Corridor Announces Hiring of New President and CEO, Kiley Miller

1 Jul 2014

News Release

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has announced the hiring of Kiley Miller as its new President and CEO.

Miller is currently the Executive Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance in southeast Iowa.  He will be replacing the Corridor’s current President and CEO, Kathy Evert, who announced her resignation earlier this year.  Evert has led the regional economic develop organization – which serves Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties – for the past nine years. 

“Kiley was hired following a comprehensive search and candidate evaluation process over the past six months,” said Corridor Board Chair Steve Pick.  “A number of high quality candidates interviewed for the position, to include several who enjoy fine reputations in the State of Iowa’s economic development leadership community.”

Pick explained that a search committee of Corridor board members and investors was established and led by the Corridor’s immediate past board chair Brad Simington.  The search committee included representatives from all four of the Corridor’s member counties.

“Kiley impressed the search committee and the board of directors as a leader who has the desired balance of economic development experience, communication skills and passion to lead the Corridor into the future,” said Simington.  “As people in the region have the opportunity to meet and work with Kiley, I believe they’ll quickly understand why we came to the decision to hire him.”

Miller is a native of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Sewanee-The University of the South and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.  Miller is also a veteran of the United States Army.  Prior to pursuing a career in economic development, he was an editor and reporter for newspapers in Cascade and Burlington, Iowa.

“The Iowa Lakes Corridor is blessed to have one of the most balanced and dynamic economies in the state, with a unique blend of industry, agriculture, retail and tourism,” said Miller.  “I look forward to working with business leaders, government officials and educators to accelerate the growth that is already underway.”

During his six-year tenure as Mount Pleasant’s economic development leader, Miller guided the community through the recession while successfully recruiting multiple new businesses to the area, including a large distribution company and a small manufacturer.  Under his leadership, the Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission was awarded the inaugural Silver Shovel award from the Iowa Area Development Group for excellence in economic development and a Business Retention & Expansion Award from the Professional Developers of Iowa.

Miller is a member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Developers of Iowa and serves as a volunteer and board member for multiple civic and professional organizations.

Pick said that Evert will continue to lead the Corridor until Miller assumes his responsibilities in August.

“Kathy has done a tremendous job of continuing to advance the Corridor’s priorities during this period of transition,” Pick said. “Over the past nine year, she’s been responsible for leading the organization to new levels of success while also positioning it for the future.  We greatly value all of the contributions Kathy has made to the region.”

For more information, please contact the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation at 712-264-3474, or contact Libby Glaser at