Viking Bank, Alomere Health to be honored during Business and Industrial Appreciation Day
Since 1984, an outstanding Alexandria area business or organization has been selected as the BIAD recipient and has been honored for their significant contribution to the social and economic vitality of the Douglas County region.
The 2021 Business and Industrial Appreciation Day event is fast approaching and will honor BIAD recipient Viking Bank for its many contributions to the Alexandria area.
Also being honored at this year’s event is Alomere Health. The newly created Legacy Award honors a past BIAD Award recipient for continuing to make an impact in the community. Alomere Health (formerly Douglas County Hospital) won the BIAD award in 1988. In years since, the hospital has experienced extensive growth and numerous achievements, and is being honored as this year’s Legacy Award recipient.
The annual BIAD event will be held, Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center on Lake Darling. Tickets to attend the event are currently for sale online at: https://livingalexarea.ticketleap.com/biad-2021/ or by contacting Abby Strom at the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission, firstname.lastname@example.org or (320) 763-4545.
Viking Bank was started in Alexandria in 1981 when a group of Alexandria residents brought the association into legal existence. In 2007, Viking Savings was sold to another group of local owners which insured that the bank would remain an independent locally owned and operated financial institution. The name has since changed from Viking Savings to Viking Bank to better reflect the wide range of banking services they are able to provide.
Viking Bank currently has 26 employees in their Alexandria location and 6 others in their Ashby location. In 2016, it was evident that once again additional space was needed. Construction began in the spring of 2016, and in January 2017 the bank relocated from Broadway to Dakota Street in Alexandria, giving them space to continue to grow their team. In 2019, Viking Bank again had the opportunity grow, this time by expanding to a second location through acquisition of the First State Bank of Ashby.
Over the past 40 years, Viking Bank has contributed to the Alexandria Area through the United Way, Alexandria Public Schools, Alexandria YMCA, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria Technical & Community College, Alexandria Veterans Park, Ducks Unlimited, Habitat for Humanity, Jingle Bells Foundation, Junior Achievement, Kiwanis, Relay for Live, Rotary, Salvation Army and Viking Sportsmen.
This event will be a celebration of the success and growth of Viking Bank and the continued commitment and impact of Alomere Health.
Look for more details on the history and growth of Viking Bank in the upcoming Echo Press publication on Friday, Oct. 22nd.
Business and Industrial Appreciation Day
Since 1984, an outstanding Alexandria area business or organization has been selected as the BIAD recipient and has been honored for their significant contribution to the social and economic vitality of the Douglas County region through creation of jobs, business investment, and community development efforts.
The local celebration has been recognized as one of the largest and longest standing annual events of its type in greater Minnesota with attendance from regional citizens, business persons, and government officials from the area.
The honored company is selected by the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce based on:
Growth in number of employees; the impact of the business on the job market
Increase in sales and/or unit volume; an indication of continued growth
Capital Investment; an indication of commitment by the business to increase community capacity
Community Contributions; evidence of the business’s investment of time, skills, and resources to assist in community oriented projects
For more information on the 2021 BIAD Award, contact Abby Strom at the AAEDC (320) 763-4545 or Jess Ptacek at the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce (320) 763-3161.