Krista Atyeo-Gortmaker begins her duties as the new executive director of the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC) on October 12. She replaces Bobbie Bohlen, who served in the position for nine years. Atyeo-Gortmaker was formerly employed as the planning and zoning officer responsible for administering and enforcing zoning regulations in Grant County. Dave Hicks, president of the GCDC board, said, “Krista brings with her a home-grown knowledge of the region and the county.”
Atyeo-Gortmaker cites listening as the key to becoming a successful executive director of any organization. “My focus has always been on the diversified health of the community, and I find that listening and employing great ideas that bubble to the top of purposeful conversations is the best way to move forward for a strong future…I look forward to moving through the history and archives to see what the main themes are and working with the organization to move forward by listening and learning and making thoughtful decisions.”
She continued, “My experience in Planning & Zoning has given me countless ways to hear from the community and educate people on the rules and the ways rules are used to help forward think a safe and reliable diversity in the development of all the individuals with great ideas for business and development. Knowing these rules and understanding the passion that comes from people who are living their dreams helps Grant County integrate and realize these forward thinking ideas will keep us a viable community for the future- whatever the future might look like.”
Atyeo-Gortmaker and her husband, Nick, live on a small acreage with their two boys — Justus (9) and Koslyn (6) — and their petting zoo. The family stays busy remodeling a 1908 farmhouse they moved to the property 10 years ago. She says, “I have an art background and love to work on projects to keep my hands busy. And this house project sure does keep us busy.” They are also active in 4-H, Countryside Covenant Church, Crystal Springs Rodeo, and Grant County Soccer.