CEO Network Meeting

April 12, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Maureen Elbert, Executive Director, K/PACEDC
(515) 295-7979

K/PACEDC to hold CEO Network Meeting on
April 11th at KC Hall in Algona

The Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation will sponsor a CEO Network Meeting on Friday, April 26 at the KC Hall in Algona from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Maureen Elbert, Executive Director, stated “We are excited about our guest speakers, Val Newhouse and Darin Massner, who will be speaking about the STEM Program in Iowa.”  STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and math. "Our goal is inform business leaders of this program and how it will impact their workforce in the future.  We also want to inspire and encourage students to take this coursework so they can start to see the impact these classes have on their life and the great careers students can have in the future," Elbert said.

Iowa Lakes Community College was designated one of six STEM Hubs in Iowa in May, 2012.  Val Newhouse and Mark Gruwell will be on hand to share history and progress with this exciting venture elevating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the K-12 classrooms across the area. STEM Careers are a growing segment of high paying prospective jobs in the future, and Iowa is positioning itself to be a leader in this area.
Darin Massner, CEO of Country Maid, will share their experience sponsoring a group of kids in a STEM based initiative called "First Lego League" or FLL. Skills and experiences acquired by the FLL team will be shared, along with observations by a FLL team coach. The FLL experience was a powerful motivator for the participants to learn about STEM principles, and Country Maid is excited to continue support for the FLL programs as a result of what the FLL team accomplished and what they learned.

The cost to attend the event is $10 per person and includes lunch.  For more information and to register to attend, call the K/PACEDC office at 515-295-7979, or email  Please register by April 19, 2013.

Contact Us

Maureen Elbert,
Executive Director
106 S. Dodge Street
Suite 210
Algona, IA  50511
Ph: 515-295-7979
Fax: 515-295-8873

8:00-5:00 M-Thursday
8:00-2:00 Friday




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