Site Selection and Workforce
LOIS is a national online location analysis tool designed for communities and economic development organizations to promote available site and building inventory. With its integrated GIS component, the tool uses customizable layers with market information, demographics, workforce, infrastructure, housing, business and industry. Visit LOIS to see what buildings and properties are currently available in Storm Lake.
Beacon is an interactive public access portal that allows users to view County and City information, public records and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) via an online portal.
A laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers. The Iowa Lakes Corridor has a Laborshed study updated every few years. All information reported in the laborshed analysis is based on the number of respondents. In 2022, 1,120 surveys were completed. The information reported is in aggregate form. The total potential laborforce from the four-county region of Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet is 116,046.
The laborshed analysis was conducted in the spring of 2022 following the collection of zip code information from area employers. The zip code information was entered into a geographical information system mapping program to generate the concentration levels and commuting patterns of employees in the region. Telephone surveys were then conducted on more than 1,100 residents/employees in the region between the ages of 18 and 64.