Preparing a 'future ready' Clay County
The Spencer Chamber of Commerce held a Business Before Hours on Wednesday morning at the Iowa Lakes Community College - Spencer Campus to educate the community on the various training, education, and recruitment efforts to create a strong workforce. The Clay County Future Ready Iowa team organized the event to move forward with the governor's Future Ready Iowa initiative.
Read more about the workforce resources available.
Trails continue to be fun, economic boost
The Dickinson County Trails system has about 30 miles of off-road developed trails with hundreds of miles including the street routes. These trails have proved to have strong utilization of roughly 1,500 users per day through the summer months. The trail board already has plans to continue connecting communities with the trail system, encouraging healthy living and economic growth.
Storm Lake passes first vote for outdoor sales downtown
The Storm Lake City Council recently voted on the first reading of an ordinance change that would allow retailers to sell goods, food and beverages on the sidewalks. Businesses could obtain a no-cost city permit and, with a few other conditions, would be able to extend sales onto the sidewalks.
SMU secures rural development loan for childhood center
Spencer Municipal Utilities is assisting Sacred Heart Parish's Manzer Family Early Childhood Center by securing a $360,000 loan fund through the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program. The loan repayments stay in the local revolving loan fund for economic development.