Economic Development Staff

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Aaron DeJong, Director of Economic Development

Aaron DeJong is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Urbandale, Iowa. Previously, DeJong was the Director of Economic Development of the City of Louisville, Colorado. DeJong has also held positions in the Economic Development Department of Dubuque, Iowa, and Coralville, Iowa. He has a BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA and a MA from the University of Iowa. Email Aaron or Connect with Aaron on Linkedin. Call Aaron at 515-251-1644

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Ebonee Woods, Economic Development Specialist

Ebonee Woods is the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Urbandale, Iowa. Previously, she served as the Business Partnerships Coordinator for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART). Woods has also held positions in (former) Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon’s administration and at Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS). Raised in Urbandale, Woods attended Lincoln University, a Historically Black College/University, in Jefferson City, MO. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Political Science and was a President’s Coin recipient. Email Ebonee or Connect with Ebonee on Linkedin. Call Ebonee at 515-251-1655

Ethics and Operating Principles

The purpose of the Economic Development department is to protect business and citizen investments and improve quality of life by designing and implementing strategies for tax base expansion and employment opportunities in Urbandale. In all that we do, we abide by a Code of Ethics and a set of Operating Principles.