Spencer is the first town in Iowa to be a Certified Blue Zones Community, a statewide initiative to help Iowans live longer, healthier, more fulfilling lives through improvements in the environment, policy, and social networks. With a downtown on the National Register of Historic Places, Spencer also embraces its beautiful and creative history with the Spencer Community Theater, Arts on Grand, and various public art displays.
Every September, 300,000 visitors flock to Spencer for the Clay County Fair, the largest county fair in the state of Iowa. It not only features a huge agricultural exposition, but it also introduces strangers as would-be friends, increasing the town’s network of industry and recreational activities.
That mixing of business and pleasure is a big part of Spencer’s draw, especially since it lies on the Iowa Lakes Corridor, close to the area’s hottest vacation spots of Storm Lake, Lake Okoboji, and the Emmet County Water Trail. This all means that when you live in Spencer, you’ll never be far from work, home, or a good time.
As a Home Base community, Spencer businesses made a collective pledge to hire returning military veterans who matched needed skill sets. Its growing service, retail, and manufacturing industries offer work opportunities for people with a wide range of education and interests; its easy living and slower, small town pace give you a chance to tip the work-life balance scale in your favor.
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Featuring both private and public education for its area children, Spencer has a firm commitment to a challenging and rewarding curriculum. It is also home to the Iowa Lakes Community College and a satellite office for Buena Vista University, for those students and residents looking to extend or enhance their current education.
While the Clay County Fair shouldn’t be missed, Spencer has something going on all year round. From the Clay County Regional Events Center to the area parks and trails, there’s always something to do.
There are several ways to keep tabs on Spencer-area events, news, and local flavor, and this link will get you headed in the right direction.
From its Young Professionals group to its “Eggs and Issues” forums, the Spencer Chamber is deeply involved in the growth and development of its treasured town. Residents and businesses benefit from this continued resolve to get and keep Spencer on the map.