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Otter Tail County Community Development Agency hires director

The Otter Tail County Community Development Agency (CDA) has announced the selection of Amy Baldwin as their new Director. Baldwin comes to Otter Tail County with nearly 20 years of experience, having held senior level community development positions with both the City of Brooklyn Park and City of Fergus Falls.

"Amy's experience and technical expertise will serve Otter Tail County, our 22 communities and 62 townships well," said County Administrator, John Dinsmore. "Her understanding of the region, experience with large and small organizations, and familiarity with local, state and federal programs will be a great benefit for the County."

Baldwin graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Public Administration and holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Hamline University. Baldwin has earned Economic Development Finance Professional and Housing Development Finance Professional certifications through the National Development Council. In addition, she is a long standing member of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and serves on the board of directors of the Greater Minnesota Partnership.

The CDA was established by the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners in 2018 after a statutory process that included recommendations from a committee of public and private sector stakeholders. The CDA is a local government agency that is governed by a nine member board of commissioners. According to CDA Board Chair, David Schornack, "the purpose of the CDA is to strengthen the communities of Otter Tail County by expanding affordable housing opportunities, promoting economic development, and fostering coordination of public and private resources."

Baldwin, who grew up vacationing in Otter Tail County prior to relocating to the area with her family four years ago, is eager to get started. "I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as Otter Tail County's Community Development Director and I look forward to working for the communities and residents of Otter Tail County."