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Katie Gieszler

Curtis Brown, CEcD

The City of Urbandale's Economic Development Department was formed in April of 2013.  Read below to learn more about the staff you'll be working with. 


Katie Gieszler has been with the City of Urbandale since July 2014 in her role as Economic Development Specialist.  In May of 2014, she received her Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and in 2010, her undergraduate degree in Economics and Business from Cornell College. She’s held various roles in economic development for local municipalities in Oregon, at the State of Iowa’s Economic Development Authority and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Katie can be reached at or 515-331-6738.

Curtis Brown, CEcD is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Urbandale, Iowa. Prior to this position, he held positions in the Economic Development Department and City Manager’s Office for the City of Ankeny. Curtis has also worked as the Executive Director of the Mason City Economic Development Corporation and Community Development Director/Assistant City Administrator for Blue Earth, Minnesota. He has a BA from Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN and a Master's from the University of Texas at Austin. Brown earned the Certified Economic Developer designation from the International Economic Development Council in 2014.

Curtis can be reached at or 515-331-6756.