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Meet the MEDP Team

Scott Cooper, CEcD, Executive Director

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Executive Director, Scott Cooper

Email: Scott@McMinnvilleBusiness.com

Phone: 503.550.8504

Scott joined the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership team in March 2019. Prior to joining MEDP, Scott worked for the Town of Fountain Hills, Arizona as the Economic Development Director for the town. He has also spent a portion of the past 17 long, grueling summers sitting in air-conditioned offices of economic development departments where he has successfully implemented business outreach strategies to enhance the business communities of Peoria and Scottsdale, Arizona. The winters were nice, though.

Scott also led a combined chamber of commerce/economic development organization in/around DeWitt, Iowa. During his tenure as CEO he helped land new projects to the region creating thousands of jobs and totaling just over $250 Million in investment including projects from Germany, Canada, and even Detroit.

He is actively involved with economic development organizations throughout the country including working with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Scott’s major interests outside of work include golf, cycling, spending as much time as possible with his wife and pets, and learning the guitar (horribly, for the last 10 years). Scott received a BS in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University, completed the ASU Certified Public Manager® Program, the Institute for Organization Management, and received his economic development certification through the IEDC.

Scott enjoys the relationship building side of economic development and is most looking forward to being part of a community and leading an organization that has a positive, immediate impact on the city he now calls home.

Heather Hadley Blank, Program Manager

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Special Projects Manager, Heather Hadley Blank

Email: Heather@McMinnvilleBusiness.com

Phone: 971.241.8777 

“Creativity is my game.”

Heather has great attention to detail and boundless imagination. Whether it’s planning an event for ten or one thousand or orchestrating a multitude of project elements – she always comes up with clever solutions.

At MEDP she brings her ‘maker’ talents to the table to help shape the community, its businesses and its workforce, in being the vibrant and vital city we love.

Merchandising and organization are her forte – helping to produce silent auction galas and tech forums for the Oregon Software Industry, building trade show booths and marketing digital projectors at tradeshows around the world, producing preferred partner and sales events from Australia to Hawaii or displaying her hand sewn bluebird of happiness at McMinnville’s Saturday Market, she’s got it covered.  She's known to go the extra mile with her attention to detail... even climbing a 50' ladder to install an Oregon manufacturer's product over a LIVE shark tank!

Having planned and promoted events starting in high school, she knew it was in her genes. A graduate of University of Oregon, mother of two and 19 year resident of McMinnville – Heather brings nearly 30 years of experience producing marketing projects and events for the not-for-profit and for-profit industries. She is a terrific talent to have on our team.

Lacey Dykgraaf, Communications Manager

 

Marketing Specialist, Lacey Dykgraaf

Email: Lacey@McMinnvilleBusiness.com

Phone: 503.434.7446

"That would make a great story." 

Lacey brings an energy and passion for creating into her role at MEDP. Watching the McMinnville community and continually working on her next piece of writing, Lacey loves to take photos, design, and communicate with diverse groups of people.

"Can you teach me how to do that?"

Her skill set stems from working in various positions. From a writing center tutor, to a barista, to an event planner, and craft blogger she looks at each new challenge as an opportunity to grow. She keeps up with the latest “craft trends” and can tell you more about knitting, alcohol ink, and gallery glass than you want to know. This knowledge grants her a curiosity into how all things are made. Watching the passion different industry leaders hold for their work inspires her and always keeps her looking for the next story.  

A recent graduate from Linfield College with degrees in Marketing and English, Lacey is excited to continue to engage with the community and establish herself in this role. 

Founding Partners and Board of Directors

Our work was started by a partnership between the City of McMinnville, McMinnville Water & Light, McMinnville Industrial Promotions, McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, and area businesses. Our partners are believers in the McMinnville community and investors in MEDP. Together we offer business resources and connections for you and your business. To learn more, see our Investor Circle. The investor circle and our founding partners represent the “Partnership” in the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership.

MEDP Board of Directors:

John Dietz, McMinnville Water and Light

Carol Granger, McMinnville Industrial Promotions

Kelly McDonald, Small Business Liaison

Heather Richards, City of McMinnville

Chris McLaran, McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce

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