Diamond Vogel and Hull Development Corporation
Recognized at NWID Partner Meeting
Diamond Vogel of Orange City and the Hull Industrial Development Corporation (HIDC) were recognized at the 9th Annual Northwest Iowa Development (NWID) Partner Meeting at the Parkview Event Center in Rock Valley on September 18.
More than 135 community and regional leaders from the four-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 Parkview Event Center.
“Tonight, we recognize achievements and celebrate teamwork as a regional partnership,” NWID Chairman David Miller of Rock Valley said during the presentation. “We are highlighting regional efforts that are in place to support Northwest Iowa Development local members and ultimately, to strengthen the regional economy.”
Miller focused on three key building blocks that Northwest Iowa Development is working to strengthen. First, NWID’s continuing effort to support market expansion of regional businesses through foreign trade. Second, NWID efforts to address the workforce challenges of regional manufacturers. And third, NWID’s consistent effort to build, feature and strengthen cooperative partnerships with organizations that are vital to success in Northwest Iowa.
Northwest Iowa Development presented two awards and two economic development awards of appreciation at the meeting.
Hull Industrial Development Corporation was recognized by Northwest Iowa Development with the Beyond Expectations Economic Development Support Award for its commercial and residential development efforts in the community of 2,300.
Receiving the Kirk Grau Business or Organization Innovation Award was DiamondVogel of Orange City. Diamond Vogel, founded in 1926, was recognized for its innovative efforts as an expanding and growing company serving customers nationwide in a diverse array of industries.
Finally, two people were recognized for their contributions to the NWID organization with Awards of Appreciation. Patty Anderson, retired Hartley city administrator and former NWID chairperson, was recognized for her career of dedication to public service and community development. Mike Earll, retired educator and former NWID board member representing Osceola County was recognized for his efforts with NWID, Osceola County economic development and the Hawkeye Point Foundation.
The meeting featured presentations by Grant Menke, State Director of Iowa USDA Rural Development, and Brent Comstock, rural entrepreneurial strategist. Comstock contrasted the challenges that face rural communities, entrepreneurs and businesses with the tremendous opportunities that rural America has to offer.
“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,” Miller 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, O’Brien, Osceola and the city of Le Mars. For more information, visit www.northwestiowa.com or contact your local economic development organization.
Photo Credit: Lori Richards, Northwest Iowa CommunityCollege
Diamond Vogel of Orange City received
the Kirk Grau 2019 Business and Organizational Innovation Award. Pictured are
Diamond Vogel CEO Jeff Powell and NWID Board member Steve Simons from Lyon
The Hull Industrial DevelopmentCorporation was recognized with the Beyond Expectations 2019 Economic
Development Support Award at the NWID Partner Meeting. Pictured (L-R) are HIDC
board members Mark Kreun, John De Koster, Board President Mike Broek, Cory
DeWit, Hull City Administrator/Economic Development Director Jim Collins, Arlan
Moss, NWID Board member Steve Simons, and Jerry Boer.
received the Economic Development Award of Appreciation during the Northwest
Iowa Development Partner Meeting. Pictured (L-R) are Mike Earll and presenter
David Miller, NWID Board chairperson from Rock Valley.
Patty Anderson received the Economic
Development Award of Appreciation during the Northwest Iowa Development Partner
Meeting. Pictured (L-R) are Patty Anderson and presenter Kiana Johnson, NWID
Board member from O’Brien County.