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Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Announces New Business Development VP

October 11, 2021 2:08pm

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has announced the hiring of Tom Nelson as its new Vice President of Business Development.

Nelson will be replacing former VP and Entrepreneur-in-Residence Brian Dalziel, who resigned earlier this year after 11 years with the Corridor.

“I am incredibly excited to bring my passion and diverse background to the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation,” said Nelson. “Since I was young, this region has been special to me; I look forward to being a part of an organization whose mission is to foster its growth. The Corridor is a strong organization with an excellent opportunity to take advantage of new ideas and energy.”

Nelson currently works for the Minnesota-based Community and Economic Development Associates. In that position, Nelson successfully administered numerous loan funds, created new programs for business development, oversaw the construction of multiple projects, negotiated incentive packages, and led a robust entrepreneur support program.

“Mr. Nelson will be a great addition to the Corridor team, bringing a strong skillset related to entrepreneurship and business services while also having knowledge of the region,” Corridor President & CEO Shannon Landauer said. “We look forward to expanding the offerings at the Corridor with the expertise that he brings to the team!”

Nelson is a graduate of Bethel University, where he studied Organizational Communications, Political Science and Leadership Studies. He has been a Soldier in the Minnesota Army National Guard since 2013, joining as an enlisted soldier. Since then, he has been commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer.  Nelson is a member of the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion and is the former director of the Minnesota American Legion Boy’s State Program.

Nelson will start his new role at the Corridor next Monday, October 18th. Iowa Lakes Corridor Development serves Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, and Emmet counties.