Welcome from the Executive Director

As an economic development organization, the EDCMC certainly strives to attract and retain business as well as partner to develop our workforce. But economic development is so much more than site selection, data and tax incentives. Our mission and goals are focused on areas and arenas that go beyond the numbers.

We are addressing the issues and needs of our diverse population by always adopting a synergetic scope to evaluate transportation, health care, economic inclusion, childcare, food access and more. In 2022, we tackled these topics with a variety of community, state and federal partner organizations.

Leaders gathered to officially mark the South Shore Line’s Double Track project in Michigan City. We joined community members to “break ground” on HealthLinc’s new Michigan City location. Initiatives are also focusing on economic inclusion and child care. As we move on from our Silver Anniversary, we are proud of our past, present and how we are progressing.

– Clarence L. Hulse

EDCMC Staff

Clarence
Hulse

Executive
Director

chulse@edcmc.com

Liliana
Franco

Operations
Director

lfranco@edcmc.com

Karaline
Cartagena Edwards

Economic Development
Manager

kcedwards@edcmc.com

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.

Board of Directors

Bill Hackney

Chair

Publisher – Herald-Dispatch

Seth Spencer

Vice Chair

CEO & Founder – SERA Group

steve kring board member

Steve Kring

Treasurer

Regional President Horizon Bank

Brenda Temple

Secretary

General Manager – Blue Chip Hotel, Casino & Spa

Linda Simmons

Past Chair

Director of Marketing -Visit Michigan City La Porte

Don Babcock

Member

Director of Economic Development & Community Relations – Purdue University Northwest

Jessica Bailey

Member

Vice President, Human Resources Sullair – A Hitachi Group Company

Jesse Baldwin

Member

Chief Operating Officer – Triplex Plating

Brian Coleman

Member

Commercial Broker – Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Group

Bryant Dabney

Member

City Council at Large – Michigan City Common Council

Barbara Eason Watkins

Member

Superintendent – Michigan City Area Schools

Dean Mazzoni

Member

President & CEO – Franciscan Health – Michigan City

Angie Nelson Deuitch

Member

Mayor – City of Michigan City

Scott Newcomb

Member

Director of Plant Operations – Sullivan-Palatek

Stephanie Oberlie

Member

President & COO -Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company

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