In January, the Greensburg Decatur County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) appointed a new Executive Committee, including the positions of president, vice president and treasurer.
According to EDC Executive Director Marc Coplon, Bryan Robbins, executive director of MainStreet Greensburg, was named president, Linda Simmons, CEO of Decatur County Memorial Hospital, was named vice president, and Chris Bower of MainSource bank was re-appointed treasurer.
Coplon noted that, at the moment, the committee doesn’t have a secretary.
“For now,” Coplon said, “our office coordinator, Natasha Kellerman, is serving as a kind of fill-in secretary at the meetings.”
Coplon anticipates the secretary position being filled at the EDC’s June meeting.
“We had some difficulty finding people with sufficient time and expertise to fill these positions,” Coplon admitted. “And I’m so thankful that Bryan, Linda and Chris all stepped up and agreed to serve. There all very good people; they’re prominent in the community, and they’re all extremely qualified. Greensburg is lucky to have them.”
Coplon also noted that committee members are normally named in June and serve a one-year term. The normal cycle, however, was thrown off in 2011 when former Vice President Pat More was forced to resign when his company — Duke Energy — re-assigned him to another district.
“The vice president normally serves with the understanding they’ll become the next president,” the executive director explained. “When Pat left, it threw our cycle out of whack.”
Before Robbins was named president in January, former President Steve Freeman had served 18 months.
Robbins told the Daily News he’s glad to serve until June 2014 if necessary.
“I know Linda’s really busy with the hospital expansion project at the moment,” he said. “So I’ll leave it up to her and the committee.”
Whether Robbins stays past June 2013 or no, his vision for the EDC moving forward remains unchanged, he said.
“I think it’s important,” he said, “to advertise our community to the greatest extent possible. We have wonderful locations, resources and statistics; and the people of Decatur County are second to none. We want the world to know; we want to make Greensburg and Decatur County not just an attractive place for new business to locate to, but also an attractive place to live.”
Robbins added his belief that the community has something for businesses large and small.
“We have a number of shovel-ready sites out by Honda,” he said, “sites that are state-certified as being ready for business to locate to and build on.”
Robbins and Coplon alike mentioned an EDC-sponsored auto expo being planned for June and a job fair for April.
“We want to showcase Greensburg and Decatur County and it’s businesses, people and expertise,” Robbins said. “We want to show off the things we can do well and generate a sense of pride in the various industries we host here and in the community in general. I’d like to see Decatur County grow to become a kind of ‘unofficial’ capital of South Eastern Indiana.”
Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.