Itasca Economic Development Corporation Announces New President & CEO

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is pleased to welcome Mark Zimmerman as its new President & CEO. Zimmerman will begin his leadership on August 1, 2012.

"IEDC is thrilled to have Mark join the organization," stated Mark Glasnapp, IEDC Board Chair. "Mark brings a new perspective with his strong IT background, rounding out our expertise in IEDC's three focus areas: Forest Products; Mining and Manufacturing; and IT/Computer Science. His experience with marketing and sales and his strong business development and project management background will add tremendous value to IEDC's current projects, including the Itasca Eco Industrial Park."

Zimmerman comes to IEDC with a degree in Math and Computer Science from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA in Finance from George Washington University. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Product Management and Strategy for SunGard Higher Education in Malvern, PA. He has an extensive business background and was instrumental in the creation of business partnerships that enhanced SunGard's solutions for customers and prospects.

Born in Saint Paul, Zimmerman has strong ties to the Itasca County area where his family has vacationed at their cabin north of Grand Rapids for many years. It was this history that led the Zimmerman family to permanently relocate to Itasca County in 2011.

"I'm excited to live in the area that has so many wonderful memories attached to it, and even more excited to be involved with IEDC," Zimmerman stated. "As an organization that strives to help create quality jobs that allow people to live in this area, I feel passionate about the work IEDC is engaged in and look forward to leading the organization into its next phase of success."

Zimmerman will take the reins from Jeff Borling, who has served as IEDC's Interim President & CEO since Joe Broking's departure in March of 2012. Going forward, Borling will continue to serve as APEX's Director of Itasca Business Development, working as part of the IEDC team in Grand Rapids.

Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 1981, with a mission of helping create quality jobs. Support for IEDC comes from the Blandin Foundation, Itasca County and several local units of government, as well as from many individuals and private businesses.

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