This Week in the Corridor
Corridor board service an opportunity for positive influence
The Corridor is governed by a 16-person board, four representatives from each of our four counties. Who are these people and just what do they do?

The board sets the strategic direction for the organization, hires – and perhaps fires – the CEO, ensures sufficient resources are available to accomplish the mission, and serves as an advocate to the public.

The FY 2020 board is an all-start team drawn from manufacturing, banking, small business and public service. 

Four seats are reserved for elected officials, one from each county. That is a relatively recent change. This gives taxpayers direct influence on regional economic development.

Board terms are three years and members can serve no more than two consecutive terms. The chairmanship is a one-year commitment that rotates among the counties. Other officers include the treasurer, chair-elect and President & CEO.

Each April a nominating committee brings forward a slate of candidates to fill seats that will be vacant at the end of the fiscal year. The list is shared via this newsletter with members, who then have the opportunity to nominate additional candidates by petition. Once the ballot is set, it is sent to the full membership, more than 120 strong, by email.

Those are the mechanics, but, of course, it’s character that counts.
Board members must have curiosity, strategic vision, and the work ethic to stay engaged. Most importantly, they must have a sense of agency, a belief that outcomes are not inevitable and that it is possible to influence the economy here in Northwest Iowa for the better through the application of positive pressure in areas of need and opportunity. Workforce, housing, entrepreneurship, business growth: all are dynamic and therefore all are within the reach of intelligent leadership.

In the coming weeks, we will features short bios of every Corridor board member right here. If you know people with the the right stuff to join this team, please consider nominating them by petition later this spring. To learn more, call Kiley Miller, 319.537.1550.

Featured Real Estate
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Location: 4th Avenue West
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This Week in the Corridor
Spencer air service research continues
Over 2,000 people responded to the Air Choice One survey for input on passenger air service in Spencer. Spencer Mayor Kevin Robinson recently talked with KICD about next steps in the discussions about air service.

Lalone set to retire from SL United
After 16 years as the CEO of Storm Lake United, Gary Lalone has announced his retirement. While in his position, he has been a part of many changes including the merge of the Chamber of Commerce and the Storm Lake Area Development Corporation.
Congrats, Gary!

Read more about Lalone's work and retirement.
Coalition sets to take action in BV 'child care desert'
Business and community leaders met last Thursday in Storm Lake to learn more about the child care 'desert' in Buena Vista County. The group came together to discuss solutions to the problem.

Learn more about child care in Storm Lake.
Spencer Hospital one of the nation's top community hospitals
For the fifth year in a row, Spencer Hospital has been recognized as a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital in the U.S. The top rural hospitals list is compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health and is based on the results of the iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength Index.

Read more about the designation.
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!
Sector: Individual
Location: Spencer
Description: Chris Bjornstad is a partner at Cornwall, Avery, Bjornstad & Scott. The breadth of the practice ranges from personal injury and business litigation to real estate, trusts and estates. Each client is served fairly, listened to, understood, and provided an educated assessment of resolving the issue.
Christensen Construction Company
Sector: Engineering/Design & Construction
Location: Estherville
Description: Christensen Construction Company has operated in Estherville, northern Iowa and southern Minnesota for over 35 years. They continually invest in the equipment, people and technology necessary to stay on the leading edge of construction practice.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
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