This Week in the Corridor
Childcare challenge and opportunity
Let’s hear it for the caregivers. Particularly, childcare.

As the economy across the country and here in the Iowa Lakes Corridor region continues to bubble and boil, one limiting factor to growth is the availability of childcare. We’re not saying anything here that the parents of two toddlers don’t already know, but it can be hard to find a place to leave little Timmy and Susie when you’re headed off to work.

That’s why it was so good to learn that Storm Lake United would host a series of childcare dialogues with community leaders, including one today. These conversations will help define the scope of the problem, identify impediments to childcare availability, and envision solutions.

Our region is blessed with several great childcare facilities, both for- and nonprofit, and many already have an impulse for growth. The Corridor has in the last few months talked with at least three current and one prospective provider interested in adding slots for more kids.

As a region, we can help by lobbying policymakers for regulations that are limited and practical. Employers should also explore flexible scheduling systems that align whenever possible with daycare hours. Finally, when the costs of operation for daycare providers become too great for the market, it’s time to talk about creative financing solutions.

The team at the Corridor will continue to assist current and prospective providers with everything from business planning to site selection. Children are our greatest resource, and the loving women and men who care for them deserve any assistance we can offer.

To learn more about childcare in Iowa, check out the recent study from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Iowa ABI.
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Featured Real Estate
Site: 4th Avenue West

Location: 4th Avenue West
Spencer, IA 51301
11 acres

Sale Price: $390,000
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This Week in the Corridor
Lakes Regional Healthcare rated as five-star hospital by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare website reports on quality measures nationwide. Lakes Regional Healthcare was recently rated as a five-star hospital by the site based on a variety of measures.

Read more about the rating.
Iowa Tourism organizations, individuals receive awards at 2020 conference
The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 26 awards to recognize excellence in the tourism industry in Iowa. The Dickinson County Conservation website won in the Rural category of Outstanding Website.

Read about the winners.
Officials move into new Spencer City Hall
Monday was the official first day for Spencer city officials in the new Spencer City Hall. The fresh new look brings along a few changes, including new security measures and a new layout.

Learn more about the new city hall.
Top 25 occupations by number of openings across Iowa
The Labor Market Information Division of Iowa Workforce Development has released a recent list of the top 25 occupations with openings across the state. Coming in at the top five: Registered Nurses, Retail Salespersons, Customer Service Representatives, Nursing Assistants, and First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers.

For more labor market information, check out the Iowa Workforce Development website!
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!
Campbell, Higgins & Mummert, P.C.
Sector: Financial & Insurance Services
Location: Spencer
Description: Campbell, Higgins & Mummert, P.C. has been established for over 50 years and is located in Spencer, Iowa. They are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants and of the Private Companies Practice Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Central Bank
Sector: Financial & Insurance Services
Location: Storm Lake
Description: Make It Happen. That is the nature of being a part of Central Bank. The small-town roots and dedication to the communities they serve push them to help their customers and communities to accomplish great things. They are family-owned and decisions are made locally.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
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See current job openings here.
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Human Resources Specialist
Structural Engineer with PE
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