Catch up on this week's Corridor news.

This Week in the Corridor
Framing the Future
Corridor hires Convergent Nonprofit Solutions for feasibility study

Corridor members are receiving phone calls and snail mail this week from our team. The double dose of communication invites our partners to assist in a feasibility study for an upcoming resource campaign to support regional economic development over the next five years.
The Corridor has hired Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, specialists in fundraising for economic development, for the study. Jay Werth, a principal of the Atlanta-based company, will be in town in early August to conduct up to 70 interviews.
Werth will not be soliciting funds. Interviewees will be asked for their thoughts on the Corridor's past performance and also a draft prospectus that lays out proposed efforts and growth. "Strive '25" continues to emphasize both existing business support and entrepreneurial development while amplifying efforts to recruit new businesses and, most importantly, new residents to our four counties.
The key word here is "draft." The prospectus was born out of extensive conversations among the staff and board and with stakeholders, but it remains malleable. The feasibility study interviews will empower members to bend and shape the Corridor's work plan for the region's benefit.
Thank you to the many, many members who have already said yes to an interview. To the rest of  you, when you hear the bright, sunny voice of a Corridor staffer on the other end of the phone line, please fire up your calendar.

Intern Spotlight: 
Cassy Olesen

Cassy Olesen is currently the summer intern for Spencer Radio Group. She is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications at Iowa State University with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Olesen is originally from Graettinger, Iowa, where she graduated from the Graettinger-Terril school district in 2016.
Olesen secured this position after calling the radio station to see if they had interest in a summer intern. "I grew up listening to this station and always thought they did a good job covering the area, so I knew I'd like to work here." She also stated that she had an internship at a newspaper in summer 2018, so she was looking for something different that would still apply to her major. 

Read more about Cassy and her summer internship  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
Ribbon cutting held on new headquarters for GrapeTree Medical Staffing
Wednesday afternoon was the ribbon cutting on the new GrapeTree headquarters building located in the former Boji Bay Pavilion. 20 years ago, founder Tim Kinnetz started the company with three people. Now, the company employs 5,000 individuals across 12 states with plans to continue growth.

Learn more about the new headquarters.

Lake View Diner opens
A father-daughter duo has opened a new diner in Storm Lake serving American breakfast and lunch with the hopes of expanding to dinner later on. The Macedonian immigrant has been in the restaurant business for many years and hopes to impress customers with service and quality food.

Read more about the new restaurant.

ICCC Breaks Ground for Industrial Center 
Iowa Central Community College and Storm Lake community members gathered for a ceremonial ground-breaking for the new Industrial Technology Training Center. The 11 acre site has room for more buildings, opening up the possibility for the entire ICCC Storm Lake campus to be moved to that location. 

Read more  here!

Register for the Home Base Iowa Webinar
Friday, July 26: 10:00-10:30 a.m. Learn how to leverage Home Base Iowa to help you with your hiring needs! Join them for this 30-minute webinar to receive tips and tricks on using the Find a Veteran feature on the Home Base Iowa website. This webinar is an opportunity to learn how to connect with veterans and ask questions on how you can find veterans quickly and easily that match the open positions in your organization.

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 !
Midstates Builders
Sector:  Construction, Design, & Engineering
Location: Spencer
Description: At Midstates Builders, their mission is to safely provide the best quality and value to their customers operating with integrity in their operations and with respect towards all people associated with their projects. They are licensed in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Midwestern Mechanical, Inc.
Sector: Construction, Design, & Engineering
Location: Spencer
Description Midwestern Mechanical is a plumbing, heating and fire protection contractor operating from four locations in the upper midwest. They are committed to serving and protecting their customers, employees and the general public through expert knowledge, quality workmanship, and integrity throughout their Plumbing, Heating and Fire Protection divisions.

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

See more current job openings here.

Job Title
Character Center Help Bedell Family YMCA 7/15/2019
Y-Kids Before and After School Help Bedell Family YMCA 7/15/2019
Executive Assistant Bank Midwest 7/17/2019

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