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Cortney Strohacker named executive director of DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau has a new leader after Cortney Strohacker was named executive director.

In a news release Monday, the visitors bureau announced Strohacker as the new leader.

"A longtime DeKalb County resident, Cortney has spent nearly a decade cultivating and developing strong relationships with the local municipal, business and community service leaders through her efforts to promote attractions, events and economic opportunity in the area," according to the news release.

Strohacker has been the executive director of the Genoa Chamber of Commerce for the past six years, according to the release.

"We have so much to offer here in DeKalb County; a rich history of agricultural innovation, a talented and creative group of makers and artisans with our Bold Spirits group and a world-class research university in my alma mater, NIU,” Strohacker said in the release. “My time at the Genoa Chamber has provided me a front-row seat to DeKalb County’s great events, attractions and businesses, and I am excited for the opportunity to highlight and promote these assets throughout the region and beyond.”

Strohacker will begin her new position with the bureau later in the fall and will work with interim Executive Director Bonnie Heimbach during her transition into the leadership role.

The previous executive director, Debbie Armstrong, retired at the end of March. She had worked with the bureau for 13 years.

Heimbach was named interim director in August.

In 2018, DeKalb County contributed to the state’s added economic domestic growth, with $101.7 million in travel expenditures (a 2.9% increase) and $1.69 million in local tax revenue (a 1.5% increase). More than 5,200 jobs were created or sustained across the state as a result of visitor spending, with 590 of them in DeKalb County.

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