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Regional Development Authority elects officers

Posted: Friday, July 17, 2015

The five-member inaugural board of the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) held their first official meeting and elected their officers on Monday, July 13. The three elected officials of the RDA board are Chairman Jeff Turner of Metal Technologies, Vice Chairman Bob Marshall of Campbell & Fetter Bank and Secretary and Treasurer Gene Donaghy of Northeastern REMC. The other board members include Brad Bishop of OrthoWorx and Andrew Briggs of Bank of Geneva.

As required by state statute, the RDA is the quasi-governmental entity that has been created to apply for state funding available through the Regional Cities Initiative. The five member RDA board was chosen from an initial slate of 22 candidates. The Northeast Indiana RDA represents Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

“I am excited and honored to serve as the first chair of an extremely qualified board of directors. The focus of our board will be to advance projects that have regional impact on quality of life,” said RDA board chairman Jeff Turner of Metal Technologies. “We are committed to collaboration, setting aside any local concerns in favor of what is best for Northeast Indiana.”

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry attended the board’s public meeting, and congratulated the new board members for their progressive leadership. “Congratulations to the board members of the new Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority. We’re working collaboratively in Northeast Indiana to move our region forward to the next level and other parts of the state are beginning to take notice. We’re making a positive statement that our cities and counties are committed to continuing to work together to make a meaningful difference. We must invest in the future to attract and retain jobs and be a leader in quality of place amenities,” said Henry.

The goal of the Regional Cities Initiative is to make Indiana a magnet for talent attraction by creating a national identity for Indiana cities. Regions have been invited to compete for up to $42 million in state matching funds by submitting proposals with a slate of gameā€changing, quality of life projects (amenities and attractions that will attract and retain young talent).