In its 15th year of existence, the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation's Intern Program, under the direction of Maureen Elbert, once again proved to be a great experience. This year there were over 30 interns from 15 area businesses in Kossuth and Palo Alto counties that were involved in the many opportunities and training sessions K/PACEDC has to offer.
This year's program took the theme, "Interns Hold the Key to Success" because the interns truly believe that how successful they will someday be, lies within themselves.
KPACEDC's goal for the program is to provide opportunities to expand leadership, meet area business leaders, network, and underline the importance of volunteerism. On Wednesday, July 17, CEOs and interns across Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties gathered for the annual CEO/Intern Luncheon at the KC Hall in Algona. Our special guest, Bruce Nelson, former Iowa Hawkeye and Carolina Panther, who now farms in Emmetsburg, was the keynote speaker.
Bruce spoke to the group about his journey starting with playing football at Emmetsburg to walking on at Iowa, playing in the Super Bowl for the Panthers, and starting a development project on the lake along with his corn bailing business in Emmetsburg.
One piece of advice Bruce offered was to make sure you truly love what you do. Working hard to accomplish your goals by being focused, setting boundaries and being disciplined was another piece of advice he gave to the interns. Bruce gave great personal insight on how it takes failure to have success. Not all of your seeds will grow, but when one does, it does not stop.