The board of directors for Bedford-based Radius Indiana has elected its officers and approved the organization’s budget for 2017. Former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman (pictured), who previously served as Radius Indiana chief executive officer, will be board chair. The board has also selected: Don Schulte, Schulte Consulting, vice chair; Tim Kinder, Martin County Alliance, secretary and Tom Krodel, Old National Bank, treasurer. The following new board members were elected to three-year terms: Billy Chastain, Paoli Town Council; Misty Weisensteiner, Visit French Lick West Baden; Bryan Brackemyre, Indiana Municipal Power Agency; Gene McCracken, Lawrence County Commissioner; Justin Green, Salem City Council and Shanni Simmons, Vincennes University.

The organization says its 2017 budget includes "several new priorities and projects to benefit the Radius region." One of those projects is a southern Indiana economic development class, in which local elected officials and community leaders will receive information and updates on various economic development practices, such as site development, business retention and incentive programs.

The 2017 budget also allows for initiatives such as multiple site selector trips, regional marketing efforts and "a continued commitment to skilled workforce development, community development and defense industry strategy." Radius Indiana provides economic development services for eight southern Indiana counties, including Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington.

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