Industrial Program Leader
Courtney Dunbar is the economic development leader for Olsson Associates, a civil engineering firm that was ranked number 133 on the Engineering NewsRecord list of Top 500 Design Firms in 2013, and employs nearly 750 staff members. Olsson Associates’ staff consists of highly trained professional and technical personnel with broad experience in all phases of engineering design and construction phase services. Courtney has 17 years of combined career experiences in economic development and project funding. In her current role as Economic Development Leader, she is actively engaged in industrial site planning, community planning, economic analysis and identification of project funding options. Her goal is to align the intellectual and physical resources of potential developmental areas or sites with their economic needs. She has written several community plans focused on developing vital, innovative communities that entice economic growth and redevelopment as well as addressing funding strategies. Her career has centered on industrial and base-company development. She serves as a contributing writer for both Site Selection and Area Development magazines with articles centered on site preparedness for economic development opportunities. Courtney’s career has centered on primary development, community planning, and finance. During her tenure as the eastern field representative for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, she served as the statewide manager for industrial site evaluations and as the advisor to agency management on siting and funding speculative industrial park projects. She evaluated and recommended placement of over $5 Million in CDBG and Workforce Training Funding. Courtney’s comprehensive expertise in economic planning, development analysis, industrial infrastructure requirements and project finance uniquely positions her as a qualified industrial site development partner.