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)

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