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Category: Development

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...

Grow Spencer Commission seeks public input on economic development
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Grow Spencer Commission seeks public input on economic development

The Grow Spencer Commission is seeking public input on Spencer’s economic development vision and strategy using an online comprehensive economic development assessment that has been created for the city by Toyer Strategic Consulting. The assessment, which takes about 20 minutes to complete, asks the public for input on a wide range of topics from what...

Integrity Real Estate expands Spencer presence
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Integrity Real Estate expands Spencer presence

Integrity Real Estate has increased its Spencer presence by adding much of the former Century 21 Jacobsen Real Estate team and moving into that agency’s former office on South Grand Avenue. Nick Steffes, broker and owner of Integrity Real Estate, said the transition occurred July 16. He said Century 21 approached Integrity. Oxana Bedore, Dave...

Grow Spencer hopes to tap into community philanthropy for projects
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Grow Spencer hopes to tap into community philanthropy for projects

The Grow Spencer Commission has honed in on two focuses for its task of recommending ways to spur community growth. The commission, which met Monday afternoon, held its first meeting last month. Mayor Kevin Robinson made establishing the commission a priority during his successful 2016 campaign. “The two main focuses are the economic growth of...

Spencer mayor happy to see Eaton building filled
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Spencer mayor happy to see Eaton building filled

Spencer Mayor Kevin Robinson is happy to see the former Eaton building in Spencer won’t sit empty. At Monday evening’s Spencer City Council meeting, Robinson issued a welcome to Syngenta, which last week announced it will be partnering with Pivot Point Spencer to use the facility as a seed distribution center. “It’s exciting to see...

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