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This Week in the Corridor
Spirit Lake ranks #41 for Most Dynamic Micropolitan

The Walton Family Foundation recently released the Most Dynamic Micropolitans Index ranking 531 micropolitan areas throughout the United States. Ranking at #41, Spirit Lake was the lone Iowa micropolitan to make it into the top 100.

A micropolitan is defined to be a geographical area consisting of a city with a population of 10,000 to 50,000. The Most Dynamic Micropolitans Index collects metrics on both short- and long-term growth. These metrics include job growth, wage and income gains and the proportion of total jobs at young firms. The sources of the data used include the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The higher-ranked micropolitans showed a few trends that seem to impact growth: strong entrepreneurial culture, areas that contained research universities or four-year colleges, community colleges with adaptive curriculum to meet local employer needs, and quality of place attributes such as arts, cultural, recreational and lifestyle amenities.

Spirit Lake's high-ranking performance areas included #15 for 2015-2016 Job Growth, #15 for 2016 Per-Capita Personal Income, and #17 for 2012-2016 Job Growth.

Click here to read more about the index and economic development trends in these micropolitan areas and to see the full list.

News to Know
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.

Learn more about the trails.

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.

Read about the proposed changes.

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.

Learn 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 !
Sector:  Manufacturing
Location: Spencer
Description: The Demco, Spencer facility manufactures Trailers & Ag Products. The facility is located in the Spencer Industrial Park on 35 acres of land with 154,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
Diamond Concrete
Sector: Engineering/Design & Construction
Location: Spirit Lake

Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
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See these and other current job openings here.

Job Title Employer Date
Y Kids Summer Adventure Club Bedell Family YMCA 2/28/2019
Patient Services Representative - Clinic Avera Holy Family Hospital 3/4/2019

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