Economic Development for Community Leadership Program

Radius Indiana’s Economic Development for Community Leadership Program is back! Registration is now open for the two-and-a-half-day course, which will take place May 17-19 at the French Lick Resort.

To register, visit this link.



Speakers from state agencies, site selection companies, secondary education institutions, and financial firms will share best practices and offer perspectives on local and regional economic strategies. Topics are focused on the day-to-day functions of economic development and are designed to help leaders keep the needs of economic development at the forefront of their efforts as they return to their daily responsibilities. 

Confirmed speakers and subjects for the course will include:

  • Jim Plump – Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation, Introduction to Economic Development;
  • Jeffrey Banning – Banning Engineering, Site Development;
  • Rachel Greene – Magnitude Agency, Economic Development Marketing;
  • Olga Pogoda – KRNLS, Coworking Spaces and Maker Spaces;
  • Courtney Zaugg – Plaka and Associates, Entrepreneur-led Economic Development;
  • Doug Rasmussen – Steadfast City, Site Selector Deals;
  • Matt Eckerle – Baker-Tilly, Business Finance and Incentives;
  • Lisa Abbott – Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Housing; 
  • Wendy Dant Chesser – One Southern Indiana, Strategic Planning;
  • Michael Wilcox – Purdue Center for Regional Development, Quality of Place;
  • Evan Hock – TMAP, Population Attraction;
  • Julie Rigrish – Purdue Center for Regional Development, Economic Gardening;
  • Jason Hester – Greater Columbus Indiana Economic Development, Business Retention and Expansion; and
  • Christian Blome, Vincennes University Jasper Campus, and Michi McClain, Regional Opportunity Initiatives – Workforce Development.

Post-Registration Information

Once your registration has been received, you should receive two things via email:

  1. An invoice for the event ($425 for residents of Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange and Washington Counties; $475 for residents outside of those counties). The cost includes all course materials, 2 days of breakfast, 2 days of lunch, and one dinner.
  2. A Google Form to choose which concurrent sessions you wish to attend. The format of this year’s event will offer attendees the opportunity to choose between session topics for parts of the conference to create a more personalized experience.

If you do not receive this information, please contact

Scholarship Opportunities

Radius has several scholarships available from its own office as well as area utilities for community members who would like to participate in the program. Local Economic Development Organizations and those interested in attending are encouraged to contact the Radius Indiana office to learn more about scholarship opportunities in their area.


A block of rooms is available for attendees of the Economic Development Program.

Use this link to book a hotel room online.

To reserve over the phone, please call the French Lick Resort at (812) 936-9300  and use the code 0522CLE.