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Meet Imagine Grinnell: Emily Counts

Get to know the staff and board of Imagine Grinnell! This week, we are featuring Emily Counts, a board member of Imagine Grinnell.

Emiliy Counts Headshot

Years with Imagine Grinnell: 3 years


Are you a Grinnell Native?  Where did you grow up, and how long have you lived in Grinnell?

I grew up on a dairy farm near Hawkeye in northeast Iowa. I moved to Grinnell about five years ago.


What is your educational background?

I majored in Public Relations and Communications at Wartburg College.


What is your favorite thing about Grinnell?

Grinnell is such a special place. If I had to choose just one of my favorite things about it, it would be that there is always something happening here. Whether it is the farmers market, a Grinnell College basketball game, a theatre performance or a festival downtown, I enjoy being a part of a community with so much energy.


What attracted you to working with Imagine Grinnell?

Imagine Grinnell’s focus on green, growing and playing helps better our community as a whole and I wanted to be a part of that.


Tell us a little about your career.

My work at the chamber of commerce is incredibly varied. I work on projects that strengthen the business community, further economic growth in our area, increase vitality and brand Grinnell as a tourist destination. My goal is to make Grinnell a vibrant place to live, learn work, and play.


What is your favorite part of working with Imagine Grinnell?

I enjoy being involved in Imagine Grinnell projects that add to the quality of life in Grinnell.


If you could improve any one thing about Grinnell, what would you change and why?

If I had a magic wand, I would make sure every person in the country knew of our community and wanted to visit.


Any memorable moments from your time with Imagine Grinnell?

Working on Summer Street Park and seeing it from concept to fruition was a really fun project and added something new to Grinnell.


If asked “why should I become a member of Imagine Grinnell?” what would you tell them?

When you support Imagine Grinnell, you’re supporting efforts to promote a healthy environment, increase recreational opportunities and add to the quality of life here in Grinnell. Your investment will help us better Grinnell for generations to come.