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Katherine Ollendieck is named the new Tama Co. Economic Development Director

April 29, 2019
Special to The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The Tama County Economic Development Commission (TCEDC) announces the selection of Katherine Ollendieck as its new Economic Development Director. She began her new position on Tuesday, April 9.

Ollendieck brings more than 20 years of economic development experience and is closely tied to Tama County.

Ollendieck is married with two children, daughter Abigail is a senior at UNI and son Sam is a senior at Union Community School District. Katherine and husband, Doug, have called rural Dysart home for 25 years.

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Katherine Ollendieck

Ollendieck replaces former director Heath Kellogg.

"Katherine has a relationship with our County and she will be able to tell our story easily. She is an effective leader with a long history of making projects happen in Tama County" said County Supervisor and TCEDC member Larry Vest.

Ollendieck has spent the past 20 years as an independent consultant and grant writer, assisting Iowa communities to secure grant funds for community development projects. She served as the Benton County Economic Development Director prior to that.

Ollendieck stated, "I am ready to hit the ground running. I have spent my career fighting for Iowa communities and it has been incredibly rewarding. I'm truly looking forward to the opportunity to work for the people I call friends and neighbors. I love where I'm from and believe in my heart that Iowa is a truly special place."

Ollendieck, together with community partners and leaders, will oversee Tama County's economic development initiatives.

TCEDC President Tom Brandt stated, "Katherine was selected from a pool of qualified candidates. She has a proven track record of effective leadership and strategic planning. We believe her enthusiasm and experience will serve Tama County well."

 
 

 

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