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New president named for Rochester Area Economic Development

Ryan Nolander Ryan Nolander

Leader of similar agency in Albert Lea gets the job.

Posted: Apr. 24, 2018 5:36 PM
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018 5:37 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Ryan Nolander has been hired as the new president of Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI).

Nolander is currently executive director of the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) and will replace Gary Smith as RAEDI president after his retirement in June.

“I want to say thank you to the ALEDA board, the ALBDC board, the staff, and all our members for their support during my years with ALEDA,” says Nolander. “Economic development truly takes a team effort and we can’t do what we do without this support. Even though I am leaving the community I will still be in the region, and I look forward to continuing partnerships with ALEDA and others in the region to make SE MN a great place to live, work, and play."

Nolander’s last day with ALEDA will be no later than June 1 and a search for his replacement will begin immediately.

"I am honored to have been chosen as the next President of RAEDI,” says Nolander. “Current President Gary Smith, and the past and present board members and staff, have done a wonderful job leading and growing the organization into what it is today. I look forward to building on the foundation they have created, and growing not only the organization, but the Rochester area through new and innovative partnerships and programs."

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