|Rand Fisher, President of IADG, presents Kathy Evert, President and CEO of Iowa Lakes Corridor, with the Silver Shovel Award.
Spencer, Iowa - Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), honored Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation and President & CEO Kathy Evert with the Silver Shovel Award at a gathering at King’s Pointe in Storm Lake on June 24.
The Silver Shovel Award honors outstanding leadership, innovation and achievement in business and community development. In presenting the award Rand Fisher, president of IADG, highlighted numerous accomplishments of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation. Fisher recognized their comprehensive approach to economic development in leading business and community development efforts with entrepreneurship, existing industry, new business and industrial locations. Kathy Evert was recognized for her leadership as past President of the Professional Developers of Iowa and MidAmerica Economic Development Council; as well as her collaboration in advancing the vitality of the Iowa Lakes region. Recent business growth within the region includes the new Green Industrial Center in Spencer with the recent addition of the DuPont Pioneer Distribution Warehouse as a tenant; the recently opened East Lakes Industrial Park in Spirit Lake with new tenant Federal Express; and expansion of Polaris in Spirit Lake, to name a few. Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation was nominated for the award by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative and Corn Belt Power Cooperative.
The Silver Shovel Award also brought with it a $1,000 contribution from the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation. The financial award will allow Iowa Lakes Development Corporation to advance economic development through contributions to local 501c3 organizations. The IADG Community Foundation was established to facilitate community based philanthropy throughout rural Iowa, promote entrepreneurship and advance economic development.
“It is humbling and it is an honor to be recognized by our peers. Our success is due to great working relationships with partnerships like Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Corn Belt Power Cooperative and Iowa Area Development Group,” said Kathy Evert.
The Silver Shovel Award was established to recognize significant accomplishments of our rural development partners. IADG was established in 1985 to help its utility sponsors and their communities promote and foster economic development. The organization and its utility sponsors have been instrumental in facilitating over 1,700 projects, $6 billion in investment and creating over 40,000 jobs for rural Iowa.