–Members of the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation were on hand for a ceremony in West Bend Wednesday where they were presented the BEST of Iowa Excellence Award. Bruce Hansen serves as the Vice President for Business Development with the Iowa Area Development Group, and he presented the award to K/PAEDC Executive Director Maureen Elbert.
The mission of the BEST Program is to meet with companies in Iowa to identify local economic trends, business needs and opportunities. Hansen says meeting with area business leaders can shape how the government leaders shape their economic policy decisions.
During a ceremony held at the Country Maid facility in West Bend, Elbert thanked her staff and board of directors for helping with the process of contacting and meeting with businesses all over Kossuth and Palo Alto counties. She says the information gathered from those meetings is vital, especially in rural areas.