EAGLE GROVE - Eagle Grove is a very progressive community with lots of things going for it, according to Lisa Knigge, Eagle Grove Chamber of Commerce executive director.
Since taking the job four months ago, Knigge has been getting her feet wet, so to speak, by tackling chamber membership and a handful of scheduled events and activities, including an annual memorial bowling outing fundraiser and a ladies night out .
Knigge said she likes the enthusiasm of the chamber members and the community as a whole, as she meets and greets people in Eagle Grove.
"Our board of directors is very supportive and hard working," she said. "They want to have good things happen here."
Knigge brings a dozen years of experience to the job, having previously worked with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and its predecessor agencies.
Like many smaller, rural communities, Eagle Grove wants to prosper and grow - and Knigge shares their desire, she said.
"We have a great small-town community," she said. "Our school system is a good one. We have a great quality of life. We want to be able to showcase our strengths and keep a portion of our young people here and to focus on our strengths as we keep and recruit other businesses, employment opportunities, and people to reside here."
One of the highlights for Knigge was a new owner and manager meeting.
"There were several younger people at one of our ag businesses who attended," she said. "Others who came were an opportunity for networking. It was especially good for me as someone new to the community to get to know a number of people at the same time."
The Eagle Grove summer calendar of events is quite packed, including the annual Chamber Golf Outing on June 13. "Summer Fest," Eagle Grove's annual town celebration, kicks off June 28.
Meanwhile, Iowa Central Community College's Regional Career Academy will open in the community for the fall high school semester.
"The academy is locating at what was the National Guard Armory," said Knigge. "There are two pathways to begin: Bio-process Technology and Business Pathways. There will be four more tracts added in the near future."
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond and Webster City high schools will be sending a number of students to study at the Eagle Grove facility.
"I am very excited about the new study possibility here," said Knigge, "and what it could do for students in our area to give them a good start in the futures. I very much am enjoying what I am doing here with the people with whom I am working and the community as a whole."