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MEDP Board Announces New Executive Director

Oct 1, 2021

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The MEDP Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Patricia Herzog has accepted the position as Executive Director for the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership. Herzog, who will step into the role in January 2022, most recently served as the Director of Rural Economic and Community Development with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). 

Having visited Oregon and our community, Herzog is looking forward to getting started in her new role stating, “McMinnville has a history of innovative leadership and I am eager to become part of the community. I’m looking forward to collaborating with government leaders and business partners to bring high-paying, sustainable jobs to McMinnville and I’m grateful to the MEDP Board for this opportunity.”

Herzog brings over a decade of experience as a small business owner, a former rural elected official, and a community relations representative in the mining industry. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management in Technology from Great Basin College and a Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies. Over the past year, she helped allocate $14.8 million dollars in Community Development Block Grant funds (CARES Act) to rural communities.

The Board of Directors noted Herzog has a start date of January 3, 2022. Board Chair, John Dietz stated about the decision, “The board is confident that Patricia’s experience and personality will have a positive impact on the future of economic development in McMinnville.  We look forward to introducing her to our community at the start of the new year.” Heather Hadley Blank will remain in the Interim Director role through the end of 2021 while Communications Coordinator Tayler Brisbin will be transitioning to a part-time role with the organization starting October 4, 2021. 

Heather Hadley Blank noted, “We are seeing a lot of economic activity, exciting project leads, new startups, and business expansions happening in McMinnville.  We are eager to welcome Patricia to the MEDP Team during this time of growth and innovation in our community.” 

MEDP continues to be available throughout the transition to assist businesses and support the needs of our traded sector companies.


Learn more about MEDP in our newly released annual report for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. 

2021 Annual Report


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