Annual Meeting Focuses On Future

31st Annual Meeting

Hancock County Economic Development Council held its 31st annual meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

More than 100 people were in attendance for the HEDC annual meeting, including board members, elected officials, developers, business leaders, utility representatives, and more.

Keynote Speaker

Annual Meeting guest speaker Chris Baggott

The event featured speaker Chris Baggott, a leader and futurist in marketing and innovation for more than 20 years.

Baggott co-founded ExactTarget and Compendium Software, which were purchased by Salesforce and

Oracle, Inc. in 2013. His focus today is on transforming food consumption and inspiring sustainable, responsible food growth through Tyner Pond Farm, The Mug, Griggsby’s Station, Tyner Pond Market, and his newest venture, ClusterTruck.

Baggott spoke about what he sees for Hancock County, sharing a SWOT analysis highlighting strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

(l to r) Jeff Somers, Mike Fruth, Steve Long, April Fisher

2017 Officers

During the meeting, HEDC elected its 2017 officers: President Steve Long, Hancock Regional Hospital; Vice President Mike Fruth, Greenfield City Utilities; Treasurer Jeff Somers, Greenfield Banking Company; and Secretary April Fisher, Town of Cumberland.

Kuker Recognized

Chris Miller of the Justus Companies surprised executive

director Skip Kuker with the announcement of the “Nolan ‘Skip’ Kuker Award for Community Enrichment,” a perpetual scholarship in his name. Mary Gibble, president of the Hancock County Community Foundation, presented a check in the amount of $15,000.

(l to r) Brett Michaud, Walt Justus, Mary Gibble, Chris Miller, Nolan “Skip” Kuker

HEDC president Steve Long, HEDC friends and others presented a check to Skip and his wife, Ellen, for expenses they may incur in his continued fight against cancer.

The event was hosted by Greenfield Banking Company and the luncheon was sponsored by IMPA.

For more information about the Hancock Economic Development Council, call 317-477-7241 or visit