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This Week in the Corridor
Letter from the CEO

Last week, while I toted my daughter off to college-and tried hard to laugh through my tears-the Corridor and our partners enjoyed a run of good news.
On Monday, a start-up manufacturing company announced that it would occupy a vacant facility in Spencer. Godbersen Metal Works will employ approximately 25 people fabricating and painting metal components. The Corridor was one piece of a recruiting them that also included the City of Spencer, Spencer Municipal Utilities, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Spencer Area Jobs Trust, Iowa Area Development Group, and representatives of the local business community. Our thanks go out to the founders of Godbersen Metal Works for investing in the region. Those interested in applying for a job with the company can send resumes to
Four days later, on the morning my daughter moved into her dorm room (How does a freshman get a single with a great view?), social media lit up with the announcement that Buena Vista University's Lamberti Center and the Corridor had jointly captured one of only five Impact Challenge Iowa grants worth $175,000. The money will support a broad and innovative business succession effort dubbed "Match-Learn-Launch." The goal is to transition the businesses we all love-the ones that employ our friends and neighbors and that make living in our small towns so great-to a new generation of owners.
The five winners of the Impact Challenge are now competing for the People's Choice Award and an additional $125,000. Please cast your vote no later than Friday afternoon at
The roll-out of Match-Learn-Launch promises powerful learning opportunities for BVU students. And who knows, maybe someday a few of those students will wind up purchasing a business they encounter through the initiative.
Or maybe, just maybe, my daughter will.
You see, Carson didn't go one county or even one state over for college. She's halfway across the country in Ithaca, N.Y.
She's the kind of person we want back in our region. She's bright, hard-working, a leader. But if she's to return, she's going to need an income. Presumably that means finding a job, but it could mean becoming her own boss.
This is where it gets cool. No doubt you've heard of the Corridor's 5x5 initiative, a challenge to grow the population 5 percent in five years. Well, Match-Learn Launch integrates perfectly with 5x5.
At the Corridor, we recognize that the continued prosperity of our region will require every type of person. We need laborers and CEOs, founders and builders. So at, the online hub of the 5x5 initiative, we present three options on the landing page: apply for a job, start a business, and find a business to buy.
After you've voted for the People's Choice Award, I encourage you to hop over to and check it out. Sign up to be a Community Champion then spend a few minutes exploring the site. As you do, think of the loved ones you wish would return to the region. Would they rather get a secure job or run the entire show? Either way, here in the Iowa Lakes Corridor, they can be matched with a great career, learn new skills and launch into the future.
As for you, my sweet Carson Joy, when you're done changing the world, you can come back home and live by Mom and Dad. You're a perfect match for us.

The five winners of the Impact Challenge are now competing for the People's Choice Award and an additional $125,000!

Corridor Website Updates

The Corridor's website is currently being updated. This means that some of our website features (including job submissions) will be offline as information gets transferred to the new framework.

We appreciate your patience through this process. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Petersen.
Featured Real  Estate

Site: Spirit Lake Shell Building
Industrial, Warehouse/Distribution
Location: 540 5th St. E.
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
30,000 sf.
Sale Price: 

For more information, visit  the Corridor website!
News to Know
Imagine Iowa Great Lakes to hold public informational meeting Aug. 29th

One project along the Arnolds Park promenade is complete so Imagine Iowa Great Lakes is ready to move on to a new project. A public informational meeting will be held tonight, August 29th at 5:00 p.m. at the Majestic Pavilion in Arnolds Park.

Read more about upcoming projects.

15 best reasons you need to visit Estherville, Iowa

She Saves, She Travels blogger Nikki visited Estherville and wants to share the top 15 things she loves about the Northwest community including outdoor adventures, the hidden gems the town holds, and seasonal events.

See what Nikki loves about Estherville.

Clay County auditor receives ISAC's highest honor

The Golden Eagle is an award created by the Iowa State Association of Counties to recognize county officials that go "above and beyond the call of duty." Clay County auditor Marge Pitts is the 10th individual to receive this award, and the first of those recipients that were elected and were still in office when they received the award.

Learn more about the ISAC Golden Eagle award.

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 !
R&D Industries, Inc.
Sector:  Business Services/Other
Location: Milford
Description: R&D has over 30 years of experience in three divisions: Professional Audio-Visual, Computer Networking, and Thinix. R&D Industries has consistently grown and frequently has employment opportunities.

Ranco Fertiservice, Inc.
Sector: Agricultural Services
Location: Sioux Rapids
Description Ranco Fertiservice, Inc. is a premier manufacturer of fertilizer blending and handling equipment that has been manufacturing durable, high quality fertilizer blending and handling equipment since 1961. Ranco prides itself on being at the forefront of fertilizer equipment innovation.

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

See more current job openings here.

Job Title
Street Division - Maint II - Grade 19 City of Spencer 8/23/2019
Office Worker/Receptionist Storm Lake Radio 8/27/2019

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