updated: 7/29/2010 12:37:13 PM

OCRA Names New Community Affairs Director

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The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has named Michael Thissen its community affairs director. He currently serves as OCRA's east central Indiana community liaison. He also worked as an economic development planner in Iowa.

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Press Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- David Terrell, Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), has named Michael Thissen as the agency’s Community Affairs Director. As Community Affairs Director, Michael will work with town and city leaders to help rural Hoosier communities build economic capacity.

“Michael has an extensive background in community development and a tremendous passion to help rural communities grow and succeed,” said David Terrell, OCRA’s Executive Director. “He is a valuable asset to the agency and I’m certain he will help many rural Indiana communities achieve their own visions for economic and community development in his new role as Community Affairs Director.”

Thissen, a resident of Crawfordsville, is currently employed by OCRA as the agency’s East Central Indiana Community Liaison. Prior to joining OCRA’s staff, Michael served as an economic development planner in Iowa for the Poweshiek Iowa Development Organization and has also done consulting work in community development with both public and private sector clients. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and has formal training as an archaeologist and surveyor. Michael is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

For more information about the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, please visit www.ocra.in.gov.

Lt. Governor Skillman oversees the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. OCRA was created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. For additional information on OCRA and its programs visit www.ocra.in.gov.

Source: Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

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