I&M Supports Economic Development Partners’ Professional Development

January 18, 2019 – I&M provided scholarships to four area community and economic development professionals to attend the Indiana Basic Economic Development Course offered by Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University.

This weeklong basic course at Horizon Convention Center in Muncie offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods and strategies that comprise the foundation of economic development activities to build vibrant communities.

I&M provided scholarships covering registration costs for four are development partners in our Indiana service territory:

  • Bill Walters, Executive Director, East Central Indiana Planning District
  • Mike Galbraith, Director of Road to One Million, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
  • Missy Williams, Community Development Director, Randolph County Economic Development Corporation
  • Kenneth Hughes, Plan Director, Noble County Plan Commission

Class sessions focused on managing economic development organizations, business retention and expansion, strategic planning, marketing and business attraction, small business and entrepreneurship development, real estate, and workforce development. The course is sanctioned by the International Economic Development Counsel.

I&M works with these and various development representatives to attract new businesses and help existing businesses expand.