Why Iowa? Q&A with Director Durham

13 Dec 2021


As Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA), Debi Durham is focused on building coalitions, supporting new ventures and strengthening the state’s industries and communities. Director Durham was first appointed to lead IEDA in 2011 and has turned the agency into a successful public-private partnership, landed billion-dollar economic development projects for Iowa and worked tirelessly on expanding trade and investment opportunities for the state.

Prior to joining IEDA, Director Durham served as president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce in Sioux City, Iowa. She is a native of Missouri, holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and Management from Missouri Southern State University.

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