Economic Development Partners

Evan Blakley
Executive Director Chamber & Development Council of Crawford County

Evan Blakley became Executive Director of the Chamber and Development Council of Crawford County in November 2012. The CDC is an organization of more than 200 investor/member businesses in Denison and Crawford County. Evan is responsible for the industrial, commercial and retail development efforts for...

Rita Frahm
Executive Director Ida County Economic Development

Rita Frahm helped form Ida County Economic Development in 2006. She is the economic developer for Ida County and also is an ag/commercial loan officer. Rita assists with strategic planning, grant writing, resource development & sustainability, STEM education development, financial assistance, business retention & expansion,...

Sarah Gomez
Executive Director Midwest Partnership Corporation

Sarah Gomez joined Midwest Partnership EDC in September 2009 as the organization's Office Manager, was promoted to Economic Development Coordinator in August 2011, and recently became Executive Director in November 2014. Originally from Rippey, Sarah is a graduate from AIB Institute of Business with Associates...

Rick Hunsaker
Executive Director Region XII Council of Governments

Rick Hunsaker is a graduate of Drake University, receiving a B.A. in 1988 and a Masters of Public Administration in 1990. He has served since 1995 as Executive Director of Region XII Council of Governments in Carroll, a regional agency serving 6 counties and 59...

Shannon Landauer
CEcD, Executive Director - Carroll Area Development Corporation

Shannon Landauer is the Executive Director of Carroll Area Development Corporation and Carroll Chamber of Commerce. She has been active in this positions since January 1, 2014. Her career in economic development began with Boone County Development Agency in Albion, Nebraska in November of 2005...

Ken Paxton
Executive Director Greene County Chamber of Commerce & Greene County Development Corp.

Moved to Greene County in February 2010 after holding similar positions in Howard County (Northeast Iowa) the previous four years. Has worked in Economic Development in various capacities the past twelve years. Graduated from University of Oregon with MBA, did Doctoral work at Florida State and University...

Brandy Ripley
Executive Director Sac Economic & Tourism Development

Brandy Ripley became Executive Director at Sac Economic and Tourism Development in February of 2016. Brandy is responsible for county-wide business retention and expansion, recruitment, tourism promotion, marketing/public relations, entrepreneurial support and community relations. Born and raised in Sac City, Brandy attended North Iowa Area...

Chris Whitaker
Local Assistance Director - Region XII Council of Governments

Chris Whitaker is a graduate of Iowa State University, receiving a B.S. Degree in Community and Regional Planning. Chris joined Region XII Council of Governments in 1998 as the COG’s Transportation Planner and was named Local Assistance Director in 2014. His duties at Region XII...

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