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This Week in the Corridor
Creating an Inclusive Corridor

This was a busy week in the Iowa Lakes Corridor!  On Tuesday evening, the community came together for a screening of "Do We Belong?" at the Spencer Community Theater. A panel and community discussion followed the short documentary about a tragic hate crime against an Indian immigrant in Olathe, Kansas.

On the panel were Jay Dahlhauser, a Youth Advocate & Operations Director at The Bridge of Storm Lake; Sunayana Dumala, a Database Developer at Intouch B2D, founder of Forever Welcome and subject of the documentary "Do We Belong?"; Tina Shaw, an Executive Officer in the Iowa Department of Human Rights, Office of Asian Pacific Islander Affairs; and Francesca Yu, an employee of Spencer Hospital. Sarika Bhakta, President of Nikeya Diversity Consulting moderated the community conversation.

Panelists and facilitators for Tuesday evening's "Do We Belong?" documentary screening and community conversation.
Front Row (L to R): Sarika Bahkta, Sunayana Dumala, Francesca Yu, Back Row: Karl Cassell, Kiley Miller, Jay Dahlhauser, Tina Shaw, Anthony Arrington, Nick Ford

On Wednesday, over 50 business and community leaders from across the region joined the Corridor at Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer to learn more about diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement in two workshops facilitated by Sarika Bahkta of Nikeya Diversity Consulting and Anthony Arrington, Karl Cassell and Nick Ford of Top RANK Professional and Executive Recruiting Firm.

The morning session focused on defining diversity, how it benefits companies and communities and the importance of equity, inclusion and engagement to work alongside diversity. The afternoon session discussed how to better understand coworkers and those in the community that come from a different background or culture. The training brought up many meaningful and applicable topics that can be used to move forward in becoming a more welcoming community for everyone.

"We were very excited about the attendance and the high-quality and value of the training," Corridor President and CEO Kiley Miller said. "This is not the end. Diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement is a journey and the Corridor is just getting started."

The Corridor would like to extend another thank you to our sponsors and hosts: the City of Spencer, Clay County and Demco Products, the Spencer Community Theatre and Iowa Lakes Community College.

Sarika Bahkta leads attendees in an activity to learn about high- and low-context cultures.

To read more about the two events, click here  or here!
News to Know
Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Reopens in Brand New Space

The Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame has reopened in the building that is also home to the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum in Arnolds Park. This new location s howcases the hundreds of inductees in a beautiful new space and includes an interactive exhibit as well as memorabilia from past Roof Garden performers.

Read the  article!

Governor Reynolds announces Future Ready Iowa Funding

Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced $16 million in new funding for the Future Ready Iowa initiative thanks to a generous appropriation by the Iowa Legislature. Most of the funding is for the Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship, Future Ready Iowa Grant and Iowa Employer Innovation Fund. These opportunities will help more Iowans get the education and training beyond high school required for high-demand jobs in a dynamic, technology-driven economy.

See more about the initiative  here!

Raise a Glass

Century Farms Distillery of Spencer is set to offer up craft whiskey and vodka, and locals are anxious for this business to open their doors. This summer they plan to give tours, samples, and their vodka and merchandise will be for sale. 

Read more about the distillery and its owners  here!

Ribbon Cutting/Dedication to be held Saturday (6/15) in Spencer for Iowa Great Lakes Trail Project

The Wright Pavilion/Iowa Great Lakes Trails project is holding a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at North School Park at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday. Representatives from the Clay County Heritage Center and the Clay County Trails Association will be presenting history and remarks about the park and trails system. A fun walk/run/bike event will follow the ceremony.

Learn more about the event.
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 !
Jacobson Broadcasting Company, Inc
Sector:  Communications & Utilities
Location: Estherville
Description: Jacobson Broadcasting Company, Inc. is an AM and FM radio station, whose mission is to serve the public with great local programming and top drawer advertising.

JCL Solutions
Sector: Business Services
Location:  Spencer
Description : JCL Solutions is your supplier for Janitorial Supplies, Chemicals, and Equipment, and they specialize in helping you optimize your supply chain. They have offices in Spencer, IA and Sioux Falls, SD, each with several years of experience under their belt to assist you to get the job done. 

Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See more current job openings here.

Job Title Employer Date
B2B Sales Account Managers RocketBroadband/Thinix 6/7/2019
Local Haul Truck Driver Graves Construction Co. Inc. 6/7/2019

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