Tamara Lowney

Lowney is new leader at IEDC

Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will have new leadership in the new year.

Hill City native Tamara Lowney will bring diverse experience and passion for business and economic development to lead the organization in establishing a strategic plan and vision for Itasca County. Lowney will officially start as president at IEDC on Jan. 7, 2019.

“Tamara will not only bring a solid business acumen to this role, but an ardent focus on engaging the community,” says IEDC Chair, Frank Frederickson. “She has been working in Itasca County for the past three years in her previous role at Area Partnership in Economic Expansion (APEX), and is well connected in both the public and private sectors.”

Lowney worked 17 years with ARAMARK, in various roles throughout the US and internationally. She has hospitality leadership experience, first managing hotels in Alaska, and finally leading key facilities and thousands of workers at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.

For the past three years Lowney has worked throughout the region as a senior business developer for APEX. In that role, she worked several days a week exclusively in Itasca County and has developed key relationships with businesses, leaders, and partners here. Lowney comes into this role equipped with a clear understanding of the Itasca area’s assets and challenges. Utilizing this knowledge, she will focus on projects and opportunities that promote growth in business and economic development.

Lowney has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with a Management Emphasis, from Bemidji State University. She lives locally with her husband and young daughter.

“I am thrilled to take on this new role and engage at a higher level in Itasca County,” Lowney comments. “There are many great opportunities here, and I am focused on working with our communities and partners to ensure we get the work done.”

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