A Whitley County farmer has been appointed leader of an area agribusiness initiative. The county's economic development corporation says Kelley Sheiss will oversee the effort to support small and large scale operations. Sheiss is the co-owner of a local crop and livestock farm. March 19, 2014

News Release

COLUMBIA CITY (March 18, 2014) – The Whitley County EDC today announced today that local agribusiness industry leader Kelley Sheiss is leading the EDC Agribusiness Initiative.

“I am pleased to welcome Kelley Sheiss to the EDC team and look forward to her leadership of this important initiative,” said EDC President Alan Tio, “I continue to believe the EDC has an important role to play in planning, building, and equipping agribusiness ventures in Whitley County.”

Sheiss is co-owner of Three “D” Stock Farms, a local crop and livestock operation and is program director for Leadership Whitley County. Sheiss has also been active in the Columbia City Parks Board and Purdue Extension Services of Whitley County.

“The agricultural sector is an important foundation of the Whitley County economy and is something we can build on,” said Sheiss, “I am confident that we can develop strategies and tactics that connect the EDC to partners in business and education.”

As a rural community with low infrastructure costs, available land and interest in the agriculture business, Whitley County is well positioned to support further growth in the agricultural sector. The EDC’s agribusiness initiative seeks to grow a more diverse agriculture environment that supports small- and large-scale operations.

Sheiss recently reconvened a roundtable of Whitley County business, community, and education leaders involved in the agricultural sector to focus attention on building awareness of agribusiness in Whitley County, encouraging connections between agriculture and other sectors, providing advocacy for agribusiness, and enhancing educational opportunities.

About Whitley County EDC

The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients' growth and success. Our mission is to lead a comprehensive economic development program that retains and expands employment opportunities for local residents and attracts business investment to Whitley County. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit: www.whitleyedc.com.

Source: Whitley County Economic Development Corp.

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