Benson – Minnesota
Benson is located about 130 miles west of the Twin Cities.
Benson is located along the Chippewa River and is the county seat for Swift County.
Hillary joined the CEDA team in February of 2020 as the Economic and Business Development Specialist for the City of Benson. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Prior to joining CEDA, Hillary worked as an accounting controller in the private sector. This experience has provided Hillary with familiarity and understanding of a multitude of financial scenarios.
Originally from Mayville, North Dakota, Hillary has a deep-rooted passion for rural communities. She looks forward to serving her community.
Joe joined the CEDA team in October 2022 as a Community and Business Development Specialist for the cities of Benson, Dawson, and Murdock. He holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of South Dakota and a Bachelor of Arts from Morningside University. Prior to joining CEDA, he worked as the Organizational Evaluator for an intergovernmental collaborative serving Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, and Yellow Medicine Counties in Minnesota. Before coming to Minnesota, he served Western Iowa’s largest substance use treatment provider and with the Homeland Security Institute as an Associate Analyst. He brings experience from the federal, state, and county levels of government along with a passion for listening to different perspectives and building partnerships. Joe hails from Sergeant Bluff, IA. He looks forward to serving his communities and being part of CEDA.