Staff

IEDC’s professional staff is well-connected and ready to help you every step of the way. Our three-member team has a wide range of skills and works with partners across the region to bring businesses the resources they need.

Tamara Lowney
President & CEO

Staff

Tamara hails from Hill City, Minnesota, and while she left to explore the world for almost 20 years, she is deeply invested in the rural small town lifestyle.  Tamara worked throughout the US and internationally for ARAMARK, leading hospitality organizations in Alaska, Ohio and California...

Shannon Benolken
Director of Business Development

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Shannon is originally from Cohasset, Minnesota. She has lived in Itasca County the majority of her life; however she has lived in Minneapolis, Bemidji and Knoxville, TN.  She has a BA in Business Management from the College of St. Scholastica and an MBA with concentration...

Teri Heikkila
Office Administrator

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Teri began working at IEDC in January of 2000.  Initially hired part-time to support the team, it quickly became full time as she took on more responsibilities.  Over the past twenty years, Teri has remained an anchor and historian of the organization.  She is responsibl...

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