The Director of Economic & Community Development focus is to create an environment where regional and national business leaders see West Central Indiana as a prime location to operate and grow their companies. The Director will understand the West Central Indiana Region as it is today and envision what future potential it has to offer.

He/she should strive to achieve that vision by creating a strong foundation to utilize best practices in economic development, education, community development, funding sources, quality of life, place, and planning initiatives.

Thrive West Central’s core focus and mission is to be an innovation regional driver dedicated to enhancing community assets while improving the overall quality of life in West Central Indiana though complex-problem- solving, quality service, and collaborative partnerships. The organizational mission and vision for West Central
Indiana should intertwine.

A successful Director will have strong communication skills (written and verbal), project management skills, be an innovative problem-solver, and embody the heart of a servant-leader. The Director will possess an ability to target and aggressively pursue a diverse range of tools that support businesses, local governments, and community stakeholders throughout the region.

The Director of Economic & Community Development must be able to effectively build relationships with business leaders, elected officials, government employees, and other key stakeholders throughout the region, state, and nationally. The Director should also be able to leverage local and regional economic data to attract and support local businesses and have strong understanding of business finance, government regulations, business technology tools, leadership, grant writing, grant administration, and community development.

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