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Estherville = innovation street?

August 15, 2016
Estherville News

New ideas in education, job training, renewable energy, and customer service are popping up in Estherville.

Gov. Branstad's visit Thursday highlighted new businesses moving in to the Excel!?Building. A local couple is opening Central Perk on the main floor, Mark Gruwell is running LearnAcre, a customer service training firm that delivers training across venues and platforms. A German company has sent Jasmin Holzinger to operate Wintest, a certified tester in the renewable energy industry.

Rob Hach of Trusted Energy is another tenant of the Excel!?Building.

Support from Iowa Lakes Community College makes it possible, as several of the entrepreneurs said proximity to the renewable energy and STEM?programs at Iowa Lakes was a factor in their choice to locate their business in Estherville.

Iowa Lakes Community College has won a grant to bring education and steps up in employment together as Vivian Dye takes the helm of Estherville CAN.

In a decade in which Emmet County has lost population, and our population has aged, we need new ideas and innovations if our community is to survive.

Estherville Lincoln Central has invested in the future of our community, along with the citizens who approved the expenditure for a new addition to Demoney elementary, which will create One School, One Heart, One Legacy. This is the first year for grades 8-12 to have one-to-one Chromebooks for the opportunity to build technical skills throughout the curriculum.

We're fortunate, in spite of the bumps and bruises along the way, to live in a community that works to innovate and create new opportunities.



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