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Economic development group names director
Saturday, May 04, 2013 5:00 AM
“Economic development has always been my passion. I find it remarkable both personally and professionally. So when the opportunity arose, I had to give it a shot.”
newly named executive director of Jefferson County Industrial Development Corp., formerly known as Economic
The Jefferson County Industrial Development Corp. announced Friday that Nathan Hadley will be the next executive director of the organization.
Hadley will begin his duties at JCIDC, formerly known as the Economic Development Partners, on Monday.
Hadley, 41, was born and raised in Crawfordsville and obtained his bachelor of arts degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, before working for the Indiana Department of Commerce.
From there, he served as the director of economic development for Bloomington. Hadley also worked as the senior project manager for the Citywide Economic Development Department in Sacramento, Calif.
He served in that position for three years before returning to school to get his master's degree from the University of California-Davis. He taught at several colleges in California before returning to Indiana last year.
Hadley and his wife moved to Madison after his wife got a job as an associate professor at Hanover College.
He said has attended city and county meetings and is aware of the issues that are facing the community.
"Economic development has always been my passion. I find it remarkable both personally and professionally. So when the opportunity arose, I had to give it a shot," Hadley said.
Hadley is going to work with Bernie Murphy, the interim director for JCIDC, for a few days to get a handle on the responsibilities of the job and learn more about the community.
Hadley said his first priority will be developing relationships with existing industry and working on expansion possibilities with them.
"The first lesson of economic development is you have to work with your existing businesses," Hadley said. From there, his goal will be to work on bringing new industry to town.
Hadley said he wants to improve the quality of life in Madison and Jefferson County, an area he said employers put a heavy emphasis on when choosing a location.
"Madison's got a great history. It has a lot of neat and interesting things we'll be able to use to promote the quality of life here," Hadley said.
Gary Kennon, president of the JCIDC board, said Hadley was chosen because of the leadership style he can bring to the organization.
"This is an important time for the JCIDC, as we have made some significant changes to the organization by working with community leaders with the goal of enhancing our effectiveness in retaining, expanding and attracting new employers to the area," Kennon said. "We're confident Nathan will provide the type of leadership necessary to achieve our goal of enhancing the quality of life for all Jefferson County residents."
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