Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed Courtney Dentlinger, Executive Director of the Norfolk Area Economic Development Council, as the next Director of the Department of Economic Development (DED).
“During the search for the next economic development director, we looked for someone with the ability to market Nebraska both nationally and globally, and Courtney is that person,” Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office. “Courtney will do an outstanding job working with our regional and statewide partners. She understands Nebraska, and will endeavor tirelessly to recruit the businesses and investment we need to continue to grow good-paying jobs in our state for the next generation.”
According to the governor’s office, Dentlinger has built the new economic development department for the City of Norfolk from the ground up.
Previously, Dentlinger served as the Executive Director of Development for Northeast Community College where she managed capital campaigns including a $13 million campaign for the College of Nursing partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).
Dentlinger practiced law from 2005-2007 as an associate attorney at Fitzgerald, Vetter, and Temple in Norfolk.
Dentlinger will start January 11th. She will be paid $145,000 annually.