short descriptionLocal Smithfield Facility Demonstrates the Environmental & Economic Benefits of Zero-Waste-to-Landfill
Recently, Smithfield classified its Orange City facility as a zero-waste-to-landfill facility. Sustainability and environmental initiatives have become increasingly popular in the business community. This classification is just one example of how prioritizing environmental protection benefits local operations.
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.
“A LAND BEYOND EXPECTATIONS”
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.