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This Week in the Corridor
Working together works
A few years back, I discovered leadership coach Patrick Lencioni’s best-known book, “Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” Lencioni writes so-called business fables. They’re bright and breezy, perfect for someone like me who has the concentration of a hummingbird on TikTok.

They’re also insightful, but I have to admit to some initial skepticism about Lencioni’s first dysfunction: Trust.

Trust is squishy and nebulous, business is about numbers. Trust is a feeling, business is concrete.

Time has taught me, though, that Lencioni is right; trust is the foundation of team success. With trust, team members ask for help, they venture ideas, they call each other to task. Without trust, they’re not team members. They’re associates.

This was brought home to me again this week when one of our communities hosted an industrial development prospect. Normally, I consider myself chief sales dude. I prepare the materials. I handle the welcome. I make the first pitch.

But after testing positive for COVID-19 (anybody who says this illness is ‘no big deal’ has never taken a bite of pizza and tasted sawdust), I was relegated to the bench. Others would have to take the lead.

Down at the Corridor offices, Joanne Follon had already helped gather the critical data. Alyssa Petersen put everything together. Then our partners, utility reps and city officials, took over. While I was at home petting the dog, they were proving to the prospect company that the Corridor region is one of the best places to operate in the Upper Midwest.

They, of course, nailed it, and I never doubted they would. Partially that’s because I’m expendable and know it. But it’s also because we have a collaborative approach to economic development in this region that creates—you guessed it—trust. Everyone involved believes in the best intentions of the others.

There’s an easy contrast to draw here with national politics, the realm of intentional and unrelenting distrust. Let’s focus instead on the positive. Yes, the Iowa Lakes Corridor region is beautiful. Yes, it is rich in resources. Yes, workers here are productive and loyal. But perhaps our greatest differentiator is our ability to work together.

Here’s to being functional.

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Featured Real Estate
Buena Vista County Office Space

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

Sale Price: $167,000

Square Feet: 8,832

For more information visit the Corridor website!
Around the Corridor
Lt. Gov. visits Estherville

The Corridor was happy to assist in connecting the Lt. Governor's office with local businesses to visit when in the region. Lt. Governor Adam Gregg visited the region last week as part of his county tour and Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In Estherville, he stopped by Heartland Team Solutions to discuss cybersecurity and options for individuals and businesses, and he talked with Corridor Board Member Edwin Waleh.

Read more about the visit.
Small to mid-size communities becoming talent magnets

Trends are showing that with more people able to work from home, they are looking to relocate from urban, high-density environments to the open, low-cost living of rural communities.

Learn more about how rural communities are attracting people.
GrapeTree Medical Staffing receives rankings from SIA

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) recently released the 2020 report on Largest Healthcare Staffing Firms in the United States. GrapeTree Medical Staffing, LLC was recognized on the list at #47. GrapeTree also was ranked #8 on the list of Largest Per Diem Nurse Staffing Firms in the U.S. and #21 on the Fastest-Growing U.S. Staffing Firms.

IowaWORKS hosting virtual events for National Apprenticeship Week and Veterans Day

IowaWORKS has three virtual events planned for next week to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and Veterans Day. There's a Lunch & Learn for Job Seekers, Lunch & Learn for Educators and Career Counselors, and a Career Fair for Veterans and their Spouses.
Click on the event you're interested for more details!
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!
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Sheldon
Description: Rosenboom is a leading producer of custom hydraulic cylinders. Rosenboom works with leading OEM’s in a wide variety of industries to engineer and craft custom cylinders for practically every application imaginable. Rosenboom is a family owned company since our founding in 1974 by Lary and Viv Rosenboom.
Sackett Law Firm
Sector: Business Services/Other
Location: Spirit Lake
Description: Barry Shaw Sackett and Associates offer clients a unique blend of business and real estate expertise.
With over 39 years of combined legal experience, they provide eminently practical advice on matters ranging from strategic business planning, television production and management, intellectual property, tax preparation, real estate, and probate.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See current job openings here.
Job Title
Accounting/Payroll Assistant
Sales Manager
General Maintenance
Level A or B Mechanic
Grain Elevator
West O Beer
Sievert's Furniture & Floors
S&R Auto and Tire, Inc.
MaxYield Cooperative
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