BEDFORD, Ind. (Dec. 20, 2018) – The Radius Indiana Board of Directors will begin 2019 with new Board members and a number of new initiatives for the organization, including a new strategic plan and the launch of a region-wide tourism campaign.
The board reconfirmed past Radius Indiana CEO and former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman as Board Chair, as well as approved the election of three new Board members, and ratified a 2019 budget that includes several new priorities and initiatives in support of the recently adopted strategic plan for the organization.
Additional 2019 Radius Board officers include Vice Chair Misty McCammack, Duke Energy; Secretary Tim Kinder, Martin County Alliance; and Treasurer Jamie Shinabarger, Springs Valley Bank & Trust. Rounding out the Executive Committee are Bryan Brackemyre, Indiana Municipal Power Agency; PA; Sabrina Burdine, Washington County Economic Growth Partnership; and Mayor of Linton John Wilkes.
“I am humbled and deeply honored to serve on the Radius Indiana Executive Committee,” said Brackemyre. “This is a pivotal year for Radius Indiana as the staff and board of directors recently completed a strategic plan that will promote future economic development, quality of life and tourism in Southern Indiana. It’s an exciting time to be part of this effort and I look forward to the opportunity.”
New board members elected to three-year terms are Chuck Franz, Cook Corporation; Brent Sternberg, German American Bank; and Mike Myers, Daviess County Council.
Six retiring board members were honored with proclamations for their service to the board. Those board members include: Doug Kellams, East Gate Business and Technology Park; Don Schulte, Schulte Consulting; Neil Dauby, German American Bank; John Eckberg, Cook Group; Ron Arnold, Daviess County Economic Development Corporation; and Mayor of Washington Joe Wellman.
“It has been an honor to serve with this fine group of retiring members,” said Skillman. “A lot of firsts for Radius were brought to life through them, and we are better because of it. I will miss working alongside them, but I am excited to see what the new committee members will bring to the region.”
The 2019 budget includes funding for key areas of the Radius strategic plan such as governance and leadership activities, Crane Community Support, regional marketing, talent attraction and retention, entrepreneurship and small business growth, and the recently announced regional tourism campaign– “Discover Southern Indiana.”
Some of the specific initiatives include continuing the Economic Development for Community Leadership Program and other educational courses, focusing on defense industry growth strategies, engaging in veterans’ recruitment, promoting regional job opportunities, hosting pitch competitions for aspiring entrepreneurs, and facilitating site selector trips to share the benefits of doing business in the area.
“With the implementation of our new strategic plan, 2019 will be a busy year for Radius. Our new initiatives will build on the past successes and give us the opportunity to do more to grow and strengthen the region, ” said Radius Indiana President and CEO Jeff Quyle
ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of the region to drive attraction, retention and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.