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Nitchals receives Corridor Chairman’s Award

By Staff | Jun 29, 2010

Holly Pearson, Iowa Lakes Corridor economic development coordinator, presented the Corridor Chairman’s Award to ELC High School teacher Jenny Nitchals for her work in business education. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Estherville Lincoln Central High School teacher Jenny Nitchals was honored Monday with the Iowa Lakes Corridor Chairman’s Award at the Corridor annual meeting at the MT Vault in Estherville.

Holly Pearson, Corridor economic development coordinator, presented the award to Nitchals for her work in networking students with Corridor activities, including the Be Your Own Boss seminar to which Nitchals brought students on three occasions. One of Nitchal’s students, Tyler Enerson, also won the regional business plan competition.

Bill Bumgarner, Spencer Hospital administrator and former administrator at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville, gave the Corridor update as new chair.

“It’s been an especially busy time,” Bumgarner said, reviewing the Corridor’s new strategic plan initiative.

Bumgarner presented the Immediate Past President’s plaque to Curt Johnson whom he recognized for lobbying at the federal level on behalf of the Corridor.

“It has been a challenging environment that we’ve been in the past four years,” said Johnson who thanked the board of directors for its work as well as Corridor staff.

Having been an economic development leader in Emmet County – with Excel! Estherville – and now Clay County, Bumgarner was uniquely suited to embark on his theme of collaboration.

“Collaboration is a great deal about trust,” Bumgarner said. “I felt nothing but welcomed as a full partner in this collaboration. One county’s success is really every county’s success.”

Bumgarner said the Corridor board recently approved a new work plan which focuses on well-rounded economic development for the four-county area – Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties.

“We really have an opportunity to really establish a model for regional economic development,” Bumgarner said. “We’re also very fortunate to live in this area.”

Bumgarner said the work plan for the coming year calls for entrepreneurial training and Junior Achievement, among other activities. He said the Corridor will also conduct a profile of fringe benefits at area companies and look at why businesses move into or out of the Corridor region. Another area of study will be ongoing industrial and workforce development.

Pam Domek, founder of Let’s Grow Something, demonstrated her new product.