Corridor announces 2022 Business Recognition Luncheon Speakers

25 Oct 2022

News Release, Blog, Awards and Recognition, Events

Alyssa Petersen
Coordinator of Administration & Communication, Iowa Lakes Corridor
Phone: 712.264.3474 ext. 13


The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (Corridor) is happy to announce Bruce Nuzum and Rand Fisher from the Iowa Area Development Group as this year’s Business Recognition Luncheon keynote speakers.

Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) is committed to providing consultation and assistance to help businesses and communities achieve their project development goals through services including available site and building identification, financial incentive packaging, marketing, community resource assessment, and other tools vital to development success.

Bruce Nuzum, President/CEO – Nuzum is the newly appointed President/CEO of IADG in Des Moines. He joined the organization in 1997, and prior to his appointment as CEO had primary responsibilities including project assistance through financial packaging. During his tenure at IADG, Nuzum has authored over 300 successful USDA Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant (REDL&G) applications securing $135 million for Iowa’s RECs, their communities and businesses. Almost $50 million of these awards were for the benefit of local revolving loan funds. Nuzum received his business degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and his M.B.A. from Drake University in Des Moines. He serves as Past President of the National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA). He is also a past president of the Professional Developers of Iowa and a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

Rand Fisher, Retired & Past President – Fisher retired from IADG in January 2022 after 25 years as the President. During his tenure, IADG supported 1,756 projects totaling $9.25 billion in investment and created or retained 40,000 jobs. In addition, 358 awards were secured through the USDA REDL&G program totaling more than $159 million in project support across Iowa. Partnerships are the bedrock of economic development, and Fisher has been a part of creating many important partnerships to support business development and community vitality. Fisher has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Iowa and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Luther College in Decorah. Active in state and community affairs, he served as Executive Assistant to the Governor for five years and as the primary aide for Intergovernmental Affairs and was the Governor’s representative to the National Governor’s Association and the Midwestern Governor’s Association. Fisher also served on Governor’s task forces on insurance recruitment, rural health care and high technology. He was the Governor’s Representative to the City Finance Committee and is the former Chairperson of the Iowa Rural Development Council.

“The Business Recognition event will focus on excellence in the region as we recognize our award winners, and the Iowa Area Development Group has been a part of our region’s success for years,” said Corridor President and CEO Shannon Landauer. “We look forward to hearing from both Rand and Bruce about the long-time relationship with the Corridor, the importance of regionalism and partnerships as it relates to success in economic development, and the future of Iowa Area Development Group with the leadership transition. It will be a great day of celebration of the accomplishments of this region!”

The Business Recognition Luncheon will be held at the Clay County Regional Events Center on November 16 from 11:30-1:30. To RSVP, please contact Alyssa Petersen at 712-264-3474 by Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

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About the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. Its mission is to foster, encourage, aid, promote or otherwise assist in the economic growth and development of the region. For more information about the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, call 712-264-3474 or visit

About Iowa Area Development Group (IADG)

IADG is the business and community development leader for Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies. Since 1985, the partnerships and economic development efforts of IADG and their sponsors have assisted with more than 2,250 projects, generating in excess of $13.2 billion of capital investment and over 54,500 new or retained jobs for Iowa.