The Sheldon Crossroads Pavilion Event Center, City of Sheldon and Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation were recognized at the 8th Annual Northwest Iowa Development (NWID) Partner Meeting at the Crossroads Pavilion Event Center in Sheldon on September 19.
More than 130 community and regional leaders from the six-county NWID region representing economic development, business, city councils and boards of supervisors and others with an interest in growing the region attended the meeting, held in new Crossroads Pavilion Event Center.
“Working together the Northwest Iowa Development member developers support their communities and counties,” NWID Chairman Curt Strouth said during the presentation. “The time and effort we all put towards regional strategy and action is well worth it, and we work together because we realize it will enable us to accomplish far more than we could if we were to act individually.”
Strouth focused on the building blocks of economic development - business retention, workforce, education, daycare, housing, healthcare, recreation, available sites and marketing. “They all work together, like pieces of a puzzle, to create the growing, thriving communities we all work towards,” he explained.
Northwest Iowa Development presented two awards and two economic development awards of appreciation at the meeting.
CML Telephone Cooperative of Meriden, Cherokee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation were recognized by Northwest Iowa Development with the Beyond Expectations Economic Development Support Award for a partnership that involved expansion of the CRMC facility and creating a revolving loan fund through USDA for financing of future projects in Cherokee.
Receiving the Kirk Grau Business or Organization Innovation Award were the Crossroads Pavilion Event Center, City of Sheldon and Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation. The three organizations were recognized for their partnership in planning and constructing the new event center, which is a part of the overall Master Plan for the Sheldon Crossing Development Area.
Finally, two people were recognized for their contributions to the NWID organization with Awards of Appreciation. Kim Clay, retired USDA Rural Development Area Specialist from LeMars and former NWID Board member and retired Hawarden City Administrator Gary Tucker were recognized.
Iowa Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg was featured speaker for the event. Gregg noted that Iowa was ranked Number 1 in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of states. He also spoke on workforce issues and the Future Ready Iowa program aimed at having 70% of workers receiving career training for the jobs available by 2025. Finally, as co-chair of the Empower Rural Iowa Initiative, he spoke on the three areas of focus in preparing the state for the future – Investing (market rate rural housing), Growing (community leadership) and Connecting (rural broadband connectivity). Each initiative has 20 members from across Iowa who are working toward solutions to improve life for Iowans.
“The annual Partners Meeting is our way to show appreciation for the economic development efforts and contributions our partners and stakeholders make to grow northwest Iowa and our counties and communities,” Strouth explained following the Partner Meeting.
Northwest Iowa Development is a regional economic development marketing organization focused on growing businesses and communities in northwest Iowa. It includes the counties of Lyon, Sioux, Cherokee, O’Brien, Plymouth and Osceola. For more information, visit www.northwestiowa.com or contact your local economic development organization.
Lt. Governor Adam Gregg spoke to the Partner Meeting crowd, focusing on the strengths of Iowa and the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.
CML Telephone Cooperative, Cherokee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) were recognized with the Beyond Expectations Economic Development Award. Receiving the award were (L-R) Bill Anderson, CAEDC executive director; Bruce Johnson, CML Telephone Cooperative CEO; Matt Johnson, CRMC President/CEO; Lt. Governor Adam Gregg and presenter David Miller, Northwest Iowa Development Sioux County Board member.
Sheldon Crossroads Pavilion Event Center, City of Sheldon and Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation received the Kirk Grau Business or Organization Innovation Award. Top row L-R: Greg Geels, Tom Eggers, presenter Steve Simons, Northwest Iowa Development Lyon County Board members, and Brad Hindt. Bottom row L-R: Lt. Governor of Iowa Adam Gregg, Pete Hamill, Brittany Behrendsen, Rob Roozeboom, Marv Van Riesen, and Mayor Tricia Meendering.
(L-R) Lt. Governor Adam Gregg; Gary Tucker, past NWID Board member and retired Hawarden City Administrator; presenter Neal Adler, Northwest Iowa Development Plymouth County Board member.
(L-R) presenter Bill Anderson Northwest Iowa Development Cherokee County Board member; Kim Clay, retired USDA Rural Development; Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.