Terry Jobe, president of the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation (ECDC) Board of Directors, has announced that Jim Finan, ECDC executive director, will be leaving the organization.
Finan has 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 is Tuesday, 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.
“I truly appreciate the opportunity provided to me here in my hometown of Rushville and Rush County and leave with a heavy heart, but also with the excitement that this opportunity awaiting me in South Bend has provided for me and my family. Thank you to all who have made my time here successful,” Finan said.