Unsung heroes of Jones County

Guest column
Derek Lumsden
Jones Co. Economic Development Director

     Jones County Economic Development (JCED) is a public-private partnership, meaning that it works with both private businesses and public entities like city and county governments. These partnerships allow us to bring more stakeholders and resources to the table, but also help us be more comprehensive in our work to grow and develop Jones County. However, both for us and the community as a whole, it can be easy to forget that there are other stakeholders that play a part in making Jones County the ideal place to live, work, and play.

     In my time in Jones County, I have been very lucky to work with some highly dedicated professionals, especially in the non-profit realm. All of them bring years of experience to their roles, a local knowledge base to their work, and they are willing to be cooperative and collaborative with their peers in the region. Having worked all over the state in various economic development roles, I can categorically say that this is not the case everywhere. And the fact that everyone does work so hard and so well together should be celebrated by the communities.

     The individuals I am about to name are not looking for glory for the work they do. They put their heads down, noses to the grindstone, and do their work. They do that because they love Jones County and believe in the future our area has and they know that they have the abilities to help make it even better. They are tireless in their promotion of local businesses, attractions, and talent. They are cheerleaders of our potential and they will continue to be the standard bearers of change as we move forward.

     The next time you see these people, please thank them for the work they do and let them know that their work does not go unnoticed and unappreciated. Please join with me in recognizing the individuals who work day-in and day-out to improve Jones County:

     • Bob Hatcher, Jones County Tourism

     • Jan Hoag, Monticello Chamber of Commerec

     • LeeAnna Boone, Anamosa Chamber of Commerce

     • Katelyn Wolfe, Cascade Chamber of Commerce

     Always remember that JCED is there as a resource to your business and that we always try to help businesses and communicates grow and prosper.  Anytime you have questions, don’t hesitate is reach out by contacting me at director@jonescountydevelopment.com.


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