This educational opportunity presented by Richard Koontz, Director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center regarding how local/regional EDCs are in perhaps the most vulnerable position of all private non-profits as it relates to laws governing public document disclosure/transparency. It is imperative today’s economic developer understand the law and how to properly respond to disclosure requests. The high level of confidentiality essential to economic development must be balanced by the intense interest in the goings-on of the local/regional EDC by the citizenry in many areas- this has created a demand that you better understand the implications of the acceptance of public funding, the people you seat on your board and the way you structure your organization to ensure you are in compliance.
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BIO: Richard Koontz, Director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC), received his undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston and wrote his thesis on contemporary poetry. After graduating from the New England School of Law, he practiced in Boston at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue then later joined the law firm of Goodwin, Proctor and Hoar where he did estate planning. He was general counsel for Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History from 1991 to 1996 where he dealt with issues involving Native American collections, human remains, environmental collections, public safety, and tax exemption. Since 1997 he has been an adjunct professor at The University Of Iowa College Of Law where he teaches Nonprofit and Cultural Property Law courses.
Richard is committed to helping Iowa nonprofits understand the legal and operational issues they face in performing essential community services. He played a significant role in drafting and editing the Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence and travels around the state to instruct nonprofits about these self-regulatory guidelines. He is eager for the INRC to serve the nonprofits of Iowa and is a major sponsor of teaching on and off campus.
You can reach Richard Koontz directly at
The Larned A. Waterman
Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
130 Grand Avenue Court
Iowa City,IA 52242