This Week in the Corridor
Resilient. The word sounds like what it means, the long middle syllable stretched to the hard edges like a trampoline mat or a balloon pulled over a bottle top. To be resilient means to bounce back.

The Corridor is just one spring in the trampoline here in Northwest Iowa, generating a tiny amount of lift. Our job is to share timely and accurate information with businesses, government and nonprofits about available support programs and to maintain economic development services in anticipation of the inevitable recovery.

Regarding the former, we encourage you to monitor our social media feeds and use our Coronavirus info page: Other great resources are provided by the Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, and local chambers of commerce. And this just in: Tomorrow at 2 p.m., the City of Spencer will host a virtual townhall for business to update local government actions.

As for the latter, be of good cheer. We continue to hear from companies about future growth. The duration and impact of COVID-19 may be unknown, but planning ahead is a wellspring of strength.

Please let us know what special steps are underway at your shops, all the way from customer engagement to staffing reductions; you may just have the idea another business is looking for.

Remember to reach out to those in need. A quick phone call to the neighbor lady will comfort both you and her.

And finally, please support local businesses. Now is the time to show the barista and the grocer, the chef and the shoe salesman just how much we value them and their services. Keep your online shopping in the region. Take advantage of discounts. If you can afford it, buy gift certificates and tip a bit more than usual. Post it all on social media with the relevant hashtag(s): #SupportLocalBoji #supportlocal #together

Right now, we’re on the descent. The springs are stretching, the trampoline is coned down toward the ground, but never forget what comes next. Here’s to the ascent.
Featured Real Estate
Site: 4th Avenue West

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

Sale Price: $390,000
(in three parcels)

For more information visit the Corridor website!
This Week in the Corridor
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) needs to assess the impact of the pandemic in Iowa. To assist in these efforts, please complete this survey , developed by the UNI Institute for Decision making, to share what your business is experiencing and how your business is handling the current crisis. The information collected will be used to inform public policy in response to the crisis.The deadline is Monday, March 23rd at 5 p.m.
Members of the Spencer Area Business Community are invited to join in a discussion about how their businesses are being affected by the restrictions put in place in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Using the access information below, join in and listen to the moderators discuss questions and concerns posed by your fellow business owners in Spencer. All attendees will have their mics muted, but can type in your own comments and questions and they will be read in the order received. The conversation will be led by Mayor Robinson, City Manager Amanda Mack, Chamber Director Sheriffa Jones, Main Street Director Nancy Naeve and Iowa Lakes Corridor CEO Kiley Miller. At the end of the conversation, we will consolidate your questions and concerns, then reach out to our County and State partners to get answers.

Zoom Meeting Information:
Topic: Spencer Area Business Town Hall
Time: Mar 20, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 457 873 691
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Board of Directors
Thank you to these individuals committed to economic development in our region by being a part of the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Sean Sherrod
Polaris Industries, Dickinson County
"The Corridor benefits the four-county region directly in line with the mission to assist economic growth and development. These are practical, tangible outcomes that range from jobs to housing and beyond. What makes the Corridor uniquely positioned to do this work is the geographic scope and scale of work. The 100% dedicated, full-time, professional staff of the Corridor partner with area businesses and organizations – often, in multiple counties - to develop solutions that would not be possible otherwise. The work the Corridor does levels the balance to make the local benefits as strong as possible and share that message as broadly as possible."
Mike Porsch
City of Storm Lake, Buena Vista County
"Before I became a Board Member, I felt the Corridor was strictly an organization whose purpose was to recruit business and industrial opportunities for communities in the region. I've since come to the realization that it works for the communities of the region in a wide variety of ways: housing, workforce development and training, entrepreneurial development and others. I'm excited about a couple programs currently being developed. One is aiding our communities and businesses with the development of a business succession plan. The second is a program to help potential entrepreneurs start businesses. It's a video program, produced both in English and Spanish, aimed at helping them become successful."
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!
City of Arnolds Park
Sector: Cities & Counties
Description: Arnolds Park is known as the city of five lakes. Those lakes are West and East Lake Okoboji, Lake Minnewashta, and Upper and Lower Gar Lakes. At the end of the 19th Centurey, Arnolds Park was, as it is today, the anchor of the Iowa Great Lakes Region.
City of Estherville
Sector: Cities & Counties
Description: For those seeking the relaxed climate of a small town, Estherville is a town on the northwestern prairie just minutes from beautiful lakes, where community is the essential fifth natural element so your impact can be great, but life is sublimely simple.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See current job openings here.
Job Title
Street Division
City of Spencer
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