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This Week in the Corridor
Veterans Day and the battle for equity
Would a true friend recommend a book that leaves you crying?

A few months ago, Mike McKim, Plant Manager at Safco in Milford and a member of the Corridor board of directors, suggested I check out Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship & Sacrifice, by Adam Makos. Mike had read something I wrote for this newsletter and knew I was interested in military history. What he probably didn’t know is that I’m a softie and would weep through the final chapters.

Devotion tells the story of Ensign Jesse Brown, the son of a Mississippi sharecropper who became one of the Navy’s first black aviators, and his friend and fellow pilot, Lt. Tom Hudner, a wealthy New Englander. Brown and Hudner flew together from the carrier USS Leyte in the early months of the Korean War. When one is shot down, the other risks everything—injury, court martial, death—in a rescue attempt.

It is a perfect book for Veterans Day, inviting us to remember humbly and prayerfully the sacrifices of our nation’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

But, in truth, honoring the past costs us nothing. What is hard is changing the future. Brown was so determined to be a fighter pilot that he withstood crushing racism both in and outside the military. He and his wife were once spat on by a group of white men while walking the street. His question afterward: How could those men disrespect the Navy uniform like that?

They should not have, nor should we disrespect the progress achieved by men like Brown and Hudner by ceasing to fight for a more equitable country. A recent report from Citigroup estimated that the US could have generated an extra $16 trillion over the past 20 years had we managed somehow to close the racial wealth gap. $16 trillion. That is the equivalent of an extra nine months of GDP.

Here in Iowa, where Brown actually completed a portion of his flight training, the median household income for whites and Asians is a third greater than for Hispanics and nearly double that of blacks. We do better in the Iowa Lakes Corridor, but a gap exists, nonetheless.

There is an obvious economic advantage to lifting the lowest earners among us, regardless of race. When our neighbors become wealthier, we benefit. Their spending generates jobs, tax revenue and competition. All of that is to the good.

What matters more to me, though, is the memory of Ensign Jesse Brown and Lt. Tom Hudner, whose courage, selflessness and, yes, devotion, moves me to tears.
Congratulations to Cora Vander Broek, daughter of Storm Lake resident Di Daniels, for being nominated for a Tony Award, the highest honor in American theatre. Vander Broek was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role for her portrayal of the character Jules in the play, “Linda Vista.”

Folks in Storm Lake should find it pretty easy to brag these days. First Art Cullen, editor of the Storm Lake Times, took home a Pulitzer Prize. Then the NBA’s Indiana Pacers selected Storm Lake High School and BVU alum Nate Bjorkgren as head coach. Now the good news about Vander Broek, who, although she grew up in Orange City and Honduras, at least qualifies as an adopted daughter of Storm Lake. 

That’s a lot of talent along the lakeshore. 
Petersen earns Human Relations Award
Corridor Coordinator of Administration and Communication Alyssa Petersen recently won a Human Relations Award from Dale Carnegie Training. Petersen has been taking the course over the last few weeks learning about leadership, managing stress, and engaging with people.
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Featured Real Estate
Buena Vista County Office Space

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

Sale Price: $167,000

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Around the Corridor
BVRMC wins Guardian of Excellence Award

The Buena Vista Regional Medical Center recently received the 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award. The award recognizes top-performing health care organizations in the 95th percentile or above for their performance in Patient Experience.

Vermeer Glass Art Studio & Gallery opens on Grand November 19th

Spencer is welcoming Vermeer Glass Art - Studio & Gallery to Grand Avenue, opening November 19th. Retiring here, Jim & Julie Vermeer have been creating kiln-formed glass for 17 years and shown it around the Midwest. Now that they are settling in the Corridor, they plan to teach classes, have DIY events and parties, and open studio for those wanting to create their own glass pieces.

Ribbon cutting held on East Lake Park in Okoboji

The East Lake Park project in Okoboji had a ribbon cutting last week. The project was a joint effort between Imagine Iowa Great Lakes, the City of Okoboji, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the 17 Oaks Condominium Association.

Read more about the park.
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!
Safco Products
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Milford
Description: Mayline® and Safco®: Together, stronger than ever, and ready to enhance workspaces one piece of office furniture at a time, because they care about how and where people work. They have a combined 125 years of industry knowledge, and they are joining forces to bring even more mid-market, workspace product innovations to the commercial furniture industry.
SATERN® Barrels
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Estherville
Description: SATERN® proudly manufactures premium rifle barrels and shooting accessories for the shooting community.
From their single point cut rifled SATERN® line to the button rifled LIBERTY BARRELS® line, SATERN® Static Free Powder funnels to muzzle breaks, you'll see exceptional quality.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
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