SD Fellow Candidate
Kate Moreland is Vice President for the Iowa City Area Development Group. Kate leads investor outreach and engagement, including facilitating group collaborations pertaining to pressing economic development issues such as K12 workforce development, existing industry, and entrepreneurial development. Kate is a catalyst coach and uses strategic doing to assist education organizations in their pursuit of transforming the delivery of education.
Kate graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1997 and worked as an attorney until 2005. Kate has been an adjunct faculty member at Kirkwood Community College and the University of Iowa College of Law. Kate worked as Director of Community Relations for the Iowa City Community School District where she served as a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet.
Jeremy Murdock is a Research Associate II with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University. He is heavily involved in ground-level community development issues, especially those related to design, planning, and revitalization. His current work is aimed at helping community leaders take action and achieve results by fostering collaboration and taking incremental steps toward the change they want to see.
Jeremy, a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi, obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in landscape architecture from Mississippi State University. Following graduate school, he entered the world of community development and has worked with numerous communities in Mississippi and throughout the southeast. He is passionate about downtown revitalization, urban planning, tourism, economic development, and rural development. He is one of only two certified Strategic Doing™ practitioners in the State of Mississippi.
Jeremy is heavily entrenched in community development, both professionally and personally. He is an active volunteer and advocate for quality of life issues in his own community, and has served on numerous boards and committees in his hometown of Starkville, Mississippi. Murdock’s recent volunteer efforts have included serving as the Chairman of the Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors; on the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP) Board of Directors; GSDP Executive Council; and the Starkville Main Street Association Board of Directors. Murdock’s past volunteer efforts have included the Chairman of the Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission; Chairman of the Starkville Main Street Design Committee; member of the Starkville Area Arts Council Board of Directors; member of the Starkville in Motion Board of Directors; member of the Starkville Beautification Committee; and a volunteer at the Starkville Community Market among others.
Born and raised in the Mountain West in a state that boasts more antelope than people, he found his way to Iowa with the opportunity to play college baseball. He graduated a Hawkeye with a degree in Economics before embarking on a diverse and winding path of business and relationship development opportunities.
He is a sharp dressed, smooth talking, Tough Mudder that between Crossfit workouts and climbing the 14,000 ft peaks of Colorado spreads the gospel of the Iowa City area in an effort to attract business to the region. From Automated Vehicles and Education Technology to Natural and Organic Foods, Tom takes his work seriously, but rarely himself. He found his way to ICAD via a sorted and checkered career history with roles at Allsteel, Tippie College of Business, and community place-making with the Blue Zones Project. Along the way he has lived in Silicon Valley and Austin, TX, but proudly calls Iowa City his home.
His journey with Strategic Doing started in Dec 2016 and has led to over 45 local practitioners being trained since January 2018. He became a CWL in September 2019 with the goal of achieving Fellow in 2020. He has participated in nearly 2 dozen engagements to date and is working closely to become an SD Affiliate in partnership with the University of Iowa.
He is married with two teenage step-sons, three dogs, and a cat that keep things interesting outside the office. He volunteers his time as a High School baseball coach, enjoys golf, cooking, and a good bike ride. The simple things in life, like good beer, good food, and good conversations along with family and friends are what he finds the most rewarding.
Phone: (563) 506-3280