Category: Development

Proposed Spencer Arts District plans would fill Gary’s on the River, Hallmark building
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Proposed Spencer Arts District plans would fill Gary’s on the River, Hallmark building

McClure representatives returned to Spencer Wednesday to deliver a framework for establishing an arts and cultural district in the downtown area. McClure was hired by the city in August for $38,000 to develop an arts and culture plan, though discussions about bringing in the group began about a year ago. On Wednesday, Mickey Davis, a...

City Council Ward 1 candidates discuss growing Spencer, riverfront and front yard parking
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City Council Ward 1 candidates discuss growing Spencer, riverfront and front yard parking

Candidates for next week’s Spencer City Council Ward 1 special election participated in a forum last week, often emphasizing similar points, but also highlighting differences in other areas. Ward 1 voters will choose next Tuesday between Natasha Mohror, Tom Nelson and Michael Watland to fill the vacancy created when Frank Petska died unexpectedly in October....

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...

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...

City, Corridor to speak with regional airline about commercial flights in Spencer; other city council notes
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City, Corridor to speak with regional airline about commercial flights in Spencer; other city council notes

Area officials are looking into whether it’s worthwhile for Spencer to pursue scheduled commercial flights at the Northwest Iowa Regional Airport. Spencer City Manager Amanda Mack, Mayor Kevin Robinson and staff from the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation will soon take a fact-finding trip to St. Louis, where they’ll speak to staff with regional airline...

The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar will close Nov. 1
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The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar will close Nov. 1

One of Spencer’s most distinctive dining options is closing. The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 24 West Park Street, will close Nov. 1, co-owners Dave and Leann Jacobsen announced early Monday evening. The space, including the former Gary’s on the River upstairs, will be available for Christmas parties and other events using private caterers until...

Iowa Lakes Corridor seeking nominations for business awards
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Iowa Lakes Corridor seeking nominations for business awards

The Iowa Lakes Corridor’s Business Recognition Luncheon is just around the corner. Wednesday, Nov. 14 will mark the Corridor’s ninth annual ceremony with the purpose to thank existing business and industries for their commitment to the Corridor Region. Because of their presence, our economy is further stimulated, creating jobs and fostering the quality of life...

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