In July 2021, a Strategy Committee consisting of 20 regional representatives was created to guide this project. Committee members attended the Think-Tank, hosted Focus Group sessions, and have met monthly throughout the project.

Strategy Committee Members

  • Jasmine Almoayyed, VP Continuing Education, Kirkwood Community College
  • Mary Audia, Executive Director, Washington Economic Development Group
  • Kim Becicka, VP Continuing Education (retired), Kirkwood Community College
  • Jon Darsee, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Iowa
  • Eric Engelmann, Partner, ISA Ventures
  • Les Garner, President & CEO, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
  • Nick Glew, President, MEDCO
  • Katie Knight, President & CEO, United Way Johnson and Washington Counties
  • Karen Kurt, Executive Director, ECICOG
  • Derek Lumsden, Executive Director, Jones County Economic Development
  • Kate Moreland, President, ICAD
  • Doug Neumann, Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance
  • Brent Oleson, Deputy Director of Public Policy and Community Relations, Linn County
  • Jennifer Pratt, Community Development Director, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Kristin Roberts, President & CEO, United Way of East Central Iowa
  • Kate Robertson, Executive Director, Benton Development Group
  • Tracy Seeman, County Supervisor, Benton County
  • Rod Sullivan, County Supervisor, Johnson County
  • Janice Weiner, Councilwoman, City of Iowa City
  • Bob Yoder, County Supervisor, Washington County
  • Jon Zirkelbach, County Supervisor, Jones County


For more information about ECICOG’s CEDS Project, please contact:

Karen M. Kurt, Executive Director ECICOG
East Central Iowa Council of Governments
Phone: (319) 365-9941 Ext. 122