The president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corp. is moving on to another job. The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership has named Alan Tio senior vice president. March 30, 2015

News Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (Regional Partnership) today announced that local economic development professional Alan Tio is joining the leadership team to serve as Senior Vice President. Tio will join the Partnership effective May 4th and lead the organization's business development, marketing, and regional initiatives.

"Alan is a great addition to the leadership team of the Regional Partnership," said John Sampson, President and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. "Alan brings a wealth of experience in economic development to contribute immediately to our region and the efforts of the Partnership."

Since 2008, Tio has led the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The EDC's achievements during that time include working with the Regional Partnership to support Iotron Industries' first US facility locating in the community and developing "Certified Site Ready" Rail Connect Business Park.

"I am very excited to join the Regional Partnership team at a point in time in which so many compelling initiatives are underway that bring together stakeholders from throughout Northeast Indiana," said Tio, "My focus will be to continue the alignment of the organization's business development, marketing, and regional initiatives to the specific needs of employers of the region."

During Alan's tenure at the EDC, the organization has expanded its program of work to include agribusiness, community development, medical devices, and small business and entrepreneurship. In addition, the EDC also convenes local stakeholders in numerous regional- and state-level initiatives and holds memberships in the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana.

"As we launch a new focus on our business development strategy, there is no better time to have Alan join the Partnership," said Joe Pierce, President, CEO of Farmers State Bank and chairman of the board of directors of the Regional Partnership. "We continue to implement improvements in our business development efforts for the region, and Alan will be a boost to those efforts."

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit www.NEIndiana.com.

Source: Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership