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Estherville News Editorial

Emmet County on the move

October 7, 2015
Estherville News

The report from the Iowa Lakes Corridor of Opportunity to Estherville City Council and the Emmet County Board of Supervisors this week highlighted several things we're doing right.

We're decreasing our unemployment rate.

We're attracting industrial and commercial business prospects.

We're involved in business expansions and were part of 60+ jobs created or retained along with $4 million in capital investment.

Five county residents took the plunge and sought the Corridor's guidance to launch their own businesses through the Prepare to Launch program and other training and networking activities.

We came together to achieve the Home Base Iowa designation.

We sent potential workers through the Manufacturing Academy, Construction Academy, and the high school level Manfacturing 101 with Iowa Lakes Community College and IowaWorks.

The areas for growth include developing a prepared, available and ready workforce.

How do we make that happen?

With students who work hard in public school, then pursue further education or training for a career that's in demand.

With schools that offer challenging, relevant classes and nurture out of the box thinking from students who could develop a great new idea for our community and places beyond.

With adults who are open to the possibility of a career change and upgraded skills to meet the demands of today's workforce.

With a community that attracts new business and nurtures local entrepreneurs in their quests to create a more local economy.

We are on track with what we are doing right to develop a community with growth in its future.

For potential to turn into reality, we must open up to new ideas, greater possibilities, and the demands of the future.



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