Heath Kellogg, the new Tama County Economic Development Commission's Executive Director, stopped by Dysart on May 20th to meet with local business owners at the Community Building. Kellogg assumed the executive director position on May 7th, replacing Lindi Roelofse, who resigned from the position.
After accepting an invitation from the Dysart Development Corporation, Kellogg made his first official visit to Dysart to meet business owners, community leaders, concerned citizens and volunteers. He has heard "tremendous" things about Dysart and talked about the reputation that Dysart has in Tama County for successful businesses, entrepreneurship and volunteerism.
Kellogg was born and raised in Tama County and says that he understands what it's like to be a business owner because he has successfully started several companies. "To be frank and honest, I wasn't very happy with the help I got where I was in Wisconsin and parts of Iowa," said Kellogg, about being a business owner himself.
Pat Hansen and Cathy Wieck, representing the Blue Hat Ladies, meet with Heath Kellogg, new Executive Director of the Tama County Economic Development Commission in Dysart last week.
He already has a plan in place for Tama County and is getting started right away. "We won't waste time. To me, time is money and progress. We need to focus on the future," said Kellogg.
According to Kellogg, the economy can be described in simple terms. "You can get very complicated and convoluted in all sorts of macro and micro studies of economics. To me, the common sense farm kid, it takes money to make money," said Kellogg.
Kellogg's plan stems from what he considers integral factors for economic growth which he describes as a circular pattern. "There's capital investment, which grows the existing businesses. We also bring in and attract new businesses and grow them. And then we get increased labor for those businesses. And then the labor pool becomes investors in the capital," said Kellogg.
As Executive Director, Kellogg plans to help improve the economy in Tama County by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses, assisting in starting new businesses, and therefore increasing the labor pool and capital investment.