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David J. Heiar
Director

Phone: (563) 652-4549
Phone: (563) 599-1223
Fax: (563) 652-4446

Dave has over 35 years experience in City government in three Eastern  Iowa cities which includes Bellevue, Manchester, and Dubuque. He joined the Alliance in July of 2013.  His background includes downtown redevelopment, rural, and urban economic development including workforce development, existing industry services, business attraction, and new business development. Heiar is a Jackson County native. 

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Nicolas Hockenberry
Assistant Director

Phone: (563) 652-4549
Fax: (563) 652-4446

Nicolas Hockenberry joined the Jackson County Economic Alliance in September 2014, and took the role as Assistant Director in 2015. Prior to that, he worked as an Office Manager at Horizons a Family Service Alliance. At the JCEA, Nicolas' responsibilities include managing daily operations, assists in business retention and expansion meetings with industry, assist in planning and implementing strategic goals to increase economic development opportunities, and marketing support.

Nicolas is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology with a focus on cultural systems studies and public policy. He has experience engaging diverse communities. Nicolas is the founder of Climb On - an environmental education and rock climbing nonprofit serving the eastern Iowa community - and has served as a youth and community outreach co-chair to various civic groups. 

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Maquoketa has been known as the “Timber City” since about 1870 because  of the many trees that line the streets.


Photos throughout the JCEA Website are courtesy of David Namanny, Bellevue Herald Leader, The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, The Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, and Patti Hoffman, who represents Preston Growth and Development and The Preston Times.