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Special Economic Development Designation for LeDene Bowen

Cedar Falls, IA-based Leader Recognized for Serving as a Source of Inspiration in the Advancement of Economic Development


LaDeneBowenLaDene Bowen, CEcD, FM, Associate Director of the University of Northern Iowa, Institute for Decision Making, was awarded with the Honorary Life Member Designation by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), for a lasting commitment to the field of economic development.  The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 7 during the IEDC Annual Conference, October 6 – 9 in Philadelphia, PA.


"The designation of Honorary Life Member is given by IEDC to an active or former member who is progressing the profession of economic development as a teacher or has motivated others in many communities," said Paul Krutko, IEDC chair. "Ms. Bowen has been dedicated to our industry and has, indisputably, earned this distinction."


In a career that has spanned nearly three decades, LaDene Bowen has served in a leadership role in facilitating and creatively implementing economic development programs.  As Associate Director for the Institute for Decision Making (IDM) at the University of Northern Iowa, an integrated business and community services program, she has consulted hundreds communities in all aspects of economic development in the Iowa, West and Midwestern states.  The impact of IDM’s technical assistance, as reported by client communities, has resulted in 1,500-2,000 jobs annually, structured Iowa’s economic development regions in collaboration with the Professional Developers of Iowa, and trained over 1,800 new professionals in economic development. The scope of her professional involvement and leadership reaches from IDM and Iowa communities to the International Economic Development Council, where she served on the Board of Directors for the 12 years and continues to be active on advisory committees.  


She is considered one of the emerging transformational leaders in helping local communities and economic development professionals prepare for a different kind of future.  Her recognized rural development expertise has been shared in international and national speaking engagements, authoring of articles, directing the Heartland Economic Development Course in the Midwest, mentoring and teaching at the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) impacting thousands of economic development professionals.   She was named Dean of OU/EDI in January 2012 as it celebrated its 50th Anniversary.  Beyond her contributions to professional economic development education is LaDene’s dedication to young women entering the economic development field.  She has personally mentored and guided more than 50 young women as they enter the profession and outlined a path to advance their careers. 


LaDene is a 1990 graduate of Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Colorado and retains her IOM designation.  She earned her CEcD designation in 1993.  In 2005, she was recognized as a fellow (FM) for her outstanding service to the field of economic development and recognized in 2011 for her achievements for Women of Innovation in Iowa.  Most recently, LaDene became certified by the NationalCenter for Economic Gardening as an Economic Gardening Program Director.


Prior to joining the University, she was CEO of the Butte, Montana Chamber of Commerce, a nationally recognized community – designated as an AllAmericaCity, based on citizen-led economic development efforts during her tenure.  Before joining the Chamber, she was with the Montana Tech Foundation as the Assistant Director, specializing in annual fundraising and capital campaigns for the #1 ranked small comprehensive engineering college in the U.S., Montana Tech of the University of Montana.   Additionally, she held management posts with a successful record of accomplishment, in both, private and public sector healthcare, communications and education.


About the International Economic Development Council


The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.  From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.www.iedconline.org


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