Community Development Specialist
Chad Kingstrom was hired as a Community Development Specialist to focus on transportation in March 2019. As a native of Sacred Heart in Renville County, he is excited to work with communities in western Minnesota in a new role. He served on the Sacred Heart City Council from 2010 to 2015 and the Renville County EDA Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Southwest Minnesota State University and upon completion of his thesis, focusing on Southwestern Minnesota, he will have a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
His working background is in agriculture where he has worked in the nursery industry, corn, soybean, and sugar beet production, as well as organic vegetable production, both locally and in Virginia. He has been living in rural Virginia near Richmond with his wife and preschool age daughter. He loves growing food, family reunions, and lending a hand or bending an ear to farmer and artist friends. He’s looking forward to getting back to walking in the Upper Sioux State Park along the Minnesota River. Welcome, Chad!