This Week in the Corridor
Showcasing Economic Development Partners
Economic development does not depend on economic developers.

First and foremost, economic development depends on business. Businesses create jobs. Businesses build wealth. Businesses shape the future.

Then there are the dozens of organizations, from city councils and boards of supervisors, to state agencies, utility providers, and schools and colleges, that fulfill specific and vital individual responsibilities for the benefit of prospect companies while somehow working in collaboration.

The Corridor’s job begins—and in some cases ends—with that word, “collaboration.” We are a hub, a connector, a facilitator. We link businesses with service providers.

Those service providers deserve regular acknowledgment and appreciation, so our intention is to use this newsletter over the next couple of weeks for a series of very short articles about some of the lesser-known playmakers in economic development.

We’ll start next Thursday with the Iowa Area Development Group, a statewide organization that has brought millions of dollars into our region. From there, who knows where we might go? USDA, SBDC, IEDA. We could cover the entire alphabet.

Our hope is that in informing Corridor stakeholders of the many talented men and women working on your behalf at the national, state and local level will also serve as a reminder that each of us has a role to play in helping Northwest Iowa grow.

With that in mind, we should amend the first sentence of this article: Economic development DOES depend on economic developers—and that means you.

Iowa Economic Development Authority:
Winter 2020 International Update
The rules of importing and exporting can be intimidating, even overwhelming, but there's help for your company. The Iowa Economic Development Authority has many resources for international trade. Check out their Winter 2020 newsletter for more information on the following resources and more!

The Iowa Student Internship Program for small- and medium-sized companies in bioscience, advanced manufacturing or information technology supports internship programs with the goal of transitioning interns to full-time employment in Iowa upon graduation.

International Commercial Terms (Incoterms®) 2020 have now gone into effect. These rules serve as a guide to individuals and businesses participating in the import and export of global trade daily.

Some upcoming events include a Foreign Trade Challenges and Opportunities luncheon on January 6th in Rock Valley, a Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Mission in April and May, a Trade Mission to Thailand and Myanmar in June, and a Trade Mission to Australia and New Zealand in October.
Does your company hire summer interns? We want to know!
The Corridor is compiling a list on internships available throughout the summer to publish and assist those looking to improve their skills and gain workplace experience. If you have internships you're looking to fill, please send an email to Alyssa Petersen at apetersen@lakescorridor.com!
Featured Real Estate
Site: Estherville South Industrial Park
Opportunity Zone Eligible
Location: 9th Ave. S.
Estherville, IA 51334

42 acres

Sale Price: Negotiable

For more information visit the Corridor website!
This Week in the Corridor
$50,000 awarded to the Iowa Project Brewing Company
The Iowa Project Brewing Company received $50,000 from the Retail Kickstarter Program in Spencer on Monday. Corridor Senior Vice President Brian Dalziel joined other partners of the Retail Kickstarter program for the award presentation.

Learn more about the award.
Rehnstrom welcomed as new owner at Campbell, Higgins & Mummert
Kyle Rehnstrom is joining ownership at Campbell, Higgins & Mummert after being a CPA on the organization's team for over nine years. An open house in honor of Rehnstrom will be held at the Campbell, Higgins & Mummert office from 2-4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 3.

This month, Jason Vulk will be presenting Building the Modern Longbow.

The meetup will be held at the new TechKnow location:
601 1st Ave W.
Spencer, IA 51301
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!
A&M Services, Inc.
Sector: Business Services/Other
Location: Spencer
Description: A&M Services, Inc. has been exceeding the needs of its customers for over 85 years. They are a full-service professional launderer and offer a complete selection of textile rental items in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota.
Advanced Network Professionals
Sector: Business Services/Other
Location: Spencer
Description: Advanced Network Professionals is a full-services technology partner who offers a tailored approach to Technology Consulting, seamless Managed IT Services and scalable Cloud-Based Solutions needed to thrive in the new era of innovation.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking: lakescorridor.com

See current job openings here.
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