Economic Development

Come and Discover What’s Great in Spirit Lake

Centrally located on US Hwy 71 and Iowa Hwy 9, Spirit Lake, Iowa is in the center of what is known as Iowa’s Great Lakes Region, which encompasses seven beautiful natural lakes. Spirit Lake’s local economy thrives on its rich mix of recreational, industrial and commercial businesses, making it a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Over the course of the past several years and continuing into 2016, the City of Spirit Lake is witnessing growth and investment of new and existing industrial, commercial and retail operations, renewed expansion of downtown retail and service businesses and unprecedented growth in multi residential development.

Spirit Lake has two industrial parks, both with necessary services and large lots available to accommodate commercial, industrial and manufacturing enterprises of virtually any size.

The City has also seen expansion and growth in the Spirit Lake Community School District – a school district with superior academic, arts and athletic programs.

The City of Spirit Lake works closely with the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce. We actively promote the area to prospective businesses and serve existing businesses. If you have questions regarding commercial or industrial development and local or state programs that may provide assistance, we can provide answers. The City of Spirit Lake also partners with the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation which is a source of expertise and resources concerning State of Iowa and other programs and incentives that may be available for new, relocating or expanding businesses.

Spirit Lake has various regulations regarding architectural standards to continue to improve the appearance of the City and its commercial districts.

For information concerning economic development incentives/programs/commercial, industrial, multi residential tax abatement please contact Gregg L. Owens, City Administrator.

City of Spirit Lake (located in downtown Spirit Lake)

Gregg L. Owens – City Administrator
1803 Hill Avenue
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce (located on Highway 9/71, 3 blocks west of downtown)
1710 Lincoln Ave. Suite D
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

The Chamber is affiliated with the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber serves the business community within the City and promotes civic activities.

Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation
520 2nd Avenue East, Suite 2
Spencer, IA 51301
712-264-3474 or 800-765-1428

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet Counties. Spirit Lake is the county seat of Dickinson County.