Greg Hildebrand, interim director of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has been making the rounds at various governmental agencies updating them on their recent changes. 

During the County Council meeting on Monday Hildebrand said former CEO, Laura Walls had tendered her letter of resignation and is no longer with the MCEDC. 

Hildebrand said there won’t be a lot of change, they will still work toward attracting business and helping businesses that are already here expand and assist with their workforce. 

Hildebrand said he plans to bring back the BEAR Program which is a Business Expansion and Retention.  The program ceased with the pandemic and now that things are back to normal, he would like to start meeting with individual business executives and invited governmental leaders to join the conversation. 

Councilman Health Thornton said he’s participated in some of the BARE conversations and said they were “inciteful.”  He encouraged the new council members to participate in the program.

Hildebrand has plans to restructure the program and meet more frequently with businesses.

Councilman Jon VanVactor asked Hildebrand if he was in the running for the President/CEO of Marshall County Economic Development Corporation and he confirmed that he has applied for the position.  VanVactor was supportive of the idea as were all three County Commissioners who heard the same update on Nov. 7th.