This Week in the Corridor
Business Attraction & Expansion Results
FY 2017-2020
Ribbon cuttings make the headlines, but behind the scenes, the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is working each and every day with local and prospect businesses on dozens of projects both large and small.

Over the past four years, the Corridor was able to close 41 deals that together created more than 540+ jobs in the region. For additional results, see the graphic to the right.

What, you ask, is a project? They range from the very simple, like helping a manufacturer find some short-term warehouse space, to complex recruitment pushes involving real estate acquisition, financial incentives, public relations and workforce development.

No two deals are the same, but the Corridor approach never varies: We believe that every business deserves unwavering customer service and every project demands relentless attention to detail.

If you'd like to learn more about the Iowa Lakes Corridor and our business development efforts, please call Kiley Miller at 712.264.3474.
Featured Real Estate
Commercial Opportunities
Location: 422 First Avenue East
Spencer, IA 51301
8,200 sq. ft.

Sale Price: $325,000

For more information visit the Corridor website!
Location: 331 11th Street
Spencer, IA 51301
3,306 sq.ft.

Sale Price: $250,000

For more information visit the Corridor website!
Around the Corridor
Enhance Iowa Board awards more than $3.7 million in CAT grants to 12 communities

The Enhance Iowa Board awarded over $3.7 million in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to projects across Iowa. Estherville was awarded $250,000 for the Estherville Municipal Swimming Pool Project.

Read more about the grant.
Iowa Nice: 400 pounds of pork sandwiches bound for hungry Cedar Rapids from Storm Lake

A Storm Lake resident took it upon himself to bring together multiple friends and companies from the Storm Lake area to provide 400 pounds of pork sandwiches to take to Cedar Rapids and assist those affected by the Derecho.

Learn more about this display of "Iowa Nice."
Spencer High School's Registered Apprenticeship Program

Spencer High School has worked hard with local employers to become a Registered Apprenticeship Program High School. This fall, two high school apprentices will be working at Mill Creek Machining.
Governor Reynolds announces $5 million for Employer Innovation Fund grants to upskill Iowa's workforce

Grant applications open today to provide funding opportunities for employers, employer consortiums, community organizations and nonprofits, to provide training, books, tools and wrap-around support for Iowans engaged in training programs in high-demand careers. This grant program has a focus on Iowan's whose jobs have been affected or eliminated because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about the grant program.
Dale Carnegie Course - Skills for Success

Who should attend: Professionals at all levels who wish to optimize their
                                      performance, lead with conviction and positively
                                      affect the bottom line.

Location: Historic Roof Garden in Arnolds Park, IA

Date: October 7th, 2020 (runs 8 consecutive Wednesdays)

Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (have divided this into 2 session so we can practice social distancing to keep participants safe)

Cost: $1,995 per participant includes all materials

Contact: Michaela Tamisiea
               Dale Carnegie Strategic Consultant

Learn more about the course.
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!
John & Carole Lea Cotton - Cotton-Grave Farm Management
Sector: Business Services/Other
Location: Spencer
Description: Cotton-Grave Farm Management is a farm management, real estate, and appraisal bsuiness in Iowa Minnesota and South Dakota.
Kruse, Cate & Nelson, P.C.
Sector: Financial & Insurance Services
Location: Spencer
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See current job openings here.
Job Title
CNC Team Member
Harvest Seasonal Positions
Direct Support Professional
Job Coach
Machinist - Day Shift
Machinist - Night Shift
Employment Connections
MaxYield Cooperative
Employment Connections
Hope Haven
Hope Haven
Employment Connection
Employment Connection
Pure Fishing
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