Catch up on this week's Corridor news.

This Week in the Corridor
Board Nominations

The following individuals have been nominated for the Corridor Board of Directors:
  • Clay County
  • At-large - John Tatman, Demco, two-year term ending June 30, 2021
  • At-large - Susan Zulk, Spencer Hospital, three-year term ending June 30, 2022
  • Dickinson County
  • At-large - Kent Stensland, Bank Midwest, two-year term ending June 30, 2021
  • At-large - Brad Beck, Beck Engineering Inc., three-year term ending June 30, 2022
  • Emmet County
  • At-large - Deb Satern, SATERN, three-year term ending June 30, 2022
  • At-large - Mike Wodtke, GKN, three-year term ending June 30, 2022
Additional names of candidates for directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signature of at least 20 qualified members of the Corridor. Petitions must be filed by May 20.

Leadership Spencer
The Leadership Spencer class of 2019 completed the 10-week course this week with discussions from community service organizations and a class recognition. Corridor Coordinator of Administration and Communication Alyssa Kragelund was one of the twenty-one members of the class this year who experienced a variety of Spencer businesses and amenities throughout the course.

Thank you to the Spencer Chamber for facilitating the course and to all of the businesses and individuals who shared their expertise with the class!
News to Know
Okoboji class grafts itself into Healthy Hometown efforts

The No Boundaries project-based learning program piloted at the Okoboji Middle School this year connected students with the Healthy Hometowns project. One of the No Boundaries groups this year worked on a project to take on food insecurity. The group proposed replicating a food conservation and sharing program that is done at the high school level, and they recruited the rest of the No Boundaries class to assist in the planting of a small orchard of fruiting trees to provide a source of food for those in need.

Read more about No Boundaries and the project.

Estherville Job & Career Fair

The Estherville Chamber of Commerce invites employers to participate in the Estherville Job and Career Fair on Thursday, May 23 from 2-6 pm. The fair is free to all Estherville Chamber Members advertising positions and $75 for employers that are not members, and free to the public to attend and speak with potential employers.

SHS addition wins AIA Iowa's 3rd annual 'People's Choice Award'

The fine arts center addition to Spencer High School was awarded top honors at the American Institute of Architects Iowa's third annual "People's Choice Award" competition. The addition was designed by Cannon Moss Brygger Architects back in 2014 with a groundbreaking in 2015 and completion in 2017.

Learn more about the award here.

Spencer City Council hires new Planning Director; approves sidewalk cafe ordinance

The Spencer City Council formally approved the hiring of Steve Hallgren as Planning Director. Formerly with the Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission, Hallgren will start his role on May 13, working alongside current Planning Director Kirby Schmidt until his retirement in June. The council also approved the final reading of the sidewalk café ordinance in Spencer.

Read about the approvals.

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 !
Graves Construction Co., Inc.
Sector:  Engineering/Design & Construction
Location: Spencer
Description:  Graves Construction is managed by a fourth generation of the Graves family and continues to focus on bridge and concrete box culvert projects primarily in the states of Iowa and South Dakota and farming interests in northwest Iowa.
Great Lakes Communication Corp
Sector: Communications & Utilities
Location: Spencer
Description GLCC is always on the leading edge of business technology, but what sets them apart is our commitment to quality. They remain accessible and accountable to customers and support the communities they service.

Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
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See more current job openings here.

Job Title Employer
Communications Dispatcher City of Spencer 5/2/2019

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