Radius Kicks Off Women in Economic Development Program

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Chelsey Manns will lead in the initiative. Chelsey Manns will lead in the initiative.
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Bedford-based Radius Indiana has launched what it calls a first-of-its-kind program in southwest central Indiana. The Women in Economic Development Leadership Initiative aims to promote professional development for women in the region.

The program will run through the end of the year and will focus on topics such as business attraction, retention and expansion, entrepreneurship, quality of life initiatives, networking, and international business etiquette. It will be led by Chelsey Manns, president of Mooresville-based Manns Consulting LLC and former executive director of the Morgan County Economic Development Corp. 

"We saw that there were a number of new people who have come on the economic development scene in a relatively short period of time all in a compact area, and we felt this course could help them all and their communities," said Jeff Quyle, chief executive officer of Radius Indiana. "We opened up the program to our region and surrounding counties and have nearly a dozen participants from eight counties representing local economic development, the utility sector, community development, chambers of commerce, marketing and telecommunications."

Radius says the goal of the initiative is to give participants a "better sense of the industry" as well as a chance for networking opportunities. Rachel Steckler, director of communication and community development for the city of Huntingburg, is participating in the program and says it will provide her and her fellow participants the ability to share best practices to sustain their communities and promote and enhance them.

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