This Week in the Corridor
The Corridor Real Estate Database needs your listings
There is a traditional standard of performance for economic development organizations: Be a “one-stop shop” for growing businesses.

This is the goal for our business retention and attraction programs at the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation. Want facts on the local marketplace? Call the Corridor. Need to know how much machinists get paid? Call the Corridor. Searching for an industrial building or sniffing up financial incentives? You should call the Corridor.

We don’t always have the answers, but we promise to find them. That’s what it means to be a one-stop shop; your problems stop at the Corridor door.

The system works because the partners in our four counties are pedal-to-the-floor-heading-into-the-turn committed to economic growth. We have city managers, clerks and public works directors willing to drop everything and run down a zoning question. Our local utilities must be tired of the Corridor calling up with capacity questions, but they always come back quickly with a yay or nay, usually a yay. And our educators know their programs, know their students and know how to communicate the value of both to business. When I hear the occasional street complaint that this area “doesn’t do enough” to bring in new jobs, I get angry and then I laugh, which is how I react to nonsense.

One responsibility that is entirely the Corridor’s (and the much-delayed objective of this column) is to maintain an online database of available commercial and industrial property. You’ll find it at The job is never complete, so every year we ask real estate professionals and property owners to contact the Corridor with their listings. Send them to I promise to get them up on the website within a week. A few will be featured in this newsletter. More importantly, the properties will be top of mind for our team as we meet with business people.

And if your company is in need of a new lot or building, check out the Corridor website. Then, of course, give us a call. We promise you can do all your shopping in just one … well, you get the point.

Corridor staff has decided to postpone the 11th Annual Business Recognition Luncheon to spring or early summer.

In place of the luncheon, we will host a quarterly meeting, so stay tuned for more information on that event coming up soon!
Featured Real Estate
Buena Vista County Office Space

Location: 202 W. 7th St.
Alta, IA 51002

Sale Price: $167,000

Square Feet: 8,832

For more information visit the Corridor website!
Around the Corridor
BVU named a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report

Buena Vista University is currently ranked #3 for the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Value Schools Among Regional Universities in the Midwest. The ranking accounts for financial aid, placement success rate, and other factors.

Read more about the ranking.
People for Pets remodeling effort supported through grant

One of the recipients of this year's Clay County Community Foundation grants, People for Pets plans to use the funds to remodel. The remodel includes new kennels, wider walkways between kennels.

Learn more about the grant and People for Pets.
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!
Midstates Builders
Sector: Engineering, Design & Construction
Location: Spencer
Description: Midstates Builders, Inc. is uniquely qualified to handle a large variety of construction projects. For bank references, insurance, bonding limits and overall capabilities, please contact them. They are happy to provide all relevant information regarding the company's level of experience & financial strength.
Midwestern Mechanical
Sector: Engineering, Design & Construction
Location: Spencer
Description: Midwestern Mechanical is a plumbing, heating, HVAC, and fire protection contracting firm with a solid reputation for providing superior craftsmanship, design and service in the four-state area. Midwestern Mechanical is a major force in the plumbing and heating industry, employing over 150 of the most qualified, experience people in the industry, many of whom have been with the company since its inception in 1983.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See current job openings here.
Job Title
Care Coordinator
Production Associate
Tax Preparer
Spencer Physical Therapy
MWI Components
MWI Components

H&R Block of Estherville

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