Well-Rounded Business Environment
The Spencer area offers a well-rounded environment for business and industry — including an active and historic downtown, steady retail sales, several shovel-ready industrial sites, a spec building, and a skilled and available workforce. The Spencer Chamber of Commerce, Spencer Industries, and the Iowa Great Lakes Corridor of Opportunity, the region’s economic development organization, work cooperatively in an effort to assist and support existing and prospective business and industry in Spencer, Clay and Dickinson Counties.
The Spencer area is home to a variety of thriving businesses and industries, progressive companies and successful ventures. The area workforce is highly educated, motivated and productive. There is an ample pool of predominantly non-union labor that wants to live and stay in this area. Iowa Lakes Community College and Buena Vista University provide excellent opportunities for continuing education, job training and higher-education degree programs. Businesses find strong and cooperative financial institutions and utilities that are extremely competitive and ready to assist.
We encourage you to find out more about the attractive business climate of the community and region and consider Spencer for your new business location. For more information about economic development opportunities, contact the Iowa Great Lakes Corridor of Opportunity at 1.800.765.1428 or www.lakescorridor.com.
Spencer Main Street Company
Spencer’s Main Street has long been an integral part of the community. Spencer is a Main Street Iowa community. The progressive downtown revitalization program was conceived in 1977 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. In 1985, the Iowa Legislature adopted the National Main Street Center’s approach to downtown revitalization by approving the establishment of Main Street Iowa within the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Spencer joined the ranks in 1987.
Recently, Spencer’s Main Street Company worked closely with the City of Spencer to upgrade Main Street’s infrastructure. The project included new streetlights, sidewalks, benches and planters that feature the Art Deco motif of the 1930s. An outdoor sound system was also installed to enhance the atmosphere of the downtown for shopping and various programs such as Grand Meander, Crazy Days and Flagfest.
National Register and Cultural District
The Spencer Main Street is also currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and nearly two-thirds of the downtown buildings are within a historic district. In 2004, it also became part of the Iowa Cultural District — one of a few in the state.
The State Historical Society of Iowa certified 10 cultural districts in eight communities across Iowa in 2004, and Spencer was in the mix. As a community with a cultural district, Spencer Main Street is an area recognized with a high concentration of cultural facilities which serve as an anchor.
The Spencer Main Street Company also participated in the refurbishment project undertaken by the Spencer Housing Investment Company. This project created several state-of-the-art downtown apartment units out of vacant or poorly utilized second floor spaces. The project added significant value to the properties by creating desirable rental space in the downtown area.
For more information about Spencer Main Street Company, contact Bob Rose at 712.262.7246 or visit www.spenceria.org/mainstreet.