The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership has hired Jill Scicchitano as director of industry growth initiatives. She is a community development professional. Scicchitano has more than 10 years of leadership experience in nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

She most recently served as executive director of Downtown South Bend Inc., where she maintained relationships with community partners, industry professionals and residents. In her new role, Scicchitano will work directly with the Regional Partnership’s Industry Growth Committee to plan and implement strategies for increased employment and support for local businesses through the community.

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