AgriNovus Indiana, the state’s initiative to promote and accelerate the growth of the agbiosciences sector, has added Alan Tio and Chris Lowery to its board of directors.
Tio is chief executive officer for the Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. In this role, he leads the community’s efforts to promote economic growth throughout Kosciusko County. KEDCo is the nonprofit full-service economic development organization serving the county. It is supported by the county of Kosciusko, city of Warsaw, towns of the county and private sector members, including several agbioscience businesses. Tio received his bachelor’s degree in international studies from Miami University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University.
Lowery is senior vice president of workforce alignment for Ivy Tech Community College. Prior to this role, he served as chancellor for the Columbus/Southeast Region of Ivy Tech. Over the course of his career, Lowery has worked for Hillenbrand Inc., the Association of Indiana Counties, and was an aide to former Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr and Senator Dan Quayle. He chairs the Career Coaching and Navigation Action Team for Governor Eric Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet and is chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sagamore Institute think tank. Lowery received his master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University.
AgReliant Genetics also joins AgriNovus as an Innovation Council member. AgReliant Genetics, the third largest corn seed company in the U.S., is as a leader in seed research, production and quality. Headquartered in Westfield, AgReliant Genetics has products and services for growers across a multitude of geographies, with production locations the Midwest and 13 research facilities across North America. The Innovation Council serves as a technical advisory committee and plays a critical role in AgriNovus initiative planning and program execution.