Category: Business

Plan aims for hundreds of new jobs, housing units in Spencer
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Plan aims for hundreds of new jobs, housing units in Spencer

Spencer’s new economic development plan sets the ambitious goals of adding hundreds of new jobs and housing units. The Spencer City Council on Monday approved a resolution to implement the local economic development plan developed by Toyer Strategic Consulting that seeks to create new, high-quality jobs and expand the local population. The plan’s goals, determined...

Spencer City Council approves 1st filing of commercial building murals ordinance
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Spencer City Council approves 1st filing of commercial building murals ordinance

Commercial building owners in Spencer could soon be allowed to have murals commissioned for their buildings. On Monday, the Spencer City Council unanimously approved the first filing of an ordinance that would allow murals to be placed on the side or back outside walls of commercial buildings. Murals wouldn’t be allowed on the building’s primary...

Spencer businesses reminded selling CBD products without license is illegal
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Spencer businesses reminded selling CBD products without license is illegal

Law enforcement officials are reminding Spencer businesses that it’s illegal to sell products containing cannabidiol without a license. And there are only five licensed businesses in the state, none of which are in Spencer. Officials this week issued a press release with information about the products, which contain cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Spencer Police Chief Mark...

Italian restaurant in limbo; building for rent again
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Italian restaurant in limbo; building for rent again

The fate of a new Italian restaurant that had been expected to open in Spencer is in limbo. Building owner Bill Muller said Friday morning that Italy Pasta and Pizza, the restaurant that was to move into the former Pizza Hut location at 723 South Grand Avenue, may not open after all. A sign on...

Iowa Lakes Corridor recognizes business standouts at annual luncheon
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Iowa Lakes Corridor recognizes business standouts at annual luncheon

The Iowa Lakes Corridor held its annual Business Recognition Luncheon and Awards event Wednesday to honor area industry leaders and standouts from the past year. Recipients were nominated by their business peers and accepted their awards in front of a large crowd at the Clay County Fair and Events Center. “Thank you, guys, for sharing...

Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched
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Chamber, main street directors would be city employees under idea being researched

Executive directors of Spencer Main Street and the Spencer Chamber of Commerce would become city employees so they could access city benefits under an idea that’s still being discussed and researched. At a city finance and personnel committee meeting Monday night, representatives from both organizations said the health and retirement benefits available to city employees...

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