homepage logo

EIDC, Chamber, kick off strategic plan with $45,000

By Staff | Jan 22, 2008

Estherville area business groups stepped forward Monday night in a big way, pledging $45,000 so far toward funding Excel! Estherville, the new community strategic plan.

The plan was publicly presented by Estherville Industrial Development Corporation President Lyle Hevern and Bill Bumgarner, CEO of Avera Holy Family Health at the annual Chamber/EIDC meeting.

Those pledging initial seed money to fund the strategic plan include:

n Avera Foundation, $10,000.

n EIDC, $10,000.

n Estherville City Council, $10,000.

n Northstar Bank, $5,000.

n Hy-Vee, $5,000.

n Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce, $5,000.

Hevern laid out some of the key steps of the community strategic plan, noting, “I believe that these are times of opportunity here in Estherville,” Hevern said.

In other matters Monday, Chamber Manager Dusty Embree reviewed progress in 2007 for the city.

Those items included:

n Four new gateway signs at each entrance to the city.

n New Christmas decorations in the downtown area.

n A successful Sweetcorn Days in addition to other events and promotions.

Embree said 2008 will see a new membership survey of chamber members and a full page ad in Vacation Okoboji promoting Estherville.

In the EIDC year in review, Hevern noted benefits from active participation in the Iowa Lakes Corridor. He said the Corridor wants to expand the workforce in the four-county area and to work on getting people to move back to the area.

Hevern said the Corridor continues to pursue a biodiesel plant through Northern Bioenergy and to work to promote the Iowa Lakes Community College wind turbine program.

Hevern also said two large wind farms will begin construction early 2009 and will have 120-140 wind towers north and west of Estherville.

Bumgarner was named Business Person of the Year. Citizen of the Year was John Wittneben.

Look for further details in a later edition of the Daily News this week.

Contact Michael Tidemann at (712) 362-2622 or mtidemann@esthervilledailynews.com and visit our photo sharing Web site at cu.esthervilledailynews.com