Shannon Landauer wins 40 Under 40 in Economic Development Award

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30 Jan 2023

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Shannon Landauer Wins 40 Under 40 in Economic Development Award

Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (Corridor) President & CEO Shannon Landauer, CEcD, has been announced as a recipient of the 2023 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Award, the biennial award recognizing rising stars under 40 years old in the economic development industry.

The awards program is hosted by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based integrated marketing firm that works with economic development and travel organizations around the globe, and Jorgenson Consulting, a leading national executive search firm serving organizations in non-profit, economic, and community development industries. An independent selection committee of six economic development leaders and site selection consultants evaluated nominations based on demonstration of strong leadership, commitment and innovation every day in the workplace.

“The purpose-driven work of economic development plays a vital role in communities around the world, and much of it is led by young professionals,” said Julie Curtin, president of DCI’s economic development practice. “These 40 rising stars are contributing their creativity, dedication and leadership to make a tremendous impact in their communities and our industry as a whole, and I so look forward to what lies ahead in their careers.”

"On behalf of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Board of Directors, I want to say congratulations to Shannon on receiving this prestigious award as a rising star in the economic development industry.  Shannon's professionalism, knowledge, expertise and commitment drive the growth and success of the Corridor region and we are all lucky to benefit from her efforts," said Brad Beck, Corridor Board Chair.  "Shannon continues to learn, grow, evolve and adapt as the economic development world continues to change, and I am excited about what lies ahead for the entire Corridor region with her continued leadership."

Landauer was hired as the Corridor’s President & CEO in July 2021. Prior to joining the Corridor, she was the Executive Director of the Carroll Area Development Corporation and Carroll Chamber of Commerce. Her professional training includes the Heartland Basic Economic Development Course, the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute, IEDC Workforce Development Strategies and she has held a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Designation since 2017. Landauer currently serves as the Past President on the Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) Board of Directors, has served as faculty and now on the board for the Heartland Economic Development Course, and is involved in various other boards and committees including the Iowa DOT’s Advisory Council on Automated Transportation in the Economic Development Sub-Committee, the Empower Rural Iowa Committee and the Iowa Rural Development Commission Board.

“The economic development industry continues to evolve, and these rising leaders are stepping up to the challenge,” said Todd Jorgenson, managing director and principal of Jorgenson Consulting, Inc. “Congratulations to these 40 winners – and to the communities that are lucky to benefit from their expertise.”

Award winners were announced last night at a reception hosted by DCI and Jorgenson at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 2023 Leadership Summit, the only conference held exclusively for Certified Economic Developers and senior managers in the profession.

For more information on the 40 Under 40 awards program and this year’s winners, visit


About the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. Its mission is to foster, encourage, aid, promote or otherwise assist in the economic growth and development of the region. For more information about the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, call 712-264-3474 or visit


About DCI

Development Counsellors International (DCI) is the leader in travel, economic development and talent attraction marketing. Since 1960, DCI has worked with more than 500 cities, regions, states and countries, helping them attract business investors, visitors and workers. DCI has offices in New York and Denver. For more information, visit or follow @aboutDCI on Twitter.


About Jorgenson Consulting

Founded in 1992, Jorgenson Consulting has worked diligently over the past 29 years to establish itself as a premier national executive search firm. With a focus on the fields of non-profit, economic and community development, we partner with our clients to help them identify and secure the highest caliber of executive talent. Our goal is to develop a thorough understanding of our clients and leverage that knowledge with our own expertise and resources to source executive talent that can truly serve the organization by yielding economic benefits while also contributing to a community’s competitive advantage.