IOWA CITY — Nancy Fowl, former govt director of the Iowa Metropolis Downtown District, has been named CEO of the newly merged Iowa Metropolis Space Growth and Iowa Metropolis Enterprise Partnership.

“These are two nice organizations coming collectively,” Fowl advised The Gazette. “Management on each boards have labored collectively to carry the 2 collectively seamlessly — the workforce has a shiny imaginative and prescient for the long run — and I’m actually excited to get to work with them.”

Boards of the 2 organizations voted in November to merge July 1 to higher concentrate on financial wants locally, together with baby care, workforce shortages and inexpensive housing.

Fowl will begin in June and lead the 2 organizations by means of a rebranding and in implementing the bylaws and authorized construction accredited by the 2 boards final November.

Robin Therme, chair of the merged board of administrators, mentioned in a information launch Thursday that the board is worked up to carry Fowl’s expertise and expertise to the brand new group.

“Her broad expertise in neighborhood growth and her observe report of executing a transparent imaginative and prescient make her ideally outfitted to satisfy the wants of this new group,” Therme acknowledged.

Adam Keune, former chair of the Iowa Metropolis Enterprise Partnership, echoed Therme, emphasizing his confidence in Fowl’s skill to steer the brand new group.

“As we embark on this thrilling new chapter as a mixed group, we now have each confidence in her skill to steer us towards progress and heightened impression, furthering our attain and amplifying the constructive distinction we make within the Johnson County neighborhood,” Keune mentioned.

Fowl, whose wage was not disclosed, led the Iowa Metropolis Downtown District for nearly a decade.

Together with her departure, the downtown district’s board appointed Betsy Potter, the present artistic providers director, as its new govt director.

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