Paul Rumler, Chief Economic Development Officer of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.
A five-member selection committee chose the winners from a pool of more than 157 candidates based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.
Quad Cities Chamber President & CEO Tara Barney states, "Paul is an insightful leader of our organization. He influences key priorities for the Quad Cities region that matter: air service to Washington, D.C., passenger rail, and the manufacturing innovation hub initiative. He has earned national recognition and we are proud to have him leading Quad Cities First and our region's economic development efforts.
In addition to his economic development experience, Rumler’s duties with the Chamber have included military affairs, community development, workforce development, membership relations, communications, and government affairs.
Rumler serves on several state and community boards and committees, including the Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health (Chair), Goodwill of the Heartland, USO of Illinois-Rock Island Arsenal, and was appointed to the Illinois Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee. In addition, Paul was honored as a Quad Cities "Leader Under 40” in 2011 by the Black Hawk College Foundation.
DCI’s 40 Under 40 award was designed to discover the economic development profession’s rising stars.
"The people chosen by the selection committee represent a bright future for the economic development world,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. "They are a new breed of results-driven place makers. We’re very pleased to see Paul among the winners.”
"I’m honored to be chosen among the many talented economic developers across the country for this award,” said Rumler. "It’s an exciting time in the Quad Cities region, and I’m focused every day on working collaboratively to help our region create jobs and advance our economic prosperity.”
DCI officially announced the winners on January 26, 2015 at an awards reception during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Palm Beach and will feature an in-depth profile of each on its website during 2015.