Evert updates supervisors on Corridor
Michael Tidemann – Staff Writer
Iowa Lakes Corridor Executive Director Kathy Evert updated the Emmet County Board of Supervisors on Corridor activities at the supervisors’ regular board meeting Tuesday.
Evert noted a lot of interest from both outside and existing companies. Part of that might be due to Corridor representatives attending four additional trade shows this year and the Corridor’s work with the Iowa Department of Economic Development in finding leads.
Evert said the Corridor is working with existing companies on a workforce directory. She said many copies of the directory have been downloaded from the Corridor Web site.
“It’s an additional tool we can do from a marketing perspective,” Evert said.
Evert said the counties in the Corridor have not increased population and no school districts have added students.
Much of Evert’s focus was on how to stem area outmigration. She suggested that developing a school alumni list might help track people and later invite them back to the area.
Board Chair Alan Madden asked Evert about possible efforts to get larger businesses to expand into the area.
Evert said a solid workforce and keeping the cost of doing business down are key factors in attracting new businesses. Those businesses that are being particularly targeted for the areas are wind turbine manufacturers, dairy operations, and the poultry industry.
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