"We work with lenders for small businesses. Whether creating or retaining jobs, starting or expanding, we’ll help small businesses make best use of their financial resources".


Prairieland EDC is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1983 as a Certified Development Company. We provide loans to small businesses


We provide loans to small businesses to promote:


  • Stimulate the growth and expansion of small business and industry
  • Promote the improvement of community services
  • Expand business ownership opportunities
  • Increase employment opportunities
  • Promote the development of general and community welfare
  • Increase the local tax base

Meet Our Team

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Wally Thomas


Wally joined the Prairieland EDC team in 2021 as Administrator and Interim CEO, working to provide leadership for a smooth transition as the organization continues to expand and grow.


Julie Dahlhoff

VP of Operations

Loan Processing/Closing Specialist

Julie joined the Prairieland EDC in 2012 and works in the areas of loan processing and loan closing. Her work includes the preparation of loan application documents, loan closing documents and financial analysis.

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Trygve Fredrickson

Loan Officer

Trygve joined the Prairieland EDC team in 2021 and works as a Loan Officer. His background in lending and economic development will allow him to serve Prairieland EDC clients with a broad perspective.

Kelly Garden

Kelly Konechne

Portfolio Manager

Kelly joined the Prairieland EDC team in 2019 with experience as a financial adviser and leasing agent which gives her excellent skills to work directly with our small business loan customers through the life of their loan.

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Brett Barker

Loan Assistant

Brett is a recent Management Business Administration graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. He joined the Prairieland EDC team in 2021 as a Loan Assistant, where he works to create and prepare documents and necessary information for new and existing clients.

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Meet the Board of Directors

Front Row: Sherri Schueller, Jill Mockler, Brigid Tuck, Pete Neigebauer

Back Row: Matthew Dorothy, Dion Warne, Chad Syltie

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