Welcome from the Executive Director

A spark is all it takes to spur a transition, innovation or transformation. While sometimes these flashes ignite a fresh perspective quickly, it typically takes patience, hard work and effort to fan the flames of change over time. Small steps are leading to tremendous gains on our passage from promise to potential to real opportunities.

In 2021, our team continued to uncover these sparks not only on the economic development front, but also in our contributions to our community and connections to partner organization and businesses. Our strategically placed steps have continued to keep us advancing toward growth, development and community changes.

While 2021 was hindered by ongoing pandemic challenges, we definitely spotted a lot of sparks that are laying the groundwork for today’s potential to turn into tomorrow’s opportunities. In 2022, our team is continuing to be at the center of igniting innovation and change as our organization marks 25 years. We see Our Potential, for Our Opportunity as now is Our Time.

– Clarence L. Hulse

EDCMC Staff

Clarence
Hulse

Executive
Director

chulse@edcmc.com

About Clarence

Liliana
Franco

Office
Manager

lfranco@edcmc.com

About Liliana

Mission Statement

To develop and implement seamless policies, procedures and programs for economic and community development that drive systemic and long-term viability through collaboration and consensus with our stakeholders and community resources.

Vision Statement

To assure the long-term viability of Michigan City with a healthy and robust business environment, modern public infrastructure, a stable tax base, outstanding customer service and quality human, technical and financial resources so that local leaders are able to sustain needed change.

Where We’re Going From Here

As a private nonprofit, the EDCMC is best able to serve the business community. We are dedicated to attracting new companies, helping existing businesses, spurring entrepreneurial efforts, developing educational opportunities and cultivating a strong workforce. We work toward this by uniting private and public sectors, business and community leaders and government and industry officials – all to incite economic growth.

In 2019, EDCMC put into place the groundwork for a long-term strategy: “An Agenda for Economic Prosperity.” The essence of the economic development plan is centered around strong synergy between all local entities from government to nonprofits. By partnering under the umbrella of equity, inclusion and a shared vision, local leaders are paving the way toward the city’s continued growth. The strategic plan has taken on an even more vital role as communities across America face challenges and obstacles.

The strategy’s elements include a focus on talent, business retention and development, housing accessibility, transportation solutions and inclusive economic opportunities.

The four tenets adopted by the EDCMC Board of Directors and city officials for the 2019-23 plan:

Businesses continue to base location decisions on availability of talent and cultivation of workforce development. Michigan City is concentrating on eight action steps to obtain this goal, including fostering connections to young professionals, partnering with industries to create the needed talent pool and creating a world-class robotics lab.

Michigan City needs to adapt and adjust to spark economic vitality. With an eye on sources of strength such as manufacturing and tourism, the plan pinpoints additional priorities for business development. While carrying on site selection and attraction efforts, entrepreneurship should take a top role with co-working spaces, small business competition, developer space and expert support.

The heart of a city is its sense of community. Michigan City’s amenities, housing and transportation options, attractions and enjoyable atmosphere are all vital to its vitality. The plan lays out five initiatives to continue to create a place where people want to work and live today and tomorrow.

Michigan City has a story to tell. The plan looks to spotlight business successes and community assets through a storytelling campaign and branding initiative. By featuring the people and places unique to Michigan City, the plan targets current and future residents as well as visitors and tourists.

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Board of Directors

Linda Simmons

Chair

Director of Marketing -Visit Michigan City La Porte

Bill Hackney

Vice Chair

Publisher – Herald-Dispatch

Dennis Kuhn

Treasurer

Executive Vice President Horizon Bank

Stephanie Oberlie

Past Chair

President & COO -Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company

Brenda Temple

Secretary

General Manager – Blue Chip Hotel, Casino & Spa

Barbara Eason Watkins

Member

Superintendent – Michigan City Area Schools

Katie Eaton

Member

President – Michigan City Chamber of Commerce

Scott Newcomb

Member

Director of Plant Operations – Sullivan-Palatek

Don Babcock

Member

Director of Economic Development & Community Relations – Purdue University Northwest

John Hendricks

Member

Principal Engineer, Gas Engineering – NIPSCO

Dean Mazzoni

Member

President & CEO – Franciscan Health – Michigan City

Dalia Zygas

Member

City Council at Large – Michigan City Common Council

Duane Parry

Member

Mayor – City of Michigan City

Seth Spencer

Member

CEO & Founder – SERA Solutions

Brian Tylisz

Member

Vice President, Sales Sullair – A Hitachi Group Company

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