Knigge to lead E.G. Chamber

An official of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance has been named the executive director of the Eagle Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lisa Knigge will begin her new job on Monday.

Today will be her last day on the job as the business development specialist for the Growth Alliance.

While she’s leaving her Fort Dodge job, Knigge said she’ll still be working with alliance leaders on economic development issues through the Mid Iowa Growth Partnership, a multi-county agency. She and her family will continue to live in Fort Dodge.

”It’s just been very exciting for me to see the growth in Fort Dodge that has taken place in the last 12 years,” she said. ”I see nothing but great things moving forward.”

In Eagle Grove, Knigge will be responsible for Chamber membership and program development. She will also work with a community development group.

She said her first objective there will be getting acclimated to the Eagle Grove community. She said she wants to find out what Chamber programs are working and which aren’t. Her ultimate goal, she said, is to ”try to move Eagle Grove forward.”

Knigge has 12 years of experience in Fort Dodge. She started with the Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce and moved on to the Development Corporation of Fort Dodge and Webster County. She was the sole employee of the Development Corporation when it merged into the Growth Alliance in 2011.

Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the alliance, described her as ”kind of the glue that helped ease the transition.”

”That’s been extremely helpful in the last two years,” he said.