Economic Development Division Testimonials

The Northwest Bank Economic Development Division offers a unique tool for large-scale commercial projects. Our tax increment financing (TIF) loan program has been a winning solution for many developers/investors and municipalities we’ve worked with across the country. 

Here's what some of our customers have to say

“It is rare to work with a bank that truly understands economic development

I have done loans with a lot of different banks throughout my career, but what really set this one apart is the unique relationship. My lender, Linda Wunsch, had a background in economic development, and that made everything easier. It is rare to work with a banker with such a vast knowledge of TIFs and how they impact the total deal structure. It was easy to include her in my conversations with the city which made everything go more smoothly. It actually felt like she was part of my team, helping me put my deal together.

Keystone on 8th was a particularly complicated deal with a lot of obstacles to overcome. Northwest Bank had a team of people working to bring it to the finish line. It was a great collaboration. I felt like the bank wanted the project to happen as much as I did. I look forward to continuing to work with Northwest Bank for my TIF lending – in fact, we’re already working on another project.”

Joe Cordaro
President, JGC Holdings

Keystone on 8th Development
Keystone on 8th - Mixed-Use Development in West Des Moines, Iowa

“I’ve done two TIF loans so far with Northwest Bank and it’s been a great experience.

Everyone has been very responsive. I appreciate the fact that they are not scared off by the more difficult loans. Because Northwest Bank has more experience in working in this area of economic development, they can turn things around quickly. I look forward to working with them on another project in the future.”

Mike Works
REV Development

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TIF Loan Program
Emily Blaylock

Emily Blaylock

Senior Vice President
Chief Lending Officer

Emily has spent six years in accounting and over 15 years in banking. She has held a variety of leadership roles in commercial lending ranging from large multi-national banks to local community banks, joining Northwest Bank as Chief Lending Officer in 2016.

563.388.2555

Corey Martin

Corey Martin

Vice President
Commercial Banker & Economic Development Lender

Previously owning and operating his own company, Corey brings a unique perspective to Commercial Lending. Corey graduated from St. Ambrose University and has over 18 years of financial and business experience.

563.388.2505

Tom Casanova

Tom Casanova
Assistant Vice President
Commercial Loan Officer
Economic Development Division – Wisconsin

Tom has a varied background in business and economic development, and most recently served as the Senior Manager of Business Development at the Waukesha County Business Alliance. Tom’s main motivation has always been helping people and businesses achieve success.

414.651.3119

Jeremy Voss

Jeremy Voss
Assistant Vice President
Commercial Loan Officer
Economic Development Division – Nebraska

Jeremy holds two Master of Business Administration degrees and has served as the Executive Director of a non-profit Economic Development organization in Nebraska and Project Manager for a Des Moines Metro Economic Development group, totaling over ten years of experience in Rural Development.

563.388.2544

Linda Wunsch

Linda Wunsch
Assistant Vice President
Commercial Loan Officer
Economic Development Division – Iowa

Linda has 30 years of expertise in economic development, TIF and deal structuring. She is a Certified Economic Development Professional, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, and has a Certification in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional.

563.388.2514

Beth Rogers

Beth Rogers
Lending Operations Officer
Economic Development Division

Beth has a Master’s Degree in Economics and has spent over 20 years working in the financial services industry with a focus on financial reporting and analysis. She uses that talent and experience to help analyze our economic development loans and she works with customers to efficiently and effectively close their loans.

563.388.2597

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