merge midwest opportunity zone fund

We partner with progressive communities to build upon the vibrancy of their downtowns with next-generation mixed-use development

who we are

Brent Dahlstrom - Merge Urban Development Group

Brent Dahlstrom

Managing Partner

  • 2007 UNI Alumni, Student-athlete
  • Developed and owns over 1100 residential units in Iowa
  • Awards
    • 2018 National Community Development Association – Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award
    • 2018 Cedar Valley 20 Under 40
    • 2017 Iowa Finance Authority – Iowa Multifamily Housing Development Award
    • 2017 UNI Emerging Philanthropist Award
Joy Hannemann - Merge

Joy Hannemann

Operations Partner

  • 2020 Master of Business Administration (MBA) – University of Wisconsin – Wisconsin School of Business
  • 2010 BA Mass Communications & Journalism – Public Relations, Marketing – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • Experience in economic development, construction, and real estate investing – in the four years preceding Merge, Joy managed real estate and startup holdings within a $100M+ family office
Kelsey Hargens - Merge

Kelsey Hargens

Creative Director

  • 2009 Graduate of Iowa State University – BFA in Graphic Design
  • 2011 Masters of Adult and Higher Education – University of Oklahoma
  • 10+ years of corporate design/marketing experience
Adam Anderson - Merge

Adam Anderson

Accountant

  • 2004 Masters of Accounting Iowa State University
  • 2002 Bachelor of Science Accounting with a minor in Management
  • 15 years experience in Managerial and Financial Accounting in large public and private companies
June Krueger - Merge

June Krueger

Bookkeeper

  • 30+ years of experience in public administration, human resources, and accounting
  • June retired from her role as Clerk for the Village of Stratford in January 2020
  • In her free time she gardens, volunteers, and is an advocate for Organ & Tissue donation (she is also a living donor)

our capital partner

Skydeck Holdings

Skydeck, based in Chicago, is a private investment firm investing capital on behalf of the Polsky family. Skydeck invests in opportunistic and income producing real property with experienced operators. Because of the group’s proprietary capital base, Skydeck is not bound by any pre-defined time horizons or investment hurdles, and can be very opportunistic.

 

The foundation of Skydeck is the experience and entrepreneurial spirit of its founder, Michael Polsky, who founded Indeck Energy Services, Skygen Energy and his latest venture, Invenergy. The name Skydeck pays homage to the successful exits of Skygen and Indeck. These three successful businesses were built from the ground up into multi-billion dollar enterprises. Today, Invenergy is North America’s largest independent, privately held renewable energy provider and is leading the industry and country to a clean energy future.

who we are

Joy Hannemann - Merge

Joy Hannemann

  • 2020 Master of Business Administration (MBA) – University of Wisconsin – Wisconsin School of Business
  • 2010 BA Mass Communications & Journalism – Public Relations, Marketing – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • Experience in economic development, construction, and real estate investing – in the four years preceding Merge, Joy managed real estate and startup holdings within a $100M+ family office
Adam Anderson - Merge Urban Development

Adam Anderson

  • 2004 Masters of Accounting Iowa State University
  • 2002 Bachelor of Science Accounting with a minor in Management
  • 15 years experience in Managerial and Financial Accounting in large public and private companies

our capital partner

Skydeck Holdings

Skydeck, based in Chicago, is a private investment firm investing capital on behalf of the Polsky family. Skydeck invests in opportunistic and income producing real property with experienced operators. Because of the group’s proprietary capital base, Skydeck is not bound by any pre-defined time horizons or investment hurdles, and can be very opportunistic.

 

The foundation of Skydeck is the experience and entrepreneurial spirit of its founder, Michael Polsky, who founded Indeck Energy Services, Skygen Energy and his latest venture, Invenergy. The name Skydeck pays homage to the successful exits of Skygen and Indeck. These three successful businesses were built from the ground up into multi-billion dollar enterprises. Today, Invenergy is North America’s largest independent, privately held renewable energy provider and is leading the industry and country to a clean energy future.