The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday heard what's new in area development efforts from the executive director of the Iowa Lakes Corridor.
Kathy Evert, noting the Corridor's 20-year birthday this year as a milestone, said the development organization representing Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties appears on track to accomplish its efforts.
"In spit of a recession, we met nearly all our goals," said Evert. "We feel good about where the region is at."
Evert said employers who laid off workers in the economic slowdown are hiring them back. She also highlighted recent accomplishments and upcoming goals.
Evert said over the last 60 days the Corridor held its middle-school entrepreneurial camp with three out of 10 students from Estherville.
There was also the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute which finished week before last. Now in its seventh year, Evert said the Institute exposes students from around Iowa to this part of the state, with a number returning to work in the area.
In the next couple months, Evert said the Corridor will relocate to its new Innovation Pavillion at the Clay County Fair in the former Morton building. She said 11 entrepreneurs are exhibiting there during the fair and there will be a middle-school exhibit in the office area of the building.
Friday, Sept. 14 will be Youth Day for the Corridor at the fair with speakers and presentations and two large exhibitors, Monsanto and Precision Ag.
Evert said the Corridor will be represented at two trade shows in the next two months, an international wind show and a dairy show in Wisconsin. She said the Corridor has also been working on finding a tenant for the Ringsted School.
Supervisor Alan Madden, who has been active with the Save the Ringsted School group, picked up the topic and said there have been a lot of developments regarding the building over the past week, including a Sherburn, Minn., company that's indicated interest in managing a senior living complex there. He said Ringtel Communications has also been working with some people who are interested in the building.
Madden said the City of Ringsted has also expressed interest in taking a role in the building. "They're a lot more friendly toward taking the building over," said Madden.