by Joni Astrup
Elk River Director of Economic Development Annie Deckert is leaving her job with the city of Elk River to become a self-employed consultant.
Her new business is called The Decklan Group. It will be located in Elk River.
Deckert said she will be doing things very similar to what she currently does for the city but with a broader reach — to help more communities, businesses and nonprofits.
“From relationship building to maximizing the taxpayer dollar, I feel there is a tremendous opportunity for me to expand my reach to help a larger, more diverse cross-section of people and communities,” Deckert said.
Moving forward with an expansion, applying for a grant or permit from a unit of government, or planning a large event can be a daunting task, she said. She often sees a gap or lack of communication between governments and businesses, which can prevent projects from coming to fruition.
“I have always had a passion for helping people, and I’m hoping that this transition will allow me to help more people, and bring more beneficial projects for our communities from drawing board to reality,” she said. “While I’ll very much miss working for the city, I’m looking forward to bringing my creativity and enthusiasm into my work as an independent consultant.”
She has worked for the city for nearly five years, initially as the economic development assistant.
In December 2010, she was promoted to the marketing and business development administrator and in May 2011 was promoted to the director of economic development.
Deckert said she’s grateful for the opportunities she has had working for the city.
Elk River City Administrator Cal Portner said they will miss Deckert and the good work that she has done. Her last day with the city will be Friday, Jan. 11.
“Annie has done stellar work connecting the city to our business community, explaining processes, (and) working on different programs that match the needs of our housing community as well as the business community,” Portner said.