Catch up on this week's Corridor news.

This Week in the Corridor
Subject of "Do We Belong" documentary to participate in Corridor sponsored panel in Spencer

SPENCER - The widow of an Indian immigrant engineer slain in a hate crime will be among four panelists at a screening in Spencer of "Do We Belong," a short documentary about the killing.

Sumaya Dumala will join Jay Dalhauser, founder of The Bridge of Storm Lake; Francesca Yu, a Filipino health care professional working in Spencer; and Tina Shaw of the Iowa Department of Human Rights on June 11 at Spencer Community Theatre to share thoughts and answer audience questions about the successes, challenges and realities of diversity in the region and nation.

The screening and panel discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

"This is another example of the strong cultural offerings available here in our region," said Kiley Miller, President & CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation. "People who love documentaries, who are interested in diversity and inclusion, or who just enjoy a good intellectual conversation should come out."

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Dumala's husband, was shot to death in February 2017 in Olathe, Kan., by a gunman who mistakenly believed the engineer and his friend were from Iran. 

The couple had previously lived in Cedar Rapids. That led to Dumala's relationship with Sarika Bhakta, a Certified Diversity Executive and founder of Nikeya Diversity Consulting.

Bhakta arranged the screening and will moderate the panel discussion.

"Meet Diversity's Friends" filling up fast
The next day, June 12, she will help facilitate a pair of workshops for area business people and community leaders under the joint title, "Meet Diversity's Friends: Equity, Inclusion & Engagement." Also instructing the workshops will be Anthony Arrington and Karl Cassell of Top RANK Executive Recruiting in Cedar Rapids.

The workshops are sponsored by  Demco Products, the City of Spencer, and Clay County

Very few seats remain for the morning session for executives and senior leaders. Approximately 10 seats are available for the afternoon session for team members. To RSVP for the workshops, email

"We've been pleased by the demand for this training," Miller said. "We expect a full house.

"I expect similar interest in the screening of 'Do We Belong.' My experience is that the people of Northwest Iowa like to engage in interesting topics."

2019-2020 Corridor Board Voting

Ballots to vote for open positions on the Iowa Lakes Corridor Board were sent via email to primary contacts of Corridor members and investors on Monday. If you received the ballot, please complete and return it to Alyssa Kragelund at by June 10th.

Thank you!

News to Know
Iowa governor to BVU students: It's never too late

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered the commencement address to the 2019 graduating class of Buena Vista University. But how many in the audience new beforehand that Reynolds became a college graduate herself less than three years earlier. 

Here's the full story!

Estherville residents to vote on swimming pool

The Estherville city council is bringing the matter of a new swimming pool to voters. The city will hold a bond referendum August 6 to raise as much as $4.1 million for the project.  

Read more about the pool here! 

Okoboji Vodka starts to flow

The creator of the popular Templeton Rye brand debuted a new spirit recently that capitalizes on a local name. Foundry Distilling Co. founder Scott Bush unveiled Okoboji Vodka earlier this month at Pearson Lakes Art Center.

Find out more  here !

Salute to Local Professionals

Brooks Golf is excited to announce a Salute to Local Professionals Program! Starting June 3rd and running through the end of August, Brooks Golf will reward designated local professional groups each week (Law Enforcement, Military, Contractors, Agriculture, Banking, Medical, Manufacturing, Marinas, Business Owners, and so many more).

Read more about the program!

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 !
Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Sector:  Business Services/Other
Location: Arnolds Park
Description: The purpose of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote the business, civic, tourism and agricultural interests of our members and area residents, and to further the development and protection of all our resources.
Member involvement is encouraged in all Chamber programs. Chamber personnel are also involved in community betterment by actively serving in several local, regional and state organizations.

Iowa Lakes Community College
Sector: Business Services/Other
Location: Estherville
Description Located in the picturesque Iowa Great Lakes Region, Iowa Lakes offers several locations throughout a five-county service area:  AlgonaEmmetsburgEsthervilleSpencer  and   Spirit Lake .  You can take classes either full time or part time; days, evenings or weekends; via television, fiber optics or with a professor in the classroom; and via the Internet with online courses.  You can also choose college transfer, career option, technical or vocational courses, one class at a time, or continuing education classes.

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
County Youth Coordinator ISU Extension - Emmet County May 16
Accountant Ranco Fertiservice May 14
Service Area 3A Emergency Preparedness Grant Coordinator Avera Holy Family Hospital May 17

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