As part of this position as State Representative, which you allow me to hold, I feel it is my duty to be a cheerleader of a sort for House District 1. As such, a great new program has come to my attention and I would like to share it with you. The Program is started by the Iowa Lakes Corridor of Opportunity and is called Five by Five. Five by Five involves increasing our region’s population five percent in five years. The power of this promotion is in people sharing it and talking about it. I believe we can grow by more than five percent if we work together and share this information. We have a great place to live and a great place to raise a family. In fact, we have more jobs than people, which is why we need to grow.
Now, House District 1 encompasses more than the Corridor’s area, but the principle is still the same. Share this and talk about Dickinson, Osceola and Lyon Counties opportunities. The three counties are not much different and only separated by a short distance.
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation and its marketing partners are readying first-class videos and other marketing materials that will empower you and other Community Champions to showcase our region in 2017.
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporations Five by Five's Goal is to increase the regional population five percent in five years by connecting people who are open to relocation with great local jobs and living opportunities. Together we can entice others from all over the country to relocate here in NW Iowa by showing them what we have to offer.
A win-win for everyone, right? I think so and that is why I am so passionate about Five by Five.
As you gather with friends and family this holiday season, please remember to talk about the wonderful dynamics of the Lakes region and NW Iowa, whether it is recreation, new housing, or the many innovative employers looking for qualified and gifted people; let others know about the many great things happening here.
We who live here really do enjoy an incredible quality of life. Why not brag about it?
What You Can Do Now:
If someone you know wishes to explore local job opportunities, invite them to visit any of the following websites (or others that I haven’t included):
· Iowa Lakes Corridor
· Dickinson County News
· Iowa Works
· Estherville News
· Lakes News Shopper
· Spencer Daily Reporter
Those who are interested in signing up as a Community Champion can do so at lakescorridor.com/champion. I would encourage you to do this, at the very least, as it is easy and all you have to do is share the upcoming videos and stories on Social Media. You are already using it so I would encourage you to be a source of growth for the area by simply sharing.
As part of the Five by Five Campaign, the Corridor is gathering stories of individuals and families who have relocated to the region. If you know anyone who fits that bill, please let them know. Five by Five is all about telling good stories.
Again, I and the Iowa Lakes Corridor says a heartfelt "thank you" to all Community Champions. We, in the community look forward to the excitement in the New Year as we all work closely with you on the worthwhile job of welcoming newcomers to our home here in Northwest Iowa.
Enjoy a safe and happy Holiday Season and the best wishes for 2017!
Representative John H. Wills
Update from the Statehouse from Representative John H. Wills