Industrial Program Leader
Courtney Dunbar is the Industrial Program and Economic Development Leader for Olsson Associates, a civil engineering firm that was ranked number 106 on the Engineering News-Record list of Top 500 Design Firms in 2017, and employs more than 1,000 staff members. Olsson Associates’ staff consists of highly trained professional and technical personnel with broad experience in all phases of engineering design and construction phase services.
Courtney has 19 years of combined career experiences in economic development, site selection, community planning, and project funding. In her current role as Industrial Program and Economic Development Leader, she leads the industrial client program strategy and is actively engaged in industrial site planning, site selection, site certification, economic analysis, and community planning. Her goal is to align the intellectual and physical resources of potential developmental areas or sites with their economic needs. She has written many community plans focused on developing vital, innovative communities that entice economic growth and redevelopment as well as addressing funding strategies. Her career has centered on industrial and base-company development. She serves as a contributing writer for both Site Selection and Area Development magazines with articles centered on site preparedness for economic development opportunities. She is a sought after speaker nationally on topics related to economic development site preparedness. Courtney’s career has centered on primary development, community planning, and finance. She is a faculty instructor on topics of real estate and infrastructure development at both the Heartland Basic Economic Development Institute and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. During her tenure as the eastern field representative for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, she served as the statewide manager for industrial site evaluations and as the advisor to agency management on siting and funding speculative industrial park projects. She evaluated and recommended placement of over $5 Million in CDBG and Workforce Training Funding. Courtney’s comprehensive expertise in economic planning, development analysis, industrial infrastructure requirements and project finance uniquely positions her as a qualified industrial site development partner.