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Della Schmidt Selected As New President & CEO

April 9, 2019

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Greater Burlington Partnership Hires New CEO

Della Schmidt to fill role in June

Burlington, Iowa, April 8, 2019 – The Greater Burlington Partnership has selected Della Schmidt to fill the role of President and CEO. 

The Greater Burlington Partnership is the area’s leading economic and community development organization. It operates the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Group, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Downtown Partners Inc.  It also provides management services to the Community Foundation of Des Moines County.

Schmidt comes from Winona, Minnesota, where she has served as President and CEO of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce since 2003. The Winona Chamber serves a membership of 630 in a community area of 30,000 people. She has a strong background in workforce development, Main Street America programming, economic development, and program and event management.

“I am delighted to be joining the Greater Burlington Partnership, which is a recognized leader in the Burlington area,” Schmidt said. “I am looking forward to working with fantastic staff and volunteer leaders at GBP to continue making Burlington a great place to live, work and play. My husband, Al, and I were very impressed with our visit and can’t wait to become part of the community.”

A welcome reception will be planned for June. 

“The selection committee interviewed several strong candidates for this position,” said Melissa Jones, board chair, Chamber of Commerce, and Director of Marketing and Communications at Great River Health System. “Della quickly rose to the top as the person best-suited to lead the Partnership. We are looking forward to Della bringing her knowledge and experience to our community.”

“Della brings a wealth of experience and talent to continue the success in economic development that our community has come to expect from the Partnership,” said Bryan Bross, board chair, Grow Greater Burlington, and Vice President at Klingner & Associates PC. “Della’s passion and experience connecting local talent to local business is exactly what our stakeholders have requested.”

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For More Information:

Melissa Jones - 319-768-3302

Bryan Bross - 319-752-3603

Dustin Roth - 319-208-0048

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