Rushville Republican


January 2, 2013

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RUSHVILLE — Chamber hired new leader

On April 24 we reported that Ryan Berkemeier, Rush County Chamber of Commerce president, announced that Sandy Fussner had been hired as the Chamber’s new Development Manager.

“It gives me a great deal of pleasure to announce that our board of directors has approved hiring Sandy Fussner to be our full-time Development Manager. We interviewed several very qualified people, but our Search Committee was convinced that Sandy was our top candidate. Not only that, but she’s already very well known in the community for her involvement in a variety of activities, and that really gives her a great advantage starting out,” Berkemeier said at the time.

Changes at ECDC

In late November, Terry Jobe, president of the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation (ECDC) Board of Directors, announced that Jim Finan, ECDC executive director, was leaving the organization.

Jobe said Finan had accepted a new opportunity as the manager of Economic and Business Development with Indiana & Michigan Power (a division of AEP) South Bend.

Finan’s last official day with the ECDC was Dec. 11.

“It is with sadness that we accept Jim’s resignation, but we congratulate him on this venture and wish him the very best. Jim has done an excellent job in moving this organization forward; he has built relationships that are advantageous to the growth of Rush County. The board has formed a search committee to begin the process of filling this position and will meet early next week. We do not want the momentum that has been created to slow down one bit. We have a very aggressive timeline to find the right person; we need to find someone locally that has the experience needed and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the area,” Jobe said.

“In the short-term, we are fortunate to have Carolyn Bunzendahl, ECDC Client Services Manager, on staff to keep moving our strategic plan forward. She has the background and experience to do that. Carolyn has been named Interim director, therefore we feel very comfortable that ECDC will not miss a beat during this search. If at all possible, we plan to have the new director on board by Feb. 1,” he continued.

The official job posting is available at, which includes a link to the full position description.

Personal contact with board members is discouraged as an interview process will be used to identify the successful candidate.

Resumes and questions should be directed to Terry Jobe at by including Rush County ECDC Executive Director in the subject line.

Resumes will be accepted through Jan. 7, 2013.

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