Spencer, IA (ILCDC)–Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Kathy Evert has announced her future departure after leading the regional economic development organization for nine years.
“This past year has been a very difficult one for me personally, and I’ve decided to take a break to focus on the next chapter of my life, whatever that may be,” said Evert. “I have every intention to remain in the Iowa Lakes Corridor region. It’s been my home for nearly nine years; I’ve made many friends here, love the area, and am so grateful for the love and support I’ve received.”
Iowa Lakes Corridor Board of Directors president Brad Simington said that Evert has brought exceptional vision and a results orientation to her tenure leading the economic development organization that serves Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties.
“Over the past nine years Kathy has moved the Corridor in a positive direction and has worked collaboratively within the region to achieve significant progress,” stated Simington. “We have been very pleased with her leadership; however, we understand her decision and wish her the very best in the future.”
During Evert’s tenure, the Corridor region expanded to include Emmet and Buena Vista counties. She has brought an increased focus on entrepreneurship to the area, along with a strong emphasis on workforce talent and attraction. Evert launched the esteemed Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute, which has received attention throughout the entire state of Iowa, and has helped to bring numerous new businesses and jobs to the region.
Simington announced that a search committee will be established to recruit and hire a new CEO. It will include both Corridor board members and investors of the organization. Evert has agreed to continue to lead the Corridor until a replacement is hired later this year.
“I am committed to continuing the successful execution of the plan and goals set for the organization this year,” Evert said. “I want to do all I can to assist in a seamless transition with the Board of Directors, staff and next CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.”
According to Simington, the Corridor will continue to focus on the future of economic development and supporting job growth within the four-county region.
“Kathy, her staff and the Corridor board have just completed a very successful funding campaign and are currently working on an aggressive range of goals to serve the area,” Simington said. “This includes enhancing housing access in the region and developing innovative programs to help advance the workers needed to support anticipated job growth over the next three to five years.”
Simington shared that work is already underway to move forward with the CEO recruitment process.
“We are confident that the Corridor region, with all its unique qualities and the attractive nature of this job, will draw the interest of some very strong candidates,” Simington stated.
This Press Release was sent from the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.