Deb Heintz

Prosser Economic Development Association (Prosser EDA) Executive Director Deb Heintz has retired. During her tenure, she worked side by side with regional partners including Port of Benton, City of Prosser, Chamber of Commerce, Benton County, and principal businesses to grow Prosser’s economy by focusing on an aggressive and robust strategic work plan. Although Prosser EDA’s service area extends from the Rattlesnake Hills to the north and the Columbia River to the south, most of the growth occurred within Prosser’s city limits.

Since 2004, Deb has been working on economic development projects and her accomplishments are diverse and extraordinary. Some of her fondest and favorite projects include: retaining the county seat in Prosser, development of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, overseeing the Leadership Prosser Program, improvements to Horse Heaven Vista, organizing a downtown revitalization effort now called the Historic Downtown Prosser Association, the annual high school business plan competition and administering the Community Grant Writer Program.

Also, Deb found recruiting new businesses to Prosser, and keeping existing businesses healthy, to be especially challenging, but incredibly rewarding.

Deb had a very special and heartfelt thank you for Jane Hagarty, Port of Benton Commissioner, who has served on the Prosser EDA Board since the organization’s inception in 1984!

“She was such an inspiration in so many ways. Jane’s guidance and support was invaluable and beyond measure.”

Deb Heintz speaking about Commissioner Jane Hagarty’s influence on her career

Also, Deb thanked the Port of Benton for making the job easier, the financial support to Prosser EDA, and most importantly, for purchasing land, installing infrastructure, constructing buildings and leasing spaces for the economic benefit and prosperity of Prosser.