Mike Earll Recognized at NWID Partner Meeting

Mike Earll, retired Osceola County Economic Development Commission (OCEDC) Executive Director, was 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.


Two people were recognized for their contributions to the NWID organization with Awards of Appreciation. Mike Earll, retired educator and former NWID board member representing Osceola County was recognized for his efforts with NWID, Osceola County Economic Development Commission and the Hawkeye Point Foundation. Patty Anderson, retired Hartley city administrator and former NWID chairperson, was recognized for her career of dedication to public service and community development.


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 Diamond Vogel 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.


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 LeMars. For more information, visit www.northwestiowa.com or contact your local economic development organization.