DeJong to Join the City of Urbandale as Assistant Director of Economic Development

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May 29, 2019

Derek Zarn
Communications Specialist
515-380-1741 (text or voice)
DeJong to Join the City of Urbandale as Assistant Director of Economic Development
Aaron DeJong (dee-YOUNG) will join the City of Urbandale team as Assistant Director of Economic Development in July.
A native of Newton, Iowa, Aaron attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Community and Economic Development. He received his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Iowa. Aaron worked for the cities of Coralville and Dubuque in Iowa. In Dubuque, he led efforts to redevelop and revitalize historic districts and buildings downtown which helped support the successful investment and job creation of IBM in that city.
In 2012, DeJong assumed the role of Director of Economic Development in the City of Louisville, Colorado (population 21,000) which is located between Denver and Boulder. In Louisville, he managed the economic development activities of this growing suburban city including business retention and expansion, redevelopment and new investment recruitment.
“Aaron made his mark on Iowa economic development with his role in Dubuque’s successful recruitment of IBM to our state,” said Assistant City Manager/Director of Economic Development Curtis Brown. “I am pleased we are able to return his talent to Iowa to support Urbandale’s economic development and continued investment in the Urban Loop.”
DeJong will begin his work in mid-July. Aaron and his family will make their home in Urbandale.
“Urbandale continues to successfully provide value to its businesses. The community knows how to leverage its assets of location, infrastructure and accessibility,” said Aaron DeJong. “I am excited to be coming back home to Iowa, and in particular, Urbandale. The Urbandale community is poised to maintain and expand on its strong business-friendly climate.”

About Urbandale:
Urbandale, Iowa, is an award-winning community of more than 45,000 residents offering a unique combination of location, value, and community engagement to businesses and residents. Urbandale is located in the northwest part of the Des Moines Metro Area at the intersections of Interstate 35, Interstate 80, and Iowa Highway 141. This unique geographic location allows Urbandale businesses and residents convenient access to a coast-to-coast and border-to-border transportation network.

Urbandale is a welcoming and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. From safe neighborhoods to acres of green space, Urbandale is uniquely positioned as an attractive place to raise a family, grow your business, and enjoy life. The City of Urbandale maintains one of the lowest municipal tax rates in the state, providing excellent services at an exceptional value. Each year hundreds of new residents make Urbandale their home—joining those who already enjoy our community’s extensive park and trail network, short commutes, great career opportunities, and excellent schools.

The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager carries out the policy direction of the Mayor and five City Council members. As a national leader in Character Counts, Urbandale endeavors at all times to promote and model the principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
Derek Zarn, Communications Specialist
(515) 278-3900