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December 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

November 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

October 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

September 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

August 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

July 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

June 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

May 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

April 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

March 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

February 2015 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com

December 2014 Edition

Mr. Gillenwater Goes to Wabash

by | Mar 11, 2015
Keith Gillenwater, formerly president of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation, recently took over for Bill Konya leading the Economic Development Group of Wabash County when Konya moved to accept a new opportunity. Gillenwater spoke with EDI about his plans for the organization:

What led to you accepting the job at Wabash?

While I was happy in LaGrange County, I was approached by my predecessor in Wabash County Bill Konyha and he asked me to consider talking with his board about his position, since he was planning to leave for a new opportunity. After some consideration, I agreed and the rest they say is history! Wabash County has a lot going for it, is very forward thinking, and has a great team of committed leaders and organizations in place to help propel us forward. The community is growing in the right direction and I am glad to be a part of it.

2) What will be your focus in this position?  What goals or new ideas do you have in mind for the area?

A lot of our focus will still be similar to that of other EDO’s across the country – growing the community, creating a better business environment, and growing entrepreneurs and attracting new businesses to the community. We are a bit different though in that we have invested a lot of time, money and effort in quality of place initiatives. We are hard at work redeveloping and investing in our downtowns across the county, we have nationally recognized Main Street organizations and the City of Wabash was recently named a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana which will bring with it nine downtown revitalization projects that we identified, from streetscape improvements to the renovation of a historic theatre, redevelopment of four downtown buildings into senior housing and an all-inclusive playground and new park.

3) What was the most valuable lesson you learned from your last position,
and how will it help you in your new role?

I think the most valuable thing I learned in economic development is to have patience, learn to be both proactive and reactionary and to learn to roll with the punches. Some projects take a long time to come to fruition if they ever do, and you have to be able to still show your community stakeholders that you are hard at work trying to improve the community. By the same token, some opportunities arise and have a short turnaround that you have to be able to react to. These lessons are universal, but certainly directly related to your success as an economic development professional.

4) How has 2015 started for Wabash County, and what do you hope to
accomplish this year?

This year has been busy so far! We are working on putting a number of new marketing initiatives in place, and are fully immersed into the Stellar Communities project in the City of Wabash. Additionally, we have a number of projects in the hopper, and are working on improvements to both our Wabash NE Business Park and the North Manchester Industrial Park.

Keith Gillenwater

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County
260.563.5258
kgillenwter@edgwc.com
www.edgwc.com