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2016 K/PACEDC Intern Breakfast
May 18, 2016
7:30 a.m.
Algona KC Hall

K/PACEDC Intern Breakfast Held May 18, 2016

ALGONA - The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation held their annual Intern Breakfast on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30 am at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Algona. There were over 80 people in attendance.
This year’s motivational speaker was Bill Northey.  Northey is a fourth-generation farmer and currently Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Growing corn and soybeans on his farm near Spirit Lake, Northey started farming with his grandfather after graduating from Iowa State University in 1981. Northey was sworn into office in January of 2007, running on a platform of expanding opportunities in renewable energy, promoting conservation and stewardship, and telling the story of Iowa agriculture. Northey has been a leader in a variety of farm groups throughout his career and is committed to traveling to each of Iowa’s 99 counties to hear from farmers and rural residents.

Bill Northey spoke to the interns about his life experiences and the opportunities that an internship provides and reasons to stay in our local area.  Iowa has a large number of businesses, and there is a lot of exciting world class activities going on right here.  “Summer will go fast.  Take advantage of every day, each event, and get to know other interns and companies,” stated Northey.  “Understand more about the business and non business skills that make a good employee.  Ask yourself, ‘How do I learn more about what is going on?’” added Northey.   

Maureen Elbert, Executive Director of K/PACEDC said, “We are very thankful to have Bill Northey speak to our interns at the breakfast this year.  His message for interns is to take their internships as an opportunity to learn something about their employer’s business, learn from each other, become involved with their communities, make friends and build lasting relationships.”

Steve Hoskins, Senior VP Life & Agency Operations, Pharmacists Mutual Companies, followed up being the Master of Ceremonies by pointing out some constructive highlights on the importance for CEO’s and business leaders to interact and mentor with interns, learn from the people around you, and know that there are opportunities for growth right here in our area.  Scott Curtis, Administrator, Kossuth Regional Health Center, discussed the importance of mentoring and his experience.

Other speakers at this year’s breakfast were Kathryn Wirtz, Autumn Wirtz, Brianna Marso, Tiffany Wagner, Bob Jennings, Gus Marmaras, and Nick Roethler who serve on the Career-Intern Committee.  The Intern Program has grown and been enhanced over the years.  K/PACEDC’s Career-Intern Committee plans and volunteers to work at the various intern skill building sessions and events throughout the summer.  Maureen Elbert stated, “This is a fun group that is truly volunteering their time to make a difference for our area.  We have so many examples of college graduates that have returned to our area either following graduation or after years being in the workforce and starting a family.”

The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Career-Intern Program was developed seventeen years ago by K/PACEDC as a means of guaranteeing a future workforce in the counties.  Elbert said, “The program encourages young adults to locate here following college and bring new businesses to the area. This program also gives them true skill building training sessions that will hopefully enhance their ability to obtain a good job and make them a committed, productive employee and community leader.”

For more information on the Intern Program, contact Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation at (515) 295-7979 or at kcedc@kossuthia.com.


Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, was this year’s guest speaker.  He spoke on his life experiences and the opportunities a summer internship provides.



2016 Interns participating in the K/PACEDC Summer Intern Program.
Also pictured:  Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.



Steve Hoskins, Senior VP Life & Agency Operations, Pharmacists Mutual Companies, presented as Master of Ceremonies at this year’s Intern Breakfast.



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