The 2016 Global Agriculture Smmit team is excited to announce that Debi Durham will give an opening speech at our event dinner on Thursday evening. Her talk will focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector in Iowa as well as the emerging bio-tech industry in Northwest Iowa.
Durham holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Marketing and Management degree from Missouri Southern State University and was appointed Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development in January 2011.
As one of her first orders of business, Durham worked with the Governor and legislators to restructure the department to create a public-private partnership. That led to the creation of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress – the umbrella organization for the new structure.
Prior to leading Iowa’s economic development initiatives, she served as President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, President of The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), the economic development corporation serving the tri-state metropolitan area, and the Siouxland Chamber Foundation.