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Toledo Council reverses decision: Stays with Tama County Economic Development

May 23, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

With a new economic development director in place, the Toledo City council voted 5-0 on May 13 to maintain membership in the Tama County Economic Development Commission. Katherine Ollendieck, who took over the post on April 9, was again before the council to urge the city's continuance on Monday night.

She pledged to keep the council updated on activities and reviewed the just-completed effort for application for the county's designation as an Iowa Great Places. She also related an application was to be made for an award from the Iowa Banker's Association and she had inquires from a couple of small businesses for Toledo locations and possible inclusion of the closed Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls in the Home Base Iowa program.

Council members voted 3-2 on Jan. 14 to drop out of the Economic Development Commission at the end of the current membership term on July 1. Communication between then-director Heath Kellogg and the council had arose as an issue with some members.

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Katherine Ollendieck

Kellogg resigned on Jan. 31 from the position he had held for some five and one-half years.

The Tama County Economic Development commission membership is made up of 10 cities in the county, the county, itself, and the Meskwaki Settlement.



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