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Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, and Emmet Counties.


The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (formerly the Great Lakes Corridor of Opportunity) was organized in 1992 to foster, encourage, promote, assist, or otherwise aid economic growth and development in the Iowa counties of Clay and Dickinson. In late 2005, Emmet County became a part of the region and in January 2006, Buena Vista County joined the region. The organization is a 501(c)6, non-profit organization in the State of Iowa. The Iowa Lakes Corridor is governed by a 16-member board of directors who set policy and direction for the organization. The Corridor currently receives funding from the public and private sectors. The total annual budget is approximately $650,000. The Iowa Lakes Corridor has four full-time and one part-time, professional staff members with a central office located in Spencer. The Corridor is a past recipient of the Silver Shovel Award from the Iowa Area Development Group. The Silver Shovel Award, in honor of the IADG’s 25th silver anniversary, is an award based on merit.

Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City (Specialty)
  • Community Involvement (Specialty)
  • Energy Issues
  • Federal Business Issues
  • Issues Related to the Geographic Location of a Business
  • Legislative Issues
  • Small Business Issues (Specialty)
  • State Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Women’s Business Issues

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Training
  • Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies

Management Issues and Training

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Mentoring
  • Recruiting Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Assistance in Finding Debt Funding
  • Assistance in Finding Equity Funding
  • Assistance in Finding Government Funding
  • Brownfield Tax Credits
  • Consulting
  • Energy Loan Fund
  • Equity Providers
  • Historic Tax Credits
  • Loan Packaging
  • Tax Credit Assistance

Import Assistance

  • Locating Distributors
  • Networking

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)


  • Advertising
  • Census Data
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development
  • Research (Domestic Markets)
  • Research (International Markets)

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based

Office, Laboratory and Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Co-Work (Specialty)

Economic and Site Development

  • Consulting (Specialty)
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Environmental Compliance Assistance
  • Legislative Agendas
  • Main Street Program Services
  • Revitalization (Specialty)
  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)
  • State Tax Credits and Assistance
  • Watershed Planning

Regulatory Compliance

  • Advising

Tax Services

  • State Tax Credit Information & Assistance

Technical Assistance

  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Training


  • Annual Budget
  • Business Plan
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Financial Statements
  • Marketing Plan
  • Pre-Business Planning
  • Topics Related to Developing & Maintaining a Small Business

Nonprofit Development

  • Accounting
  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling


  • Mentoring Program

Human Resources

  • Employee Development
  • Hiring, Retention & Education

Internship Programs & Student Services

  • Internship Programs
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects


  • Targeted Small Business Certification


  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
Contact Information
Alyssa Petersen
520 2nd Ave. E.
Suite 2
Spencer, IA 51301