Emily Legel


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Monday through Friday – NW Illinois Economic Development Cell: 815-297-7361


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Emily Legel joined CEDA in July 2019 working with Northwest Illinois Economic Development

Emily Legel

as the Executive Director. She has her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa with concentrations in Economic Development and Housing and Community Development. Her graduate capstone project was a downtown plan for Webster City, Iowa.

Emily was raised in Thomson, Illinois, in the area she now works in. Prior to joining CEDA, Emily held was a teaching assistant for the Department of Economics at the University of Iowa. Previous work experience includes internships with the Clinton Regional Development Corporation in Clinton, Iowa and the Iowa City Area Development Group in Iowa City. Outside of work, Emily can be found reading one of her numerous business books or spending time with her dog, Izzy.

Emily has a passion for entrepreneurship and business development and looks forward to connecting businesses in Northwest Illinois with the resources they need to grow in the twenty-first century.