About Us

Meet the Team

The City of Urbandale's Economic Development Department was formed in April 2013. Follow the links below to learn more about the staff you'll be working with and how they operate.

Curtis BCurtis Brown Headshotrown, CEcD, Director

Curtis Brown is the Assistant City Manager/Director of Economic Development for the City of Urbandale, Iowa. Before this position, Brown held positions in the Economic Development Department and City Manager’s Office for the City of Ankeny. Brown has also worked as the Executive Director of the Mason City Economic Development Corporation and Community Development Director/Assistant City Administrator for Blue Earth, Minnesota. He has a BA from Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN and a MA from the University of Texas at Austin. Brown earned the Certified Economic Developer designation from the International Economic Development Council in 2014. He also earned the Certified Public Manager designation in 2016. Email Curtis or Connect with Curtis on Linkedin.

Aaron DeJong HeadshotAaron DeJong, Assistant Director

Aaron DeJong is the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Urbandale, Iowa. Before this position, DeJong was the Director of Economic Development of the City of Louisville, Colorado. DeJong has also held positions in the Economic Development Department of Dubuque, Iowa, and Coralville, Iowa. He has a BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA and a MA from the University of Iowa. Email Aaron or Connect with Aaron on Linkedin.

Ethics and Operating Principles

The purpose of the Economic Development department is to protect business and citizen investments and improve quality of life by designing and implementing strategies for tax base expansion and employment opportunities in Urbandale. In all that we do, we abide by a Code of Ethics and a set of Operating Principles

Economic Development Advisory Board

The Economic Development Advisory Board provides perspectives and insights to help shape the City of Urbandale’s economic development strategies. The membership of the Economic Development Advisory Board is built around twelve key perspectives. Appointees are residents of Urbandale and/or work in Urbandale. The Board was established on July 9, 2013 through Council Letter 4482 (PDF). The original Board consisted of ten members. Two additional members were added on August 16, 2016 through Council Letter 5218 (PDF).


Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


Board MemberKey Perspective SectorTerm Expires
Mark AndersonReal Estate BrokerageJune 30, 2024
Laura BarringerPrimary SectorJune 30, 2023
Cheryl KooiengaPrimary SectorJune 30, 2022
Suzy EmmackRetail/Hospitality/ServiceJune 30, 2023
Jacki BoldtResident StakeholderJune 30, 2022
Tom Gayman
Real Estate DevelopmentJune 30, 2024
Aimee StaudtReal Estate DevelopmentJune 30, 2024
Bev HutneyPrimary SectorJune 30, 2023
Christopher Pendroy
Real Estate Brokerage
June 30, 2024
Pat PithanRetail/Hospitality/ServiceJune 30, 2025
Curt LeavertonPrimary SectorJune 30, 2023
Matt CarlileResident StakeholderJune 30, 2021