The Urbandale City Council has approved Mayor Robert Andeweg's appointments to a board that will help shape the city's economic development plans. The new board is part of the city's decision to create an in-house economic development department headed by Curtis Brown, who led similar efforts in Ankeny. Members of the Economic Development Advisory Board and the business sectors they represent are:

  • Brian Mock, Continental Western Group, financial services and insurance.

  • Curt Leaverton, Pivot Works, manufacturing and biosciences.

  • Lisa Hubbard, YRC Freight, logistics.

  • Wallas Wiggins, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, information technology and business services.

  • Sheila Robinson, Des Moines Independent Community School District, education and workforce development.

  • Dave Hansen, Signature Real Estate Services, real estate development.

  • Adam Kaduce, R&R Realty Marketing Group, real estate brokerage.

  • Emily Naylor, Shive-Hattery Inc., young professional.

  • Kimberly Baeth, Golden Openings, retail, hospitality and service. 

  • John Irving, Baker Electric, citizen stakeholder.