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Governmental Services Center
217 W. Fifth St., P.O. Box 1087
Spencer, IA 51301
Telephone: (712)  262-1971
 FAX: (712) 262-1963
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The Governmental Services Center, 217 W. Fifth St., Spencer, is the home of Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), the Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission (NWIPDC), and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS).

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) functions include job placement assistance, unemployment insurance, unemployment tax liability services, services for veterans, PROMISE JOBS, labor market information, dislocated worker programs, proficiency testing, career guidance assessments, and others. Call (712) 262-1971 for more information.

The Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission (NWIPDC) administers the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program, Welfare to Work, and School to Work. NWIPDC also offers assistance to member governmental bodies seeking financial and technical assistance for job and economic development, regional planning, zoning, housing, transportation, and other community issues. Call (712) 262-7225 for more information.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) provides counseling and guidance, training, and job placement assistance for persons identified as having a diagnosed disability. For more information on eligibility, call (712) 262-9585.

Other Regional partners and local agencies also use the center to meet with their customers and clients, including Lutheran Social Services and Experience Works.

In addition, the center also features a resource center with PC-based technology that allows job seekers access to the Internet, along with labor market information, resume assistance, and numerous other career-based software programs. Customers are also able to file their own claim for unemployment insurance and register for center services via an Intranet application in the resource center. Multiple PCs are currently available at no charge to center customers.

Services Available:

Resource Center 

  • Job information

  • Focus Careers Résumés

  • Career exploration assessments

  • Internet access

  • Labor Market Information

  • Typing tutorial

  • Proficiency testing in typing and 10-key

  • Word processing & spreadsheets

  • Brochures and pamphlets

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Job Information


  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Work Opportunity & Welfare to Work tax credits
  • Work Permits
  • Employers’ Council of Iowa
  • Veteran’s Representative
  • PROMISE JOBS and Lifeskills
  • Job and Career Fairs
  • NCRC Testing
  • Work Keys Testing
  • Tax liability Information
  • Reemployment Services
  • Required Posting Information
  • School-to-Work 

One-Stop Center Partners:

  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

  • Northwest Iowa Planning & Development Commission

Spencer Workforce Development Office
217 W. Fifth St.
PO Box 1087
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: (712) 262-1971
Fax: (712) 262-1963
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesday office hours are 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

About Spencer

Besides being a great place to live, Spencer offers residents and visitors numerous recreational and educational opportunities, excellent jobs and a wide variety of places to shop.

Located just minutes south of the Iowa Great Lakes, Spencer is the home of two golf courses, the Spencer Family YMCA, a new two-acre aquatic center, new biking and hiking trails, excellent schools, a regional cancer center, satellite campuses for both Iowa Lakes Community College and Buena Vista University, a community theater, an arts gallery, and a county museum housed in a period arts & crafts residence. 

Each fall, the Clay County Fair attracts hundreds of thousands of people to town for exhibits, musical entertainment, auto and horse racing, and lots of good eating! The 2014 fair will be Sept. 6-14.   Spencer also plays host to the three-day “Flagfest” celebration each June and the Northwest Amateur golf tournament in August.

Don’t just take our word for it. Pay us a visit at these web sites, or better yet, come and see what life has to offer you in northwest Iowa at:

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