Ammon Mayor Dana Kirkham was hired for a new position with Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho.
Starting Monday, Kirkham will be REDI’s part-time science, technology and research (STAR) director. Kirkham will work full time for REDI after her mayoral term ends in December; she isn’t seeking re-election.
“This looks like a good challenge and a nice opportunity to expand my ambassador role beyond the city of Ammon to eastern Idaho,” Kirkham said. “We have a lot to offer and I’d like the opportunity to try to sell us a bit.”
Kirkham will be the point of contact regarding eastern Idaho’s science and research communities, which include Idaho National Laboratory, several universities and a handful of advanced manufacturing companies.
In her new role, Kirkham will focus on leveraging local federal resources.
“There’s opportunities through (INL contractor) Fluor, INL, the FBI in Pocatello and other federal programs that maybe the community at large needs to have a better understanding of, and their value in economic development, opportunity and education,” she said. “And hopefully that’s what I’ll bring to this position.”
Kirkham has professional experience with several federal agencies.
“With her background in working at the federal government, CIA and State Department, and her strong legislative experience, Dana will bring impressive skills to support STAR efforts throughout the region,” REDI CEO Jan Rogers said in a news release.