Mandan City Announces Departure in 2023 of Director of Business Development

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Mandan’s director of communications and business development has notified the city that she plans to leave her post in January 2023 to pursue other activities.

In a letter written to the Mandan City Commission, BDC Director Ellen Huber stated that she has no immediate plans to seek other employment, hoping to spend her time working with her family, decompress her previous busy schedule and assess your future opportunities.

“It has been a great honor to be on the team that drives Mandan forward,” Huber wrote.


The city of Mandan hired Huber as its first Director of Business Development in 2006, after residents requested an advocate to help complement the work of downtown groups such as the development association and the visitors bureau. Since then, the position has changed to focus on helping to maintain and renew Mandan’s businesses, as well as assisting startups and welcoming new businesses to the community, as well as communication responsibilities. Huber has stated that “no project has ever been too small” for the department to handle.

During Huber’s time as director of the BDC, she was able to fill in the gaps in available community resources with the assistance of the Mandan Growth Fund Committee, and also connected local businesses with deficit financing, helping the city to obtain more than $10 million from the US Treasury in 2012.

In addition to his role at Mandan, Huber has led business education and outreach programs, launch challenges, center tours and other forums. She also served on the North Dakota Economic Development Association board of directors from 2012 to 2021, including a two-year president from 2017 to 2019.


“Ellen’s time with the city began during the height of installing a remediation system in central Mandan,” explains Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling. “There were a lot of gutted streets and business interruptions that were necessary to complete that project. She got going and has done a wonderful job of creating business assistance programs not just for those in the inner city but throughout the city. In addition to her knowledge of programs that benefit Mandan residents and businesses, her knowledge of her state programs is second to none. One thing that has set her apart is her drive and her passion for our community. She shows in everything she does. Ellen has been and will continue to be a great ambassador for our city in whatever adventure she embarks on next.”

Before beginning the process of transitioning and hiring a new director, city officials plan to review the department’s priorities and refine the roles of its current staff members.