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Orange City, Iowa – Sioux County will be designated as a Home Base Iowa county during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The designation will take place in the courtroom of the Sioux County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m., and the public is invited to attend. Governor Terry Branstad will present the official designation at the event.

Home Base Iowa provides veterans with resources that assist them in finding employment in and becoming part of Iowa communities.

To receive the Home Base Iowa designation, communities and counties must meet four requirements: 10 percent of the businesses in the designated area must become Home Base Iowa businesses and pledge to hire a specific number of veterans; a welcome and incentive package must be developed for veterans; Home Base Iowa designation signage must be prominently displayed; and the local governing body must give a resolution of support.

“We are proud to receive the Home Base Iowa designation. We are excited to have a program that will help our local employers find much needed skilled employees,” says Mark Gaul, community development director for the City of Orange City. “We are glad to be able to assist our people coming out of the military and to provide them with quality employment and a place to call home.”

More information on the Home Base Iowa program is available on the county’s website:  www.siouxcounty.org.



C&S Developers to build professional plaza on Highway 10 in Orange City

The Orange City Development Corporation is pleased to announce the sale of the property and the building of a professional plaza along Highway 10, due west of Casey’s General Store.

C&S Developers, LLC, owned by Brian Schutt of Alton and Dave Cleveringa of Sioux Center, will own and manage the property. The 16,000-square-foot facility will offer build-to-suit space for multiple businesses.

“We are pleased to partner with C&S Developers to add retail and office space for new and expanded business in our community,” says Daryl Beltman, president of the Orange City Development Corporation.

Mike Hofman, executive director of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce, explains that the new addition will complement the town’s business and retail community. “A vibrant retail environment fosters growth, and we believe this space will continue to enhance the many great things happening in Orange City,” he says.

Hofman adds that businesses have already expressed interest in the new development. “This building will allow us to offer additional options for location and retail space to people looking to locate or start their small business in Orange City,” he says.

C&S Developers is committed to the enhancement of the local business community. “We recognize the importance of strong economic and retail growth, and we look forward to working with current and future Orange City businesses in creating a positive economic impact for the community,” says Schutt.

Groundbreaking for the professional plaza is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

Schelling Construction of Sioux Center will build the professional plaza and plans to have some units ready for occupancy by Jan. 1, 2016.

The Northwestern Leadership series conference, Courageous Communication, will offer proven strategies for employing the power of language to speak and lead better.

A professional conference focusing on effective communication will be held on the campus of Northwestern College Aug. 10 through 12. The Northwestern Leadership Series conference, titled Courageous Communication, will offer proven strategies for employing the power of language to speak and lead better. The conference is being sponsored by Northwestern College’s Graduate School and the college’s Franken Leadership Center in partnership with Pizza Ranch. Sessions will cover successful negotiating; conflict resolution; crafting powerful presentations; messaging that motivates; and using technology and remote communication to expand your business, brand and ability to get everyone on the same page. Keynote speakers include former news anchor Kristie VerMulm. Among the other speakers will be Dr. Chris Gurrie, a communication scholar at the University of Tampa; Paul Ten Haken, president of Click Rain, a digital marketing firm in Sioux Falls; Scott Peterson, CEO of Interstates Companies; Dr. Rick Melmer, South Dakota’s former secretary of education; and Angela Ten Clay, communication manager for Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and president of the Iowa chapter of the American Marketing Association. Sessions will also be led by three college presidents: Greg Christy of Northwestern College, Kurt Dykstra of Trinity Christian College and Dr. Alethea Stubbe of Northwest Iowa Community College. Conference registration is open until July 27; the Courageous Communication fee is $400 until July 15 and $450 starting July 16. Northwestern College alumni can attend the conference at a discounted rate of $350. Overnight accommodations are separate from the conference fee and are being provided by the Hampton Inn, Orange City, and the Holiday Inn Express, Sioux Center. Visit www.nwciowa.edu/lead for conference details and to register.


Northwest Iowa….A Land Beyond Expectations! We’re proud of our region and all the wonderful communities in Northwest Iowa. Northwest Iowa Development (NWID), the regional economic development partnership devoted to marketing the region has created the “A Land Beyond Expectations” video that captures our regional pride in a lively and entertaining way. The video was produced for NWID by an outstanding young Iowa-based video production firm….Iowa Filmmakers.

Iowa Filmmakers was founded in 2011 by Paul D. Benedict, Scott Siepker, and Brendan Dunphy as a creative troupe specializing in digital film and video. They exist to bring the world great film from a state not usually associated with filmmaking. Their work is varied in style and format, but the emphasis is always on telling a good story.

In 2012, their viral-hit video Iowa Nice received over one million views and was featured by CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the BBC. An NBC commentator called it “the funniest political ad to come out of Iowa.” The short film was later selected as an official honoree by the Webby Awards, the highest awards ceremony for digital media. The Iowa Nice character later went on to have his own segment on ESPN’S College Football Daily, which aired twice weekly for a national audience.

Please enjoy our video, Northwest Iowa “Beyond Expectations”.

Special thanks to ICAN Advertising for airing a :30 second version of this video on cable networks throughout Iowa.

Today Travel Iowa launched a new series of videos promoting Iowa and our very own Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium is one of the featured locations!

We are so pleased to see one of our own community gems highlighted in such a way.  Check out the video below and follow the link to see them all! Watch the first video to get the background on the new Travel Iowa series  “Napoleon’s Folly” to learn about his regret of selling Iowa inn the Louisiana Purchase then watch Napoleon’s Best Bites to see the clip that was shot at Blue Mountain. Visit Blue Mountain online.

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Northwest Iowa to debut Dream Big Grow Here Contest

The economic development organizations in northwest Iowa are teaming up to bring the statewide Dream Big Grow Here business grant contest to our region for the first time. The Dream Big Grow Here contest is an opportunity for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current business. The contest allows entrepreneurs the chance to submit their dreams to start or expand a business then encourage friends, family, and customers to vote for them online. The finalists will compete in a pitch off for a chance to win thousands in cash prizes.

From now until January 31st, entrepreneurs in Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties can submit their business or startup ideas to www.DreamBigGrowHere.com. Those submitting an idea will choose one of six industry categories from which to apply. The six industry categories include: Pre-revenue, Retail/Wholesale, Hospitality/ Restaurants, Ag/Production, Professional Services, and Manufacturing/Bioscience/ Information Technology.

Voting on the submitted ideas will take place February 16th – March 1st. During the voting period, the entrepreneur will recruit others to vote for their entry at www.DreamBigGrowHere.com. The top vote getter, along with four other selections from each industry category will advance to the statewide pitch off at the statewide entrepreneurial conference, EntreFest, in Iowa City on May 21, 2015. Each entrepreneur that advances in their industry category will compete against the other industry finalists for a chance to win $5,000. The winners of each industry category will then advance to the finals the evening of May 21st for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000.

All entrepreneurs advancing to the statewide contest will also have access to the University of Northern Iowa’s Business Concierge services, as well as receive personalized coaching and mentoring from VentureNet Iowa to prepare their pitch.

As an added bonus, the economic development organizations in northwest Iowa will also host a regional Dream Big Grow Here contest in April. This regional contest will allow the top 5 vote getters in northwest Iowa to refine their pitches, showcase their ideas, and compete in a regional pitch off event for $5,000. Additional details about the regional contest will be announced in March.

The Northwest Iowa regional contest is organized by the City of Sioux City, Northwest Iowa Developers, and The Siouxland Initiative and includes the following counties: Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury. To learn more or to enter the contest, please visit www.DreamBigGrowHere.com or email rbillings@sioux-city.org.

Hampton Inn of Orange City, one of the region’s newest hotels, is offering a free night’s stay for families of hospitalized patients at Orange City Area Health System during Christmas. Anyone with a family member who is hospitalized on Christmas Eve or Christmas night may book up to two complimentary rooms at the hotel.

“Being in the hospital over Christmas can mean being away from family,” noted Brock Jensen, manager of the Orange City Hampton Inn. “Often the cost of accommodation can keep family from visiting. We want to do our part in eliminating that cost for traveling families of hospitalized patients. It is our hope to help bring families together and to enjoy a very Merry Christmas. ”

ocahsMarty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System, added, “We are grateful for the generous offer from the Hampton Inn in supporting those whose loved ones are under our care. We appreciate their support of these families, as well as the impact that the Hampton is making in our community on many fronts.”

Hampton Inn opened its doors in Orange City in August, 2014, and has since earned five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. According to Jensen, its location on the Highway 10 East corridor near the hospital, and close to several eating establishments, make it a convenient and comfortable place for guests coming to northwest Iowa, particularly those who are visiting hospital patients.

Patients who are hospitalized overnight on December 24 or 25 will receive a voucher from Hampton Inn for the complimentary hotel rooms. For more information or to make reservations, contact Hampton at 712-707-4100. Reservations will be held at the regular rate until the voucher is presented upon check-in.