Iowa Department of Economic Development
Debi V. Durham was named director of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP, formerly Iowa Department of Economic Development) in January 2011 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
Prior to joining IPEP, Debi Durham served as president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce since July 1995. She also served as president of The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), the economic development corporation serving the tri-state metropolitan area, and the Siouxland Chamber Foundation. In both 2007 and 2008, TSI was recognized as one of the "Top-Ten" economic development groups in the nation.
In June 2009, the Downtown Rotary Club in Sioux City recognized Durham as their Key Way award winner. The annual recipient is recognized as a local leader who has "contributed greatly to the health and prosperity of the area through business and community involvement." Durham was also recognized by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry as one of "Five Iowa Women You Should Know" in 2007. In 2003 she was named to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame.
Durham was the 2002 Republican lieutenant governor candidate.
Durham holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and Management degree from Missouri Southern State University. Durham and her husband Joel have two children, Beau and Jordan.