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Rock Falls economic development leader retiring

Henrekin says she is proud of effort with Sterling, Dixon

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 11:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 1:23 a.m. CDT
Sandy Henrekin

ROCK FALLS – Sandy Henrekin, executive director of the Rock Falls Community Development Corp. since 2007, will retire next month.

“While I will miss the RFCDC greatly, and the work that we do, my husband and I are very much looking forward to the new opportunities for travel that retirement will bring to our lives,” Henrekin said in a statement released Wednesday. “We have family living throughout the United States, and we also much enjoy traveling and showing our quarter horses.”

Henrekin not only served as the executive director, but also was one of the previous charter members of the group, along with other local leaders. The group started in 2002.

Its president, Norm Deets, has worked with Henrekin since 2005.

“Sandy will be sorely missed, and her qualities will be hard to duplicate,” he said in a statement. 

Henrekin said she was confident that support from the board of directors, along with the city of Rock Falls, will be “an asset in attracting new talent to the executive director position.”

“The Rock Falls community has been my home for many years,” she said. “I ran my business here, raised my children here, and have now ended my career here trying to make a difference.”

Henrekin said one of the projects she took pride in was I-88 West, a regional effort to promote economic development along the interstate corridor. It includes development agencies in Dixon and Sterling.

The groups “have been working for many years now, marketing our communities as a region and working together in assisting our existing companies,” she said. “We share in the successes and the disappointments, realizing that job creation or losses, anywhere in the region, affect us all.”

Her last day of work will be March 14.

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