City Manager Rick Getschow has appointed Julie Klima as the city’s new director of community development.
Klima was promoted after the recent retirement of Janet Jeremiah who was director for 17 years.
“Julie’s demonstrated vision and leadership, coupled with her impressive background and dedication to our city, will serve her and the organization as we move forward,” said Getschow.
Klima began her employment with the City as a Senior City Planner in 2013 and was promoted to City Planner in 2014. Prior to coming to Eden Prairie, she worked as a City Planner for over 15 years in the City of Shakopee.
During his eight years with the City, Klima was instrumental in several major commercial and residential development projects while serving as an effective liaison with the Planning Commission. She was instrumental in the city’s southwest light rail project team and led the Aspire Eden Prairie 2040 full plan update and creation of city-wide design guidelines.
As a director, Klima directs the Department of Community Development, which includes the divisions of assessment, economic development, housing and community services and planning.
“My time at Eden Prairie has been filled with exceptional opportunities and I am honored to now serve as Director of Community Development,” said Klima. “We have a talented team in place and I am delighted to be working alongside them as we guide the department and the city into the future.”
Klima holds a bachelor’s degree in local and urban affairs from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree in urban planning from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is also certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).