Michigan City’s economic development leader now is a board member of a 13-state organization where new ideas to drive business growth emerge and best practices are shared.
Clarence Hulse, executive director of the Economic Development Corp. Michigan City, Indiana, recently was elected to the board of the Mid-America Economic Development Council. The organization is a coalition of economic development professionals representing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on a regional economic development board with my peers here in the Midwest,” Hulse said. “Having access to innovation and ideas from such a wide range of minds in the economic development arena will help us locally create change and tackle challenges here in our communities.”
The Mid-America EDC meets twice a year. The group’s Best Practices Conference is tentatively set for May, and typically is a networking event and opportunity to review best practices and trends.
The organization’s Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum is tentatively set for December. This session focuses on business retention and relocation and members can connect with site selection consultants.
“Especially during these volatile times, it is vital to continue to work together on creative avenues to bolster our communities and plant these ideas here in Northwest Indiana,” Hulse said.
Hulse said his role on the board is an opportunity to share successes happening in Michigan City as well as the EDCMC’s mission and accomplishments.
“Our private nonprofit continues to have a unique role in our region’s economic development today and tomorrow by bringing together private and public sectors,” he said. “We are honored to be part of a larger stage to showcase all that we do and collect ideas to do even more.”