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Roelofse resigns Tama County Economic Development post By John Speer Central Iowa Press

January 27, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
Lindi Roelofse resigned Monday as Tama County’s Economic Development director, a position she has held since Jan. 2, 2007. The Toledo City Council learned of Roelofse decision Monday night as they were about to take up the matter of continuing the city’s membership in the county-wide Economic Development Commission. Jim Roan, Toledo, vice president of executive board of the county Economic Development Commission informed the council of Roelofse’s status. He said the executive board had met that day and received Roelofse resignation. Other executive board members include Keith Sash, the president who is also Gladbrook mayor, Liz Horton, Vining and Dwayne Luze, Dysart. The executive board has been charged with naming the director. Roelofse replaced Deb Collum-Calderwood who served in the position for some six and one-half years.  Roelofse current pay is $52,924 annually. Roelofse announced her decision in a Twitter post on the Tama County Economic Development website http://tamacountyiowa.org/ posted at about 5 p.m. Monday. Toledo City Council members did not act on 2012-13 membership in the county group on Monday.   If there is no action by the date of Feb. 1 each year, a city is automatically committed to membership for another fiscal year beginning July 1. All 12 incorporated towns in Tama County and the rural areas are eligible for membership.  The City of Tama dropped its membership in the organization a year ago. Roan said Monday night it is hoped Tama will consider rejoining the effort. Here is the message posted on the Tama County Economic Development website: Executive Director moves forward Dear Tama County Stakeholders and friends: Just like Tama County Economic Development’s first economic developer dedicated about five years to Tama County, I have also committed half decade in service to you. We stood together through challenges, natural and man made disasters. Together we have survived floods, winter storms, straightline wind storms, through manufacturing plant closings, a national recession. And in spite of all this we triumphed. We increased our average county wage to a record high, started a record high number of our own home grown new companies, opened and expanded manufacturing plants, increased taxable sales double digits, have one of the lowest unemployment in the US. I am especially proud of all the new partnerships that has been built for the foundation of more future successes that many could not even imagine as possibilities 5 years ago. As we sit here today we have over $812 million seriously vested major capital investment projects in various stages of development. At least $111 million got a green light to start over the next 12 months. All this plus over a million dollars in directly facilitated investments through grants, and fundraising in exchange for local investment of a few hundred thousand. I hope you share in the pride that our last five years together produced a tremendous return on investment, and that you continue the momentum moving forward without me as your Executive Director. February 29, 2012 will be my last work day. My very best, Lindi Roelofse, MBA, HDFP, EDI Professional Economic Developer

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