winter weather has pushed the massive Methodist Manor addition forward. From February into early March, work has been completed...
BVU to host entrepreneurship networking panel

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Buena Vista University will be hosting an “Entrepreneurial Keys to Success” networking panel for local entrepreneurs and professionals to gather and learn more about what...
Rent to a vet

Monday, April 10, 2017

Affordable housing is a challenge for many Americans. When you’re one of the 30 percent of young vets, from 18 to 24, who don’t have...
Continuity of care

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Longhouse-Northshire administrator celebrates staff longevity Tim Christy, administrator of Longhouse-Northshire, has been with the residential care facility for 27 years, and unlike many people who supervise...
Dakota Pack breaks ground on expansion

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Dakota Pack of Estherville held a groundbreaking ceremony for its expansion, which will double the capacity of their cull hog processing facility. The ceremony included comments...
Water and the brain

Monday, April 03, 2017

Humans have a love affair with bodies of water. Neuroscientists report that time near a body of water, whether a lake, river or the ocean,...
And Crossroads makes 100

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Crossroads Convenience Store, located at the South T intersection in Spencer, became the 100th E15 station in the state of Iowa Wednesday. Crossroads is owned...
Phelps opens new dental location

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dr. Bill Phelps moved his dental practice from its previous location in the 200 block of East Fifth Street to a new location at 110...
Best and Worst States for Millennials 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Each generation is different, and is shaped to a large extent by its circumstances. For members of the millennial generation, those circumstances are a mixed...
Need it done? Hire a vet.

Monday, March 27, 2017

People who have been in the military accomplish the tasks they are given. That’s the most outstanding benefit companies notice when they hire a vet....
Carnegie Library facelift underway

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Construction work continues at the historic Carnegie Library along Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. Spenser's Underground Ministries officials hope to complete the current phase of...
Independent, hard workers available

Monday, March 20, 2017

In the next five years, will your business need a stream of resourceful workers, used to daily hard work? Do you want employees who give...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

February 28, 2017 (DES MOINES) –Today, U.S. News & World Report released their 2017 “Best States” ranking and ranked Iowa as the 6th “Best State” in the country.  “Best...
Look homeward

Monday, March 13, 2017

Making the transition from military back to civilian life can be tough. According to a survey by Pew Research, more than one-quarter of vets say...
Art connects

Monday, March 06, 2017

Gallup and the Knight Foundation researched how residents feel about art in a community. Surprisingly, they discovered it is one of the top 5 magnets...
Affordable housing and a better life

Monday, February 27, 2017

A social policy think tank, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, reports that affordable housing is directly linked to less crime, more stable...
The perfect houseguest stays at a hotel

Monday, February 13, 2017

Want to stay friends with visitors? Put them up at a hotel. If necessary, invent a plumbing problem. So say experts in the fine art...
Music on the brain

Monday, February 06, 2017

Neuroscientists say people who listen to music work smarter. Employees are more productive and in a better mood. That’s not all. Music stimulates an increase in...
Places to learn = places to earn

Monday, January 30, 2017

It’s the magic circle that keeps economies booming: areas with higher education available attract students who learn in-demand skills. Companies hire these grads, whose training...
Spirit Lake Library to undergo renovations

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Some friends from the past are making changes for the future at the Spirit Lake Public Library. Library Director Cindy Davis on Friday announced that bequests...
Iowa's population grows 2.9 percent

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Iowa’s population has grown by more than 87,824 since 2010, according to new estimates provided to the State Data Center from the U.S. Census Bureau....
UDMO food pantry major undertaking

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This is the second in our series The Good You Can Do, a report on volunteer opportunities in Emmet County, leading up to Martin Luther...
Incentives = more businesses

Monday, January 23, 2017

You hear how corporations want to be in major urban areas, And it’s true that far more companies start in or move to population centers...
The joys of retirement?

Monday, January 16, 2017

The joys of retirement are widely touted, especially by people getting close to that magic age. But according to recent studies, more than 3/4 of...
Your ‘Pop’ was an entrepreneur!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Risk taking and starting a business runs in families. Right? Actually, new entrepreneurs are more likely to be the first in their family to launch. New...
Kids with nothing to lose?

Monday, January 02, 2017

Do you need to be a young college kid taking a flyer on a promising idea to qualify as an entrepreneur? Most of us think...
Spencer Hospital Adds 3D Mammography Technology

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Spencer Hospital has added three-dimensional mammography technology to its array of diagnostic imaging  services for enhanced patient care.  Three-dimensional (3D) mammography combines traditional mammography with advanced...
From unemployable to entrepreneur

Monday, December 26, 2016

Is it true that entrepreneurs are just people who couldn’t get jobs, so they had to start their own companies? That’s actually true for Soichiro...
There’s corn in your gas

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bioscience success stories are everywhere. More than 97 percent of all the gas sold in the U.S. today contains about 10 percent ethanol. It boosts...
Spine surgeon relocates to Northwest Iowa

Friday, December 16, 2016

Experienced spine specialist Dr. Daniel J. McGuire has relocated his practice, Iowa Spine Care PLC, to northwest Iowa. Associated with Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint and...
Westergard earns 'Citizen of the Years' award

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ken Westergard has accomplished a lot in his more than eight decades in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. He helped develop infrastructure in the area, ran...
Fishing the Midwest TV set to begin 26th year

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fishing the Midwest, one of the Midwest’s longest-running and highest-rated fishing television shows, will begin airing its 26th year of award-winning fishing shows the weekend...
Sawmill Designs grand opening

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Danielle Westergaard, center, cuts the ribbon on her shop, Sawmill Designs Wednesdsay. The store will sell rustic and modern home dcor and custom furniture, live...
Miller talks housing with supervisors

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Kiley Miller, executive director of the Iowa Lakes Corridor of Opportunity, told the Emmet County Board of Supervisors he had a large concern for housing...
How do you measure the wind?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Just check your handy anemometer. You don’t have one? Then ask an anemometry specialist. The best place to find one, or two, just happens to be...
Getting wind of Iowa

Monday, December 05, 2016

Think wind turbines are a fad? Not in Iowa. In the state, over 6,000 jobs, along with 25 percent of the energy, are produced by...
Do computers think?

Monday, November 28, 2016

It depends on who you ask. Stephen Hawking predicts they will stage a world takeover within a century. But a lot of computer techies figure...
Plug-in Play

Monday, November 21, 2016

Almost 475,000 electric cars are tooling around the U.S. right now. When they run down, owners just plug them into the nearest outlet to get...
Spencer Hospital: "Healthier Together"

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hospital leaders and healthcare professionals across the country continue to expand their focus from caring for people with illnesses to include keeping people well through...
Commodores visit Beck Engineering

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Iowa Navy Commodores welcomed Beck Engineering into its new building at 3301 Zenith Avenue in Spirit Lake with a ribbon cutting Monday, Oct. 24. Click...
Taste of Home brought flavors of the season

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Guy Klinzing is taking his victory lap with Taste of Home. This fall marks Klinzing's final season with Taste of Home Cooking School. Klinzing said, "It...
ILEC cuts ribbon on solar array project

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The future's so bright you know the rest of the song. At Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, "the future's so bright" is more than just a saying. On...
Cultivating renewable energy

Monday, November 14, 2016

About 14 percent of the energy used in the U.S. comes from renewable sources like wind, solar and hydropower. Iowa farmers are part of the...
No space left to grow?

Monday, October 31, 2016

It’s an economic conundrum: how do you grow an industrial concern when land is fast disappearing and prices are soaring? Do the growth of strip...
Ernst visits Rembrandt Foods in Spirit Lake

Thursday, October 27, 2016

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said concerns about industry rules and regulations inspired her recent trip to northwest Iowa. The Iowa Republican commented on the role of...
Blue Zones Summit spurs Spencer growth

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The second Blue Zones Summit concluded in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this week and Spencer City Manager Bob Fagen returned with many new contacts and...
Iowa, growing more than corn

Monday, October 24, 2016

To the outsider, Iowa is the land of corn and soybeans. Iowa also grows companies, a fact well known to people looking for a healthy...
Iowa, a booming technology center

Monday, October 10, 2016

From Google’s data centers to technology companies serving financial and insurance industries, Iowa has gone high tech. Information and communication technology now accounts for over...
Iowa, one of the windiest states?

Monday, October 03, 2016

It’s true! Iowa ranks No. 5 in terms of windiest weather. Wind power now makes up more than a quarter of all the electricity generated...
The Most Impressive State for Clean Energy

Thursday, September 15, 2016

In the highly public race among states trying to get the most electricity from clean and renewable sources, it’s not surprising who’s making the most...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

If you think Iowa is about corn, you're right.  It's our gold, our oil…it helps fuel an economy that's robust and growing.  If, however, you...
Iowa Lakes awarded technology grant

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Some Iowa Lakes students and faculty members may soon have access to the latest technology in their field. The community college was awarded a nearly $1.7...
Shopko cuts ribbon at Grand Opening

Thursday, September 15, 2016

While rain fell steadily outside, it didn't keep customers from descending on Shopko Hometown in Estherville for the store's grand opening on Friday. Store manager Tom...
IGL TeleConnect expands into Everly area

Thursday, September 15, 2016

IGL TeleConnect, the area's fastest growing internet service provider, announced that it now offers high-speed internet access to those residing in the Everly area. IGL...
GrapeTree Medical Staffing named to Inc. 5000

Friday, August 26, 2016

GrapeTree Medical Staffing in Milford was recently named to Inc. magazine's Inc. 5000, a prestigious list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country.  GrapeTree is No. 1,205...
The Growth of Iowa Biotech

Thursday, August 18, 2016

In the early 2000s, cystic fibrosis researchers were frustrated with available mouse models of the disease. The mice carried the mutant version of the cystic...
Two wind farms coming to Dickinson County

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Iowa Great Lake residents might notice the construction of some new wind turbines in Dickinson County in the near future. Tradewind Energy, an energy company based...
Chamber sets sights on 'Women of Vision'

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Spencer Chamber of Commerce has announced a program entitled, "Women of Vision." This new program is intended to provide camaraderie, support and motivational presentations...
OEI Class of 2016 successfully completes course

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Congratulations to the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Class of 2016. This was the 11th year of OEI and these students from Buena Vista University, Iowa Lakes Community...
Newest 'Habitat' home digging underway

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A little more than two weeks after the official Northwest Iowa Corridor Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking for the Rosales family home, work began on site...
BVRMC's Hope Harbor staff complete courses

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The staff of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center's Hope Harbor staff recently completed courses sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association called Dementia Care Basics and Cares...
Iowa Lakes Corridor welcomes new staff

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation would like to welcome to its team two new hires: Katrina McCarty and Tim Weideman.  Katrina will be acting as...
Iowa ranked 4th best state for millennials

Friday, June 17, 2016

Recently, ranked Iowa as the fourth best state in the country for millennials. North Dakota topped the list followed by South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa...
The Best Place to Live

Thursday, March 31, 2016

What makes a location the best place to live? Research suggests that it is good to find a place with a low-cost of living and...
An Employable Workforce

Monday, March 28, 2016

As of June 2015, the national unemployment rate has dropped to 5.3%. But for those looking for work, it might be good to know that...
A Place to Tour, A Place to Live

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Iowa Lakes Corridor region is a great place to work because new and expanding businesses are constantly developing while endless programs are being implemented...
A Combined Four-Year Plan

Monday, March 21, 2016

Regardless of where you are in life or what you need, Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation wants to help you do it as cheaply, efficiently,...
Iowa Apprenticeship Program

Thursday, March 17, 2016

In a culture where employees feel it makes more sense to switch jobs every 5 years, it can be expensive and risky for employers to...
Buena Vista University

Monday, March 14, 2016

          What is important from a college? A high educational rating? Enough students to build a community? A quality education through a variety of different...
An Education meant for you

Thursday, March 10, 2016

          While the primary consumers of college educations are recent high-school graduates, learning is a life-long pastime. In many cases, the best way to proceed...
The Future of Entrepreneurs

Monday, March 07, 2016

          Entrepreneurs are the future. Iowa Lakes CDC wants to help entrepreneurs stimulate communities, bring new money and jobs, build solutions around stagnating markets, and...
Idea Development

Thursday, March 03, 2016

          Having an idea is only a small portion of a plan. For someone who has never started a new business venture before, the process...
The Full Package

Monday, February 29, 2016

Looking for a job? Iowa Lakes Corridor is overflowing with opportunities. Worried about finding a place to live? Iowa, and the Corridor region, have some...
Be Prepared

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Many students nationwide – high-school and college – are unprepared for the professional world. The Iowa Lakes Corridor region aims to change this - to...
The Cost of a Home

Monday, February 22, 2016

According to data gathered by the USA census (pdf found here:, the average price of buying a new house can be over 200,000 thousand...
By the Power of Wind

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Throughout the year of 2014, Iowa produced 28% of its electricity through wind energy. Third overall for wind energy production, Iowa has more than 1.5...
Healthy Healthcare

Monday, February 15, 2016

It should be a requirement that healthcare professionals be healthy, happy, and enjoy their work. Unfortunately, according to research, over 50% of healthcare workers feel...
The Power of a Mentor

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

According to research, nearly 50% of young entrepreneurs fail without a mentor, while around 88%, with the guidance of someone more experienced, succeed.           Within the...
Wind Power

Monday, February 08, 2016

As technology advances, Iowa continues to prove that wind power is a reliable and effective method of producing energy. Across the Midwest, multiple states are...
Soft Skills

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

One of the most stressful transitions in life is the one between college and the professional world. Research suggests that over 60% of employers believe...
How do you like your eggs?

Monday, February 01, 2016

Over the year of 2014, approximately 303 million hens in the United States laid around 7.5 billion eggs. This accumulates to almost 10% of the...
Agricultural Manufacturing

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Each region of the United States has a speciality. For the Iowa Lakes Corridor region, the two leading fields of employment are the industries of...
Vroom Vroom

Monday, January 25, 2016

Originating in Estherville, Iowa, Aero Race Wheels of Iowa Lakes Corridor has been developing and producing quality racing wheels for over 20 years. Their dedication...
Proper Customer Service

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Alongside communication, customer service is one of the leading factors in what makes a business respectable.           The foundation of Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is...
The Spencer Quality Housing Initiative Grant

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is dedicated to helping the community in a variety of ways: they run and encourage a variety of employee...
An Industry for you

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Iowa Lakes Corridor region is home to successful businesses throughout a variety of industries. These industries continue to grow, and with them, offer opportunities...
Words of Encouragement

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sometimes, a few words of encouragement can make the difference between success and failure. You can lose ten pounds, get that promotion, or find the...
Employment Equilibrium

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Across the United States, there are around 11 million unemployed citizens. On the opposing side of this, there are nearly 4 million jobs that are...
A job for every situation

Monday, January 04, 2016

Life has a handful of things that everyone experiences – life, death, eating, taxes, and, hopefully, employment. Finding a job is rarely as simple as...
Be happy with work

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

According to research, over 80% of workers in the United States are at a job they don’t like. Over 3/4ths of the employed population are...
A United Force

Monday, December 28, 2015

Thousands of years ago, early humans grouped up into tribes because they recognized something important – there is strength in numbers.           The Iowa Lakes Corridor...
A Sturdy Community

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

According to research, one of the key components to success is collaboration across and within communities.           The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is built upon...
Knowing is half the battle

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is a company dedicated to many things, one of which is creating an employable, skilled workforce. This means that...
The Success of Corridor Business

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Knowing the area is an important factor before starting or expanding a business. Are there experienced workers? Is the cost of living affordable? Are there...
IGL Teleconnecting the Corridor

Monday, December 14, 2015

As the business industry continues to expand, technology becomes an important component of success. Having the proper tools and services for internet connectivity, in particular,...
A Regional Report

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The research needed for moving somewhere desirable can take a lot of work, and, sometimes, it might seem like proper information is impossible to find.           ...
Take a chance on Iowa Lakes Corridor

Monday, December 07, 2015

Whether a recent college graduate, a full-time employee looking for a new job, or someone looking for work, a willingness to look beyond the local...
Comparing Costs of Living

Monday, November 30, 2015

Relocating to start or expand a business is full of unplanned costs – primarily the costs of finding new housing. As shown through the Iowa...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The best cure for stress, of course, is to relax. But how does one relax? Without really understanding how to relax, relaxing can seem like...
Wonderfully Spacious

Monday, November 23, 2015

While large cities can provide a lot of jobs, they are crowded, have expensive living costs, and are lacking in scenery. With a combined population...
Build from the Ground Up

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Regardless of where the phrase, “Build from the ground up” originated, Iowa Lakes Corridor likes to take this approach at developing the economy throughout the...
A Different Viewpoint

Monday, November 16, 2015

No matter how many times you watch a sunset over the Iowa Lakes, you will never see the same sunset as anyone else. No two...
A Capital Investment

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The future of a business – or a potential business – comes down to one factor - money. Capital is required for startup or expanding...
Education is Important

Monday, November 09, 2015

Education is important – a lesson that we’ve all heard countless times before. But education isn’t simply learning how to read, write, or do math....
Perfect Scenery

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The scenery in movies is always spectacular. They showcase long shots of the sun rising over a lake as far as the eye can see,...
Spousal Employment Network

Monday, November 02, 2015

Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation doesn’t want to split up a marriage by offering work to only one member of a relationship. Through a volunteer...

Monday, October 26, 2015

The world is a scary place, filled with thousands of different businesses looking to succeed. Competing against these companies can feel impossible when it is...
Economic Development and Growth

Monday, October 19, 2015

What does it mean to be economically developing or growing? Are they different? Along with a handful of partnerships, the primary goal of the Iowa...
Iowa Lakes Sites

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Iowa Lakes Corridor region of Northern Iowa has been consistently growing for over ten years. With a highly skilled work force, great housing options,...
College for Veterans

Monday, October 05, 2015

Since 2001, over one million veterans have attended college with the help of the GI Bill. The GI Bill helped veterans pay for an education...
Job Training

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    In a competitive work environment like that of the Iowa Lakes Corridor region, it can feel risky to train new employees. But having skilled,...
Veteran Employment

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nationwide, the Veteran unemployment rate is 5.3%, but in Iowa, it is as low as 4.4%. Many Veterans dedicate years of their lives to learning...
Accomplishing C3

Monday, September 07, 2015

Brought together in 1992, Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has been working hard to help the Corridor region economically grow and develop. Since 1999, they’ve...
The First

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Being the first can be risky business; while it might be beneficial, it is often filled with unknown factors that can be frightening to deal...
The Opportunities of Iowa Lakes Corridor

Monday, August 24, 2015

Did you know that Herbert Hoover, the 31st president, was born in Iowa and was the first president born west of the Mississippi river? Or...
HELP WANTED: Part-Time Bookkeeper

Monday, June 22, 2015

  Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation Part-time Bookkeeper The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is seeking a Part-Time Bookkeeper to start tentatively August 1st. The Part-time Bookkeeper obtains...
Jonna Garrett joins the Corridor

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jonna Garrett has joined the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation staff as the new Business Education Partnership Professional. She is responsible for Business Education Partnerships...
New Lending Fund for Housing Unveiled

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, Community Housing Initiatives, area lenders and large employers announce the launch of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Housing Fund. Created to...
Biochem tax credit pitched by economic agency

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Article By: The Des Moines Register  |  Matthew Patane   The state's economic development agency will pitch a new tax credit aimed at biochemical production during Iowa's...
UI officials tout economic development initiatives

Monday, October 20, 2014

Article By: IowaNow   |   Stephen Pradarelli   University of Iowa officials on Monday spelled out the university’s collective efforts for supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, cultivating Iowa’s...
Pure Fishing Job Fair

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Pure Fishing, a world leader in the fishing tackle industry, is holding an onsite Job Fair this week on Thursday, October 9 from 3:00 pm...
Simonsen Iron Works to host job fair

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Contract Manufacturing Company, Simonsen Iron Works, is seeing tremendous demand for its services. The growing, family owned business will be holding a job fair on...
Spencer Area Jobs Trust Internships come to a close

Monday, September 29, 2014

Spencer-area college students recently finished up their summer internships through the Spencer Area Jobs Trust Internship program. Erik Forslund, Nicholas O’Brien, Cara Vale and Jordan...
Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

9th Annual Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Set for August 3-8 SPENCER— The ninth annual Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute is scheduled to take place August 3-8, at the Iowa...
Corridor Elects Officers, New Directors

Friday, July 25, 2014

Corridor Elects New Board Members and Officers SPENCER— The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation announced new officers and members have been elected for fiscal year 2014-2015,...
Manufacturing 101 Spotlight: Temi Otaniyi

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is conducting the June session of the Manufacturing 101 workshop, and Temi Otaniyi, a participant in the program, is...
Crown Clinics wins People's Choice Award

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sue Brugman, President of Crown Clinics, won the Dream Big Grow Here People’s Choice Award at EntreFEST in Iowa City last week. Hundreds of people...
Corridor launches Manufacturing 101

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is sponsoring Manufacturing 101: Learn to Earn, short courses designed for adults and 2014 high school graduates. There will...
Young Professionals Spotlight: Brad Jungers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

We are rockin’ and rollin’ on these spotlights, and they’re getting lots of good attention. So, thank you for all your “likes” and “shares” each...
Young Professionals Spotlight: Brad Veit

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Our first Young Professionals event took place last Friday..and it was a HIT! YPs came out of the woodwork for a chance to meet others...
Young Professionals Spotlight: Elissa Barrick

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Young Professionals, round 5. Do fights (or anything) go into the fifth round? My lack of boxing knowledge is just plain embarrassing. Thankfully, this series...
Corridor participates in BEST of Iowa interviews

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has begun its 2014 Business Expansion & Strategic Trends (BEST) of Iowa interviews, previously known in the Corridor as...
Young Professionals Spotlight: Amanda Doar

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It’s Wednesday; you know what that means – YP Spotlight time! As many of you heard, the Corridor has started a Young Professionals Spotlight series...
Young Professionals Spotlight: Studio.1328

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Young professionals in the Corridor region are on the rise. Being one of these individuals, myself, the Corridor believes it is important to highlight all...
Little Mavs Reaches its Six Month Milestone

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m beginning to wonder if we’ll ever get out of these freezing temperatures. On a warmer note, I had a wonderful discussion...
Internship Opportunities Galore!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Well, it’s about that time again…internship season. Students everywhere are beginning to look for and secure internships. We have some awesome services for everyone to...
Winter Blues? No Way!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Can you believe we only have a week left of January? I swear the older I get the faster time goes; I can’t imagine how...
Are YOU Prepared to Launch?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Are YOU prepared to launch? I’m guessing some of you are reading this with a very confused look on your face; rightfully so. Prepare to Launch,...
Polaris Industries 2013 Manufacturer of the Year

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

While the motorcycle market has struggled during the past half-decade, Polaris Industries has enjoyed unprecedented success, and by all accounts 2013 will be another banner...
Gift Guide: Numero 3

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cool Catz Pottery Studio Take it from me; this place rocks! I’ve made both my parents a masterpiece, if you will, throughout my time in college....
Made in the Corridor: Gift Guide

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

It’s round 2, ladies and gents… Sorry for not posting last week; I was a little under the weather. That being said, I hope all...
10 States Where Youth Rules 2013

Friday, November 08, 2013

by Richard Barrington  | Senior Financial Analyst, CFA     Where should a young person go today to make his or her fortune? With student loan burdens...
Get Involved with the Corridor

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Today’s post covers a topic that is near & dear to my heart. I know that to some of you, volunteering can come with loaded...
Updates! Dream Big Grow Here

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This post will be short, sweet & to the point. We have a few updates to share with you regarding our annual Dream Big Grow...
My JA Experience: One and Counting

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

When Brian Dalziel of the Iowa Lakes Corridor asked me to be a Junior Achievement volunteer this year, I probably looked at him very dazed...
Dream Big Grow Here Kicked-off September 8th

Monday, September 09, 2013

Dream Big Grow Here competition kicked-off September 8 SPENCER— The third annual Dream Big Grow Here (DBGH) competition kicked-off at this year’s Clay County Fair. Entrepreneurs...
Innovation Pavillion

Sunday, September 01, 2013

During the Clay County Fair, The World’s Greatest County Fair, located in Spencer, Iowa, the Corridor is sponsoring the Innovation Pavilion. The pavilion will host...
30 classrooms added to Junior Achievement program

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The 2013-2014 academic school year will be impacted with upcoming Junior Achievement (JA) sessions. JA is a volunteer-delivered, kindergarten–12th grade program that fosters work readiness,...
Corridor Gift Guide: 2013 Style

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This year’s Corridor Gift Guide will be taking a different form. What previously was printed and distributed each year will now be posted on our...
Vote Now!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

As many of you have heard/read/seen, what have you, the Iowa Lakes Corridor’s annual Dream Big Grow Here competition is currently underway. For the last...
5 Tips to Landing a Job in the Corridor Region

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Thinking about working in the Corridor Region? Job searching, resume-building, interviewing – whatever it may be, it’s probably scary to you no matter how familiar...
The Fair is Over; Now What?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Fair is Over: Now What? Now that the fair has come to an end, what do we do now? As much I as hate to admit...
Innovation Pavilion, Round 2

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Clay County Fair is underway! Which means the Innovation Pavilion is a movin’ and a shakin’. This is the Corridor’s second year sponsoring this event &...
A Frightening Future

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

As a recent graduate, the world of economic development meant something very simple to me; develop the economy (for lack of better words), in whatever...
Hello, Corridor Region - I'm Alexa

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

      Hello, everyone! My name is Alexa Guessford, and I am the new Communications & Events Coordinator at the Iowa Lakes Corridor.  Chances are, you’ve...


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