The new guy in town
The search is over.
The Faribault County Development Corporation has been on the lookout for a new executive director since February.
After accepting resumes and holding interviews the FCDC board is happy to say a new executive director is in place. In fact, his first day on the job was last Tuesday.
Tim Clawson is no stranger to economic development work. His knowledge and enjoyment for the job seem to be a good fit for Faribault County.
“I have been doing economic development work for more than 30 years,”?Clawson says.
He is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Mankato and has worked in economic development, both in public and private sectors.
Clawson is a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.
“I wrote my first grant when I?was a junior at MSU and I have been hooked ever since,”?Clawson says.
And that love for the job led him here to Faribault County where he is ready to jump into some projects.
“FCDC has a stong program and organization and we’re going to build on that success,”?he says.
Although he has only been on the job a short time, he is already getting a good feel for the projects and priorities of the communities in Faribault County.
“We want to have a strong business retention/ expansion program and attracting new businesses,” Clawson says. “And to do that we will have to identify a unique niche for ourselves.”
Clawson adds that much of his experience has been in southern Minnesota, helping communities that have populations around 5,000 or less.
“It’s the smaller communities where I?have been successful and enjoy,” Clawson says.
Some of the communities he has worked in include Luverne, Montevideo and communities in the Rochester area.
So, now he is ready to work and live in the Blue Earth Area.
“I’m looking forward to work and I’m excited to be here,”?Clawson says.
He already has goals for himself and the organization, too.
“I hope to bring my experience, knowledge and success with me to build upon and improve the organization,” he says.