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 April 25-27 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. 

Tuesday, April 25

  • Lisa Abbott – Housing
  • Jim Plump – Economic Development Theory and Practice
  • Chelsey Manns – Real Estate/Site Development
  • Matt Eckerle – Incentives
  • Tim Conrad – Site Selectors

Wednesday, April 26

  • Christy Johnson – Population Attraction Panel
  • Mike Wilcox – Quality of Place
  • Blaine Parker – Downtown Revitalization Panel
  • Jason Hester – Business Retention and Expansion
  • Amanda Craft – LEDO Marketing Panel
  • Blaine Parker – Entrepreneurship Support Panel
  • Michael Eggleston – Rural Prosperity

Thursday, April 27

  • Carol Rogers – Community Data and Research
  • Misty Weisensteiner – Local Tourism Economy Panel
  • Wendy Dant Chesser – Strategic Planning
  • Wendy Dant Chesser – Community Engagement


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

Use this link to book your hotel room online.

To reserve over the phone, please call the French Lick Resort at (812) 936-9300  and use the code 0423RAD.

There is a hard deadline of Sunday, March 26 to make your reservation. After this date, room rate and availability can not be guaranteed. 

Post-Registration Information

Once your registration has been received, you should receive 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.

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.

Event Sponsors

Huge thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!