Catch up on this week's Corridor news.

This Week in the Corridor
Hosts of America's #1 economic development podcast to keynote Corridor Business Recognition Luncheon

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (Corridor) is happy to announce Dennis Fraise and Jason Hutcheson, hosts of the #1 iTunes economic development podcast  Develop This! , as this year's Business Recognition Luncheon keynote speakers.

The  Develop This!  podcast explores topics related to transformational community leadership in candid conversations with veterans of the economic development profession and inspiring interviews with other thought leaders.

Co-host Dennis Fraise - As President and CEO of the Lee County Economic Development Group, Dennis benefits from an eclectic professional background that includes owning a small business that generated more than $3 million in sales. He is a national award-winning marketing professional, public speaker and facilitator.

Co-host Jason Hutcheson - Jason has experience in the economic development industry that includes work with two different organizations in Southeast Iowa, most recently as the President & CEO of the Greater Burlington Partnership. During his tenure at the Partnership, Jason played a key role in securing over $300 million in private capital investment and facilitating job creation projects totaling nearly 2,000 jobs.

"As the hosts of the nation's #1 podcast by and for economic development professionals, Jason and Dennis have talked to some of the most successful economic development professionals across the country," says Corridor President and CEO Kiley Miller. "They have a deep understanding of the innovative ways that communities are creating growth through business recruitment, retention, entrepreneurship and workforce development."

The Business Recognition Luncheon will be held at the Clay County Regional Events Center on November 13 from 11:30-1:30. To RSVP, please contact Alyssa Petersen at 712-264-3474 by Friday, November 1.

Future Ready Iowa Employer Summit
The Iowa Lakes Corridor and Spencer Municipal Utilities sponsored this morning's Clay County Future Ready Iowa Employer Summit at the Clay County Regional Events Center. Business and community members heard from state organizations and local businesses to learn about ways to skill up the workforce in the region. Topics included apprenticeships, work-based learning, underutilized populations and upskilling the current workforce.

There are many resources from this summit available on the Corridor website.
Read more about the summit or Future Ready Iowa.
Business Recognition Nominations

Help us recognize some of the big accomplishments of the year!

We are currently accepting nominations for our 10th Annual Business Recognition Luncheon to be held on November 13th. The award categories are Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year.

Click here for the nomination forms and a list of past winners!

Featured Real  Estate

Site: Formerly SPM Gaskets
Industrial, Warehouse & Dist.
Location: 618 10th Ave. E.
Spencer, IA 51301
30,000 sf.
Sale Price: 

For more information, visit  the Corridor website!
News to Know
Wyman's Spudnuts recognized for best donut in Iowa

Big 7 Travel picked the best donut from every state and featured them in a recent web article. Wyman's Spudnuts made the list as the best donut shop in the state.

Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association names new director

David Strohman has accepted the executive director position for the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association. Strohman previously served as managing partner for Executive Technologies in Sioux City. He will oversee both the IRRMA as well as the Hall of Fame and Museum.

Learn more about David Strohman.

Central Bank to open Central Mortgage in Okoboji

Central Bank is expanding services and opening Central Mortgage in Okoboji. The lending office will assist new and current customers with home financing products and services.

Read about the new office.

Investor Spotlight
Each week, we want to feature and thank the businesses and individuals that have committed to economic development and growth in our communities. To learn more about these investors and others, visit our Business Directory !
SPM Gaskets
Sector:  Manufacturing
Location: Spencer
Description: SPM Gaskets, LLC manufactures all types of gaskets for use in internal combustion engines, hydraulic and fluid transfer systems for automotive, marine, heavy duty, industrial and agricultural markets.

State Bank
Sector: Financial & Insurance Services
Location: Spencer
Description : Over the years, State Bank has built a solid tradition of providing personal service and local decision-making. The bank's commitment to provide quality financial products and services has kept them in tune with the current needs of customers.

Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See more current job openings here.

Job Title Employer Date
Graphic Design & Marketing Specialist Parks Marina 10/16/2019
Broadband Technician Milford Communications LLC 10/16/2019

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