Dana Briggs, the economic development director for the city of Idaho Falls, has left her city post for a private sector job.
Briggs’ last day was Friday. She was the first person to hold the position of economic development director for the city. She started in August 2015 after having served three years as the programs and events director at the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce.
The economic development director role was created to help Idaho Falls be competitive with larger cities in business recruitment.
Briggs holds an MBA from Idaho State University and previously had also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
“There is a lot more to economic development than what most think,” Briggs said. It’s not just working to attract new businesses to the area; it’s also “supporting businesses that already call Idaho Falls home.”
“It’s important to balance efforts when it comes to economic development,” she added. “You cannot forget about those businesses that have been staples to the community for long periods of time.”
Briggs said she was thankful for the support of Mayor Rebecca Casper who helped develop the economic development director position into what it is today.
The city is hiring an economic development administrator with a pay range listed between $67,000 and $95,000 a year.