The city of Washington will recognize Dick Oldenburg at a public open house Thursday at city hall from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Oldenburg will retire at the end of the month after 25 years in economic development work in Washington. He was director of economic development for most of that time, and for more than a year he has been working part time as an assistant to Darren Lamb, the current director.

Oldenburg was director of planning for Franklin County prior to assuming the position in Washington.

During his tenure, he obtained millions of dollars in grants for economic development projects in Washington. He worked closely with the 353 Redevelopment Corporation, the Washington Civic Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Washington, Inc., the Core Restructuring Committee and he served on several county committees. He also worked closely with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, along with state economic development groups.

Oldenburg is a member of the board of directors of the CIC and is a member of the Mercy Hospital Washington advisory board.

The open house will be in the city council chambers and is being hosted by the city.