New Chief Economic Development Officer

December  16, 2013

      A veteran leader for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has been promoted. Today the chamber announced executive vice president Paul Rumler now has the additional title of Chief Economic Development Officer.  Rumer says that means he'll be in charge of deploying the staff and resources of the chamber to retain and create jobs. 

      "How do we grow business, how do we help our community be in a position to attract new companies to town. And how do we help new entrepeneurs and innovators to take their ideas and concepts and put them into reality and make sure they have the infrastructure and talents to make that happen."

      A native of Moline, Rumler says the new job is one he's always dreamed about. 

      "To have an opportunity to have a job where you wake up every day and say what can I do to improve my hometown. How do I work in an energetic and passionate manner to build a team to get that done. For me this is an opportunity of a lifetime."

      He first joined the Illinois Quad Cities chamber in 2006, and then moved to the Quad Cities chamber when the merged group was formed in 2010. And he replaces Bill Martin who recently retired.