The Faribault County Development Corporation will be looking for a new executive director.
Doug Uhrhammer has submitted his resignation, which will be effective Aug. 29.
“I’ve pushed this organization as far as I can. FCDC is in great shape and moving forward,” he says. “It’s time for some new blood and fresh ideas. They need some young pup to carry the organization the rest of the way.”
Uhrhammer says his decision was for personal reasons, and he wasn’t forced to leave.
“I’m ready to start thinking about retiring. My goal has always been to retire when I reach 60,” he says.
When Uhrhammer was hired 14 months ago, FCDC was known as Go Minnesota.
Uhrhammer accepted the position when the group’s first executive director passed away after only six months on the job.Blue Earth City Administrator Kathy Bailey was a member of the committee who hired Uhrhammer after interviewing four finalists.
“He brought years of experience in economic development to the position and that was great to have,” she says.
Uhrhammer says the non-profit, private development group was floundering when he came onboard.
He says FCDC membership is increasing and it is gaining support throughout the county.
Uhrhammer says he will remain as a consultant until a new director is hired.
“We have some significant projects under way that potentially lead to $25 million of new business investment in the area,” he adds.
FCDC board chairman Jeff Lang says the organization will move quickly to hire someone.
“We want all of our constituents to know that the commitment to having a highly qualified director has not changed,” he says.
The resignation of Uhrhammer may mean that service agreements FCDC has with the city of Blue Earth and the county will be put on hold.
The county’s contract with FCDC stipulates if there is no executive director, the agreement ends.
Blue Earth and the county each are paying the development group $50,000 a year for economic development services.