Matt Wedemeyer (vice president) presents the Entrepreneurial Economic Impact Award to Colleen and Corey Conrad.

By Shane Goodman |  Times Vedette

Midwest Partnership, an economic development corporation serving Adair and Guthrie counties, held its annual meeting and dinner on Jan. 26 at the Casey Community Center.

A formal business meeting was held and departing board members Steve Smith and Ryan Billheimer were thanked for their service. 

The 2024 Board of Directors were recognized.

In Adair County, those include Stacie Eshelman, Secretary, Greenfield Chamber Main Street; Cheryl Marks, Past President, Rolling Hills Bank & Trust; Kathy Rohrig, Orient Economic Development; Scott Tonderum, Greenfield Municipal Utilities; Matt Wedemeyer, Vice President, Adair County Supervisor; and Holi Weston, Farmers Electric Cooperative.

For Guthrie County, the directors are Josh Calmer, Active Health Solutions; Marty Doud, President, First State Bank; Brad Hayes, BH Appraisals / Twin Vines; Ryan Morrison, Treasurer, King Morr Properties; Mike Underwood, Guthrie County State Bank; and Julie Zajicek, Iowa Trust Bank.

The organization’s executive director, Brenda Dudley, provided a report on the progress and goals. The Entrepreneurial Economic Impact Award was given to Colleen and Corey Conrad.

The guest speaker for the evening was Bill Menner, who owns a consulting firm that focuses on community development, rural partnerships and economic vitality.

Midwest Partnership’s goal is to serve as the leading facilitator for the retention, expansion and attraction of business to create jobs and grow the tax base in the two-county area. For more information, visit

Ryan Billheimer (departing board member) is presented an appreciate plaque by Marty Doud (president) and Brenda Dudley (executive director).

Steve Smith (departing board member) is presented an appreciate plaque by Marty Doud (president).

Marty Doud (president) welcomes those in attendance.

Brenda Dudley (executive director) provided an update on the organization’s work.

Matt Wedemeyer (vice president) explains the Entrepreneurial Economic Impact Award.

Bill Menner was the guest speaker for the event.