HEDC seeking executive director

Hancock Economic Development Council is seeking an executive director.

Resumes will be accepted until noon on Nov. 1, 2017.

Due to extenuating circumstances the start date is not yet set but will be around January 1, 2018 but subject to change.

Job Description
Executive Director
Hancock Economic Development Council


The Executive Director works closely with the HEDC Board of Directors and local elected officials to orchestrate an environment conducive to attracting new economic investment in Hancock County and retaining or expanding existing businesses for the purpose of creating new jobs and enhancing the County’s long-term tax base.

A healthy working relationship with all governmental units is paramount to success in this position. The overall objective is to create a business environment conducive to the attraction of new businesses and retention of existing businesses in Hancock County.


  • Direct County economic development initiatives.
  • Proactively cultivate and secure new economic investment in Hancock County with the assistance of local, state, federal, and various public/private groups.
  • Assist existing businesses with expansion opportunities.
  • Work with the appropriate government officials to ensure that all local Hancock County communities are prepared for current and emerging economic opportunities and demands.
  • Provides assistance in the development of short and long-term economic and community development plans, as well as the gathering of information and preparation of studies, reports, and recommendations to achieve such goals. This will involve the preparation and maintenance of information on utilities, taxes, zoning, transportation, community services, financing tools, and incentives, in order to respond to requests for information for economic development purposes, and the coordination with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Provides professional economic development advice, assists in the application and permitting process, and serve as an advocate for economic development in line with the Hancock County Comprehensive Plan, zoning ordinances, and goals as established by the County and local units of government.
  • Provides information and/or makes presentations to County Commissioners and County Council members, City and Town Councils, boards, commissions, civic groups, businesses, individuals, and the general public on economic development issues, programs, services, and plans.
  • Becomes familiar with the existing inventory of available buildings and business and residential development sites within the community. This will include both public and private buildings and land areas.
  • Serves as a member of economic development groups or task force that promote economic and community development at the local, State or Federal level, as deemed necessary or appropriate.
  • Monitors legislation and regulations relating to economic development, and report findings.
  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of economic development, and to represent the interests of the County.
  • Provides assistance to local Redevelopment Commissions as needed.
  • Oversees the application and compliance processes for the tax abatement system in Hancock County. Supply annual reports to the County Council on companies that receive abatements.


  • Demonstrates informative and professional assistance when working with clients, co-workers, and the public.
  • Acts independently and originates new procedures and new approaches to problems.
  • Can work with the general public and to remain professional at all times and ensure excellent customer service is provided at all times.
  • Displays excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Maintains initiative to preserve the flow of work under stress and with commitment to deadlines.
  • Sustains interpersonal relationships which encourage openness, candor and trust, both internally and with the general public.
  • Completes projects and/or reports in accurate and timely manner. Is a motivated self-starter.
  • Maintains economic development information in a confidential manner.
  • Skilled in analyzing and solving problems, managing negotiations and confronting delicate situations.
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships with other organizations and economic development practitioners.
  • Willingness to take on additional tasks as assigned.


  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Displays professional appearance, warm demeanor and positive attitude.
  • Works independently and is accurate, efficient and organized.
  • Stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl occasionally. Work may require some reaching over head, kneeling, climbing ladders, and frequent bending and walking on uneven surfaces. Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


  • Creates and executes action plans to implement the annual HEDC goals, objectives, and strategies as established in cooperation with the HEDC Board. Progress updates of such action plans to be provided regularly at HEDC Board meetings.
  • Proposes an annual budget to the HEDC Board.
  • Conducts effective office management, including supervision of staff positions. Works collaboratively with staff to assign key tasks, identify key contacts, establish time periods for project completion, establish time periods for project completion and budgets, establish goals and objectives and assist staff in meeting targets.


  • Promotes community awareness of economic development issues.
  • Creates and distributes professional marketing materials to represent HEDC and the communities we serve.
  • Oversees regular maintenance/updating of the HEDC website.
  • Proactively targets and contacts desired new industry prospects.
  • Promptly responds to all project inquiries.
  • Facilitates negotiation of new or existing industrial growth projects with the appropriate governmental entities.
  • Cooperates with the Indy Partnership and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation as additional resources for securing new business attraction opportunities.
  • Create, implement, and achieve annual fundraising plan.


  • Graduation from a four-year college or university, preferably with specialization in economic and community development or a related field; or any equivalent combination or experience and training.
    Considerable knowledge and experience in business development, community and economic development.
  • Working knowledge of municipal zoning and infrastructure, and planning programs and processes.
  • Demonstrated experience or knowledge of construction, land development, and property maintenance.
  • Knowledge of applicable state and local codes related to economic and community development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to groups and individuals, engineers, architects, contractors, developers, businesses, supervisors, employees, and the general public.
  • Proven ability to establish working relationships with other organizations and economic development practitioners.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze reports and data, and have skill in the operation of necessary tools and equipment, i.e. computer, word processing, spreadsheet software, and general office equipment. (Experience in Microsoft Office products, specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook required)


  • Works both in the office and in the field where frequent exposure to various weather conditions and physical hazards associated with construction sites and other inspection areas are to be expected.


The Executive Director reports to the HEDC Executive Committee and the current HEDC Board Chair.

Hancock County Executive Director Position:

Total Confidentiality assured.
Nolan “Skip” Kuker
One Courthouse Plaza
Greenfield, IN 46140
Attn: Exec. Comm.



Resumes accepted until November 1st at Noon

Due to extenuating circumstances the start date is not yet set but will be around January 1, 2018 but subject to change.

Any comments or questions can be directed to skuker@hancockedc.com put HEDC Director Position in subject line.

HEDC Celebrates Our Successes and Our Communities

September 21 was a great night as Hancock Economic Development Council hosted an event to “Celebrate Our Successes and Our Communities”

The event was held in the clubhouse at The Preserve at Sugar Creek in New Palestine.

HEDC Executive Director Skip Kuker shared that over the last five years, Hancock County has seen $617 million in new real estate and personal property investment and 3400+ new jobs.

Community representatives who shared their accomplishments included Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell, Fortville Town Manager Joe Renner, Town of Shirley Clerk-Trasurer Teresa Hester, McCordsville Town Manager Tonya Galbraith, Cumberland Town Manager April Fisher and New Palestine Town Council President Jan Jarson.

Tonya Galbraith, town manager of McCordsville, called this “The Year of Collaboration,” in which Fortville, Cumberland, Hancock County and the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation, thanks to the generosity of the Hancock County Community Foundation, completed a unified sign project in Vernon Township, with signage identifying the school corporation and the name of the municipality.

The community also collaborated with Cumberland on a comprehensive study of economic development possibilities of the CR 600 West Corridor, also through a HCCF grant. The Town of McCordsville and Hancock County are working together on needed improvements to CR 600 W.

An additional HCCF grant project, in conjunction with Hancock County Tourism, is a county-wide trails plan that includes the county and every incorporated municipality.

A new Meijer store opened in McCordsville in May and will lead to other economic development opportunities along Broadway. Traditions at Brookside opened in the spring and offers independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Clerk/Treasurer Teresa Hester shared that the Town of Shirley has been able to use several local grant opportunities to improve their community park, historic district and Main Street facades, and they’re currently working on a mural for the downtown area.

The Town of Shirley is also working to upgrade the wastewater treatment facility. The fire department is celebrating 10 years of providing emergency ambulance transportation, a shared service with the Town of Wilkinson, and the police department recently added three K-9 officers to help the town’s “mostly volunteer” police force in their duties.

The Town of Cumberland was named as one of OCRA’s Hometown Collaboration Initiative communities. Cumberland’s second trail, Buck Creek Trail, is well underway.

“When finished, almost every Cumberland Community will be connected to our six-mile trail system,” said Cumberland Town Manager April Fisher.

An annexation to Mt. Comfort Rd. and 600 W was recently completed.

“This year we held our first Summer concert series, ‘Blues, Beers, and BBQ,’ which was quite a hit with our residents” Fisher said.

New housing developments are being built and populated in New Palestine.

“Our Justus community, Woodland Terrace, has filled all the “villas” they built and the Assisted Living and Memory Care building will be open very soon,” said New Palestine Town Council president Jan Jarson. “Our new condo/villa community, The Preserves at Sugar Creek, is selling very quickly, Stone Crossing has started construction on another phase of their community and will be opening another section next year. We have another new community, Sunrise Lakes at the Meadows, that has just started putting in infrastructure.”

Our Marsh store was bought and will be operating under the name of “Needler’s”. The Ricker’s Gas Station is moving along in their construction and we are gaining a butcher shop at the intersection,” Jarson said. “The Hancock County Library acquired land and announced that they will build a new branch on U.S. 52 in New Palestine.”

New Palestine is in the process of planning and construction of new state-of-the-art wastewater treatement plant.

“It is absolutely amazing to see the activity in our little town,” Jarson shared. “We’re all so proud and excited to see the progress.”

Fortville planning administrator Adam Zaklikowski shares that the town recently adopted the “South Madison TIF District Master Plan” which sets a blueprint for future light industrial, commercial, and residential areas between approximately State Route 13 and County Road 900 North.

“The Town is currently entering the approval process for “Connect Fortville”, a Thoroughfare Master Plan which will establish roadway cross sections and right-of-way dimensions necessary to accommodate new growth while also helping the Town to retain and enhance its small-town character,” Zaklikowski says. “Fortville has seen interest from a variety of residential developers interested in pursuing “neo-traditional/smart growth” development patterns to expand upon a solid historic district. The Town adopted Residential Standards as a template for new Planned Unit Developments intended to require high-quality planned developments, using many New Urbanist principals.
Business on Main Street continues to thrive as both Town residents and visitors from surrounding communities visit an ever-expanding culinary/entertainment scene, with Taxman Brewing Company opening during the summer. ”

In addition, communities in Hancock County will share in more than $2.4 million in road funding awarded through the state’s Community Crossings grant.

Those are just a few of the successes shared and celebrated on September 21.

See more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Hancock Economic Development Council is proud to serve the communities of Hancock County, Indiana.

Let us put our resources to work for you. Call us at 317.477.7241 or e-mail executive director Nolan “Skip” Kuker today.


Indiana Renews Chinese Sister-State Partnership, Strengthening Global Ties

INDIANAPOLIS  – Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined economic and cultural stakeholders from Indiana and China’s Zhejiang Province today to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Indiana-Zhejiang sister-state relationship, celebrating economic, cultural and educational efforts shared between the two states.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 30 years of friendship with Zhejiang Province and reaffirm our cultural and economic ties,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It’s partnerships like this that help propel Indiana and Zhejiang to new levels, creating new business opportunities and enhancing international trade. As our future unfolds, I look forward to seeing the benefits that come from our global partnership.”

During the celebration, Gov. Holcomb and Zhejiang Party Secretary Che Jun, the highest-ranking official in the province and a member of the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Congress, renewed the Indiana-Zhejiang sister-state agreement that dates back to 1987. The agreement reaffirms the Indiana-Zhejiang sister-state relationship to further enhance economic relations, encourage industrial innovation and foster cultural, educational and healthcare exchanges.

After the ceremony, government, educational and business leaders participated in a business matchmaking seminar, allowing China-based firms and Indiana companies with operations in China to strengthen trade opportunities. Guests also had the opportunity to visit a tourism exhibition, which highlighted Zhejiang’s culture and tourist destinations.

Since 2010, China-based companies have announced plans to invest $217.4 million and create more than 929 new jobs in Indiana. Earlier this year, BeijingWest Industries, Co. Ltd announced plans to locate its first U.S. production facility in Indiana, creating up to 440 new, high-wage jobs by 2021.

Indiana is home to approximately 800 foreign-owned business that provide more than 170,000 quality jobs for Indiana residents. In 2016, more than $1.7 billion in exports were sent to Chinese markets from Indiana, making the country Indiana’s fourth largest-export location in the world.

About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov

NineStar Connect’s Fiber Optic Service available to 100% of businesses and residences in McCordsville

Hancock Economic Development Council congratulates Nine Star Connect and the town of McCordsville on the company’s recent announcement that it is providing high-speed fiber optic broadband service to 100 percent of businesses and homes in McCordsville, Ind.

“Nine Star has been a tremendous asset in Hancock County,” says Nolan “Skip” Kuker of Hancock Economic Development Council. “They continue to grow their network of fiber internet as our community grows and the news that they have 100% service availability allows for even more economic development opportunities. We are glad to see McCordsville grow and have Nine Star as a partner in that growth.”

With a population nearing 7,000 residents, McCordsville is the second-fastest growing community in the state for the second straight year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Incorporated in 1988 in fast-growing Hancock County, McCordsville borders the city of Lawrence in Marion County and the town of Fishers in Hamilton County.

Marcie Klaunig, assistant director at Thomas P. Miller and Associates, which recently completed a study on the impact of development on the Mount Comfort Corridor, says McCordsville is poised for tremendous growth. “Access to fast, reliable internet will make the town all that more attractive to businesses—particularly high-tech industries—while providing a crucial amenity for attracting and retaining a quality workforce.”

Located in McCordsville, Hancock Wellness Center, the only certified medical fitness center in the region, relies on NineStar Connect fiber for business operations, for cable TV and internet at the facility, and to provide an interactive experience to users of the center’s state of the art Technogym cardio equipment.

“Our facility and services are designed specifically to help people reach their personal health and wellness goals,” said Steve Long, president and CEO of Hancock Health. “Connected fitness equipment, apps and other online resources play an important role in this, so our partnership with NineStar Connect is very important to us.”

New residents moving to McCordsville are pleased to have high-speed broadband service at home, an unexpected benefit in the region’s rural atmosphere. Jeff Corns and his work-from-home wife Marcy, an accountant, were eager to become NineStar Connect fiber customers as soon as the service was offered at their six-acre home in McCordsville.

“We have a digital household, so fiber to our home provides us the connectivity and content we need,” said Jeff, who notes that wireless access enables the family to stay connected while sprawled out on the family property. “Increasingly our four daughters rely on high speed access to complete school assignments, and my wife and I still have enough broadband capacity to work from home.”

“Reliable, high speed internet is no longer a nice-to-have for businesses; it’s an absolute necessity,” said Suzanne Short, a member of the McCordsville Redevelopment Committee. “Having the service available in McCordsville gives businesses the confidence they can establish themselves in our community and have the speed and bandwidth they need now and in the future as they grow. The availability of fiber to the home provides opportunities for e-learning and the flexibility to work remotely which helps companies attract and retain top talent.”

NineStar announced this spring that it had expanded its fiber optic service to 10 counties surrounding Indianapolis: Fayette, Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Rush and Shelby.

Since 2011, NineStar Connect has installed more than 1,500 miles of fiber optic cable and invested $54 million in new infrastructure. The company plans to continue to invest in its fiber optic backbone as local communities demand a local, responsive alternative to national competitors.

More information on NineStar Connect’s residential and business fiber optic service for homes and businesses is available at www.ninestarconnect.com.

SOURCE: News release from NineStar Connect