Economic Development Updates

May 28, 2019 - DeJong to Join the City of Urbandale as Assistant Director of Economic Development

Urbandale, IA – Aaron DeJong (dee-YOUNG) will join the City of Urbandale team as Assistant Director of Economic Development in July.

A native of Newton, Iowa, Aaron attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Community and Economic Development. He received his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Iowa. Aaron worked for the cities of Coralville and Dubuque in Iowa. In Dubuque, he led efforts to redevelop and revitalize historic districts and buildings downtown which helped support the successful investment and job creation of IBM in that city.

In 2012, DeJong assumed the role of Director of Economic Development in the City of Louisville, Colorado (population 21,000) which is located between Denver and Boulder. In Louisville, he managed the economic development activities of this growing suburban city including business retention and expansion, redevelopment and new investment recruitment.

“Aaron made his mark on Iowa economic development with his role in Dubuque’s successful recruitment of IBM to our state,” said Assistant City Manager/Director of Economic Development Curtis Brown. “I am pleased we are able to return his talent to Iowa to support Urbandale’s economic development and continued investment in the Urban Loop.”

DeJong will begin his work in mid-July. Aaron and his family will make their home in Urbandale.

“Urbandale continues to successfully provide value to its businesses. The community knows how to leverage its assets of location, infrastructure and accessibility,” said Aaron DeJong. “I am excited to be coming back home to Iowa, and in particular, Urbandale. The Urbandale community is poised to maintain and expand on its strong business-friendly climate.”

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