NW Iowa Development Group Unveils Return Initiative

by Brian Wilson
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Iowans who grew up in four northwest Iowa counties may be eligible for incentives to return to the area after they earn a college degree. Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation represents Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet Counties. Curt Strouth, the foundation’s CEO, says the “Homegrown Talent” initiative will offer scholarships of up to six-thousand dollars.

The foundation is setting up a scholarship committee to review applications.

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Foundation will host a golf tournament in Spencer on August 5th as its first fundraiser for the project. Other communities have taken similar steps in hopes of luring natives to move back. For example, the City of Clinton and Clinton County have a Student Loan Assistance Program that provides eligible residents 30 dollars a month for up to five years to pay off student loan debt.


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