Aug 03

Des Moines suburb Johnston hires economic development manager

Adam Plagge

Adam Plagge

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Monday night the Johnston City Council appointed Adam Plagge as its new Economic Development Manager. Plagge comes with strong credentials in urban planning and community development, including:

• Securing more than $1 million in grants, loans and federal funds for businesses to grow in Fairfield as the Executive Director of the Fairfield Economic Development Association
• Cofounding Fairfield’s successful business incubator, the Fairfield CoLab, a working space and business incubator that brings together entrepreneurs across a variety of industries
• Overseeing the attraction of a $15 million grain facility to Fairfield

As Johnston’s Economic Development Manager, Plagge will develop, oversee and maintain the City’s economic development plan. He will conduct negotiations with developers, businesses, and others regarding the public participation necessary for desired economic development; perform tax and public benefit analyses for economic development projects; create and administer a city-wide business retention program; manage and support a newly-created Johnston Economic Development Council; and serve as a central point of contact for businesses, developers and contractors who use City economic development services.

“The creation of this position signals the City’s desire to increase economic development activity with an emphasis on the Merle Hay Gateway Area. The old hotel recently came down. We’ve acquired property near the hotel to make the entire area ripe for development. Adam is an important part of the exciting improvements you will see in the months and years ahead in our community,” said Mayor Paula Dierenfeld.

In recent community surveys and City Council goal setting sessions, both residents and city leaders expressed a strong desire for an emphasis on economic development in our community. Plagge will begin work on September 6.

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