This Week in the Corridor
A thank you to our cities and counties
A humming downtown. New houses. Smooth streets. Safe neighborhoods. Jobs, jobs, jobs.

Folks in rural Iowa demand a lot of our cities and counties, and we rarely say thank you. As we near the end of our series on vital economic development partners, let’s correct that offense.

Thank you for investing in the infrastructure to support growth. When spring finally gets here the backhoes, dump trucks and pavers will come out of hibernation across the Corridor. Businesses and residents alike will benefit from the results—improved water, sewer and roads. Without these projects, friction would cause our economy to seize.

Thank you for development-friendly tax policies. I read recently that Iowa’s combined state and federal income tax burden is the highest in the nation. That makes us appreciate all the more that local government officials take a reasoned approach to taxes, informed by the needs both to constrain collections and to provide high-quality services. Do they sometimes err in one direction or the other? Of course, but their general success is remarkable, particularly given frequent interference from Des Moines.

Thank you for a get-to-yes approach to business. In any one year, the Corridor will work on a dozen or so manufacturing projects and assist more than 20 early-stage ventures. There is only one response we get when we approach cities and counties on behalf of these companies: How can we help? Whether businesses are looking for real estate, need answers on permitting and utilities, or simply want to understand the trajectory and growth of the community, city and county staff members act quickly, courteously and effectively. Never does our economic development team worry about government inefficiency or opposition. On the contrary, we count local government among our competitive advantages.

Thank you for employing financial incentives when necessary. Right or wrong, incentives are the way the game is played. Local companies appreciate them, nationals and internationals demand them. In the Corridor, local leaders sell our strengths: Great workers, low costs, strategic location. But when the time comes, they use targeted incentives to bring a deal home. The result has been thousands of jobs.

Let’s wrap this up with a final shout-out to all the great men and women patrolling the streets, balancing the budgets, driving the snowplows, and performing a thousand other essential government functions.

Thank you for making the Corridor such a great place to live and work.

Air Choice One is looking for input to determine the wants and needs of our community.

Help determine the future of commercial air service in Spencer by taking this survey by  Monday, February 24.

Hiring interns this summer?
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The Corridor is also compiling a list of 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!
Featured Real Estate
Site: Spirit Lake Shell Building

Location: 540 5th St. E.
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
30,000 SF

Sale Price: $799,000

For more information visit the Corridor website!
This Week in the Corridor
Corridor participates in BEST of Iowa interviews
Each year the Corridor participates in the Business Expansion & Strategic Trends (BEST) of Iowa interviews. This strategic partnership between economic development organizations and utility companies throughout Iowa provides a statewide existing business strategy.

Learn more about the interviews.
Iowa Lakes to host annual job fairs
Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) will hold two job fairs for both Iowa Lakes students and public job seekers. Information for job seekers can be found through the ILCC Career Resource Center.
March 4, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Emmetsburg Campus Cafeteria
March 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Estherville Campus Cafeteria
March 5, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Estherville SERT Building

Read more about the job fairs.
BozWellz founder thankful for career steeped in service
A Buena Vista University graduate has been recognized as one of '40 Women to Watch in Hospitality.' Cindy Bosley started BozWellz just two months after graduating from Buena Vista University and has been running the Storm Lake eatery for 25 years now.

Read more about Cindy Bosley and BozWellz.
More recent headlines:
Two local publications have recently been awarded the General Excellence Award. Check out the honors received by the Pilot-Tribune and the Dickinson County News.
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!
Blink Marketing
Sector: Business Services/Other
Location: Milford
Description: Blink Marketing, Inc. is a full-service marketing agency. They are a small team with big ideas. For businesses who do not have a marketing department, they serve as an out-sourced marketing team. They do graphic design, websites, branding, social media, research, planning and events.
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Sector: Business Services/Other
Location: Spencer
Description: Bolton & Menk, Inc. specializes in providing public infrastructure solutions. They take care of clients by providing the best services and solutions for them. With 16 office locations throughout the Upper Midwest, and a team made up of over 400 employees, they're Real People offering Real Solutions.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See current job openings here.
Job Title
Website Designer/Developer
Summer Adventure Club
Water Treatment Plant
Bonfire Marketing & Web
Bedell Family YMCA

Central Water System

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