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This Week in the Corridor
BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation will join the Iowa Economic Development Authority next week in Des Moines at one of the world's largest biotechnology show.
BIO, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, takes over the capitol city from Monday to Thursday, bringing together leaders in areas such as crop technology, synthetic biology, advanced biofuels, biobased renewables, renewable chemicals and food ingredients.
CEO Kiley Miller will represent the Corridor.
"Iowa really is the heartland of biotechnology so it makes sense to bring BIO to the state," Miller said. "The Corridor will be there to share with attendees the reasons why the Lakes of Northwest Iowa are a profitable place for innovation."
Miller will be among several economic development professionals across the state helping to staff an IEDA trade show booth.
"As we've explained in the past, it makes sense to partner with statewide organizations at trade shows," he said. "The State of Iowa has a well-known and impactful brand and we'll coattail on that brand whenever we can." 

Learn more about the programming covering the latest in Agricultural Crop Technologies, Industrial Biotech and Biomass Supply.
Intern Spotlight: 
Luke Thompson

Luke Thompson, a 2018 graduate of Okoboji High School, is a mechanical engineer intern for the summer at 966 Industries located in Milford. He just finished up his first year at South Dakota State University where he studies mechanical engineering.
966 Industries is a new and quickly growing manufacturing and automation company, and they were originally not looking for an intern when Thompson approached the owner, Kevin Frodermann. "I asked a family friend of ours who works there if they were looking for any interns, and he referred me to Kevin and said I should just ask and see what happens." This tip proved fruitful for Thompson, as the company created a full-time summer internship position specifically for him.
Read more about Thompson's days spent working with 3-D printers and his amazing internship experience  here!

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Featured Real Estate

Site: Shaw's of Okoboji
Industrial, Commercial
Location: 1796 US-71 
                 Okoboji, IA 51355
15,500 sf. with 16 ft. ceiling
Sale Price: 

For more information, visit  the Corridor website!
News to Know
Buena Vista Trails Advisory Council Ribbon Cutting

The Buena Vista Trails Advisory Council is happy to announce the completion of the first phase of sign installation on the county-wide trail system. This trail network connects every city in the county as well as several public areas in the county.
To celebrate this accomplishment, a ribbon-cutting will take place at the BV County Fairgrounds in Alta at 9:30am on Sunday July 7th.  This event is being held just ahead of a bike ride held in conjunction with the BV County Fair.
Read more about the event  here!

Pres. & CEO of NW Financial Corp. appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds to serve as Supt. of the Iowa Division of Banking
President and CEO of Northwest Financial Corporation Jeff Plagge has been appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds to serve as the Superintendent of the Iowa Division of Banking. The position is pending confirmation by the Iowa Senate to be effective September 16th.

Learn more about the appointment.

Heitman conducting Underwater Archaeology in the Iowa Great Lakes

A University of Iowa graduate is conducting Underwater Archaeology in the Iowa Great Lakes through the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. After consulting with the State Archaeologist to determine some sites at the Iowa Great Lakes to study, Heitman has been working in some shallow areas that may hold evidence of prehistoric habitation near the water.

Listen to the full interview.

Kayla Lyon Named First Female Director of the Iowa DNR

Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Kayla Lyon to take over as the director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on June 26. Lyon has previously worked on agricultural, environmental, and water quality policies. She is  replacing Bruce Trautman and will be the eighth director of the agency. 

Read the  article!

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 !
Meridian Manufacturing
Sector:  Manufacturing
Location: Storm Lake
Description: Meridian Manufacturing Inc. is all about solving industry issues with technology and a commitment to the highest quality. They help move and store commodities and design their products to make jobs easier and safer, while saving time and allowing customers to capture valuable market opportunities. Innovation and quality are top of mind for Meridian, and it is with this in mind they develop new products.
Sector: Insurance & Financial Services
Location: Storm Lake
Description As a recognized leader in the industry, MetaBank has been named among the top community banks and thrifts and the top-performing mid-sized banks in the nation. Though they receive attention across the United States for what they do, their focus is and always has been on their customers.

Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
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Job Title
Police Chief City of Storm Lake 6/28/2019
Mechanical Design Engineer Demco Products 7/2/2019
Purchasing Agent Demco Products 7/2/2019
Production Manager Demco Products 7/2/2019
County Youth Program Coordinator Clay County Ag Extension District 7/3/2019

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