This Week in the Corridor
Corridor programs featured in Economic Development podcast Develop This!
Develop This! podcast co-hosts Dennis Fraise and Jason Hutcheson visited Spencer last month to keynote the Corridor's Business Recognition Luncheon on November 13th. While visiting the Corridor Region, they recorded three podcasts about some of the great things happening in the Iowa Lakes Corridor like Community Placemaking, Get A Lakes Life and the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute.

Develop This!  is published multiple times a week to explore topics related to transformational community leadership including economic development, non-profit engagement, organizational management and policy development. It's a candid conversation with professionals in the economic development realm and inspiring interviews with today's thought leaders.

Dalziel participates in Rural Angel Investing video series
Corridor Senior Vice President Brian Dalziel was featured in an installment for Iowa State University's Strategies for Rural Angel Investing video series.
The video series is designed to create awareness of the many networks in Iowa interested in agricultural technology and rural innovation ventures. In the fifth video of the series, Dalziel talks Early Stage Equity, focusing on the Iowa Lakes Corridor Angel Fund and Network.

Featured Real Estate
Site: Boji Business Park
Commercial, Office
Location: 1003 23rd St.
Milford, IA 51351
Up to 12,000 sq ft available
Lease Rate: $10/sq ft

For more information visit the Corridor website!
News to Know
Building better education: Spirit Lake robotics course meshes with world-wide competition
A robotics course at Spirit Lake High School is teaching students and giving them a chance to be a part of international competitions. Team Terminator participates in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics competitions each year. The local team was the highest ranked rookie seed when they started in 2015, and they've received multiple awards over the years.

Read more about Team Terminator and robotics in our local schools.
Multiple Northwest Iowa organizations receive Wellmark matching grants
The Wellmark Foundation gave matching grants for various projects throughout communities, including a few in Northwest Iowa. The City of Spencer received a small-match grant for $25,000 for pedestrian crossings to expand the Spencer Safe Routes to School. Earlier this year, Wellmark provided large-match grants. The Dickinson County Trails Board received a $100,000 grant for the Jones Pasture Trail.

Learn more about these Wellmark grants.
Polaris Industries celebrates 25 years in Spirit Lake
The Spirit Lake facility of Polaris recently celebrated the 25th anniversary. The week of celebration featured special events, contests, socials, theme days, giveaways, and more.

Read more about the celebration.
Future Ready Iowa
DOC and IWD invite employers to learn about opportunities with hiring reentering citizens
The Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC) and Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) will host an Employer and Reentry Breakfast Roundtable at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City on December 12 at 8 a.m. Governor Reynolds will kick off the event.

The roundtable will feature presentations and discussions about recruiting and training practices, apprenticeship programs and incentives available to employers who hire returning citizens.

Register here if you are interested in attending. Contact Richelle Seitz with any questions.
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!
Will Kretsinger
Sector: Real Estate
Location: Okoboji
Description: Will Kretsinger, REALTOR ® of the Ingvall Real Estate Team has years of experience in service-oriented industries that have led him to believe there is nothing more important than pleasing customers and clients. That is the cornerstone of business: Trust. He is honest and forthright in his reputation of clients and places their interest above all else. Will's reputation and knowledge set him apart from the competition.
Williams & Company, P.C.
Sector: Financial & Insurance Services
Location: Spencer
Description: Williams & Company, P.C. is the successor to an organization founded in 1929 by Charles A. Williams, CPA. The firm has grown into one of the leading regional firms in the Midwest, with clientele throughout the U.S.
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