Dana Monson has been named executive director and chief executive officer of the Johnson County Development Corp. She had been serving as interim executive director and coordinator of the affiliated Aspire Johnson County program. Monson joined JCDC in May 2012. She also helped start and has directed Aspire Johnson County, an initiative that promotes community engagement, growth and planning and talent attraction and retention. That program has gained state and national attention for its success.
Monson recently received the Excellence in Economic Development Partnership Achievement award from Duke Energy of Indiana. This award is given to local and regional economic development organizations and individuals who have built successful long-term relationships with Duke Energy on local growth projects.
Last fall, she was a recipient of the Bob Ady Scholarship Program from the Mid-America Economic Development Council and attended the 2018 Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum in Chicago. The MEDC Board of Directors cited her work in economic development and interest in the organization.
Monson is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Johnson County and the Ball State Economic Development Basic Course. She is currently a member of Franklin Chamber of Commerce, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Association, the Mid-America Economic Development Alliance and Prosperity Indiana.
Prior to JCDC, Monson served as utility and business manager for the town of Edinburgh. She was also the point person for the economic development program for the town. Monson previously served as superintendent of parks and recreation for the town.