Oberlie to lead EDCMC Board

January 11, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY — With some major development projects on the horizon, the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City will have some new leadership as it works to attract new businesses and help existing ones grow.

The EDCMC elected new officers at its meeting in December, and also welcomed a new board member.

Stephanie Oberlie, president & COO for Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company, was elected chair for 2019.

“I am excited and looking forward to seeing more significant economic development projects in Michigan City,” Oberlie said. “The community is moving in the right direction and the business community are encouraged with the many quality of life initiatives the city has undertaken as it makes it easier for them to recruit employees.”

Also elected were Linda Simmons, director of marketing for Visit Michigan City-LaPorte, the new vice chair; and Dennis Kuhn, executive vice president of Horizon Bank, as treasurer. All were elected unanimously by the EDCMC Board.

Outgoing chairman Bill Hackney, publisher of The News-Dispatch and La Porte County Herald-Argus, said, “It has been an exciting year for me and the rest of the EDCMC Board as we work with staff and the business community to bring long planned projects to fruition.

“Of particular note this past year was the annexation of large acreage into the city for future development, and the update of the EDCMC Strategic Action Plan,” he said. “We have developed lots of synergy with our public and private partners and have created an unlimited pipeline for community and economic development projects.”

Current Board members who were re-elected, also unanimously, were Don Babcock, director of economic development at NIPSCO; Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins, superintendent of Michigan City Area Schools; and attorney Bill Kaminski of Newby Lewis Kaminski Jones LLP.

Joining the board of directors will be Tim Haas, owner of Haas & Associates Consulting Engineers, who will serve a three-year term.

Other board members include: Mayor Ron Meer; City Council member Tim Bietry, Rick Dekker, CEO of Dekker Vacuum Technologies; Dean Mazzoni, president and CEO of Franciscan Health Michigan City; Anna Ratdke, manager of Bridges Waterside Grille; Brenda Temple, general manager of Blue Chip Hotel, Casino & Spa; and Brian Tylisz, vice president of sales at Sullair.

The purpose of the EDCMC Board of Directors is to “uphold the duties and mission of the organization, which strives to grow and attract new industry and business to the community, as well as strengthen existing business and guide staff in policy decisions, strategy, evaluation, and resources,” a statement from the EDCMC said.

“The EDCMC exists 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.”

For more information, contact the EDCMC office at (219) 873-1211.

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