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Palo Alto County's Most Valuable CROP

March 14, 2017
Emmetsburg News

Letter to the Editor

At Sunday nights Palo Alto Gaming & Development Awards Event, Norlyn Stowell expressed a passionate comment on Palo Alto County's most valuable crop: Our children that graduate high school each spring! He asked that we find opportunities to bring them back to Palo Alto County. One economic development group has been working hard at this. The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation's Intern Program is in its 18th year. The Intern Program was developed in 1999 as a method to keep, or bring back, the best crop that we produce, our high school and college graduates. It was developed as a means of securing a future workforce in the area. Approximately 25 businesses participate in the Intern Program each summer which equates to 50+ Interns. Area businesses that have participated in the program, to date, have hired FULL time, 116 past Interns.

The Intern Program has grown and been enhanced over the years. We have the Career-Intern Committee, made up of business representatives and past Interns. They volunteer to work and plan the various Intern events throughout the summer. This committee is truly volunteering their time to make a difference for our area.

The Interns participate in networking events and skill building training sessions each summer. Including: Resume writing, mock interviews, Social Media/cell phone & dining etiquette, Advanced Excel, and Future Financial planning, Most of this training is facilitated by volunteer area business representatives. These networking events allow interns a chance to become acquainted with each other and provides an opportunity to network with area CEO's and company managers. The goal of this program is to show our young people the unlimited career opportunities we have in this area. We are seeing a positive trend: when past Palo Alto county graduates are ready to start their families, they start looking for opportunities in our area!

I encourage area businesses to explore and use the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation's Intern Program. Your support will make a difference. Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development has a data base of past Interns and sends then area employment opportunities.

One last note: THANK YOU to retiring Board Members Norlyn Stowell and Lloyd Petersen for their foresight and leadership of Palo Alto Gaming & Development and their loyal support of Palo Alto County!

(signed) Harry Bormann, Cylinder Palo Alto Economic Development Treasurer & Cylinder City Council Member



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