In January, the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation named Jake Adams as its new executive director.
Since then, he’s hit the ground running.
“They really set me up here with a brand new strategic plan,” Adams said of the board members.
The board has been reinvigorating economic development, he added.
“It is certainly a dream come true,” stated Adams. “I have been able to participate in some amazing work for the college and the state during my tenure, and I am confident that we will accomplish many more goals right here in Carroll County.”
Adams, who grew up in Delphi, most recently served North Central Indiana as a workforce and community development consultant at Ivy Tech Community College.
He now lives in Flora with his wife of 13 years and three children and was a Flora town councilman 2018 to 2020.
His education includes a B.A. in education from Indiana University and going through the Ball State Economic Development course.
Prior to that, he served with the Marine Corps from 2005-2014.
He has also sat on the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Chamber Council and is currently on the community advisory panel for NIPSCO.
According to Bret Rinehart, the Carroll County Economic Development Corporations Board President, “Adams brings an extensive knowledge of workforce and economic development with him and has a successful track record of leadership throughout the region. We look forward to having him work with the Board of Directors in 2021 and to the new energy he will bring to the organization.”
Brian Anderson, Economic Development & Public Relations Director for Wabash Valley Power Alliance said of Adams hiring, “WVPA is excited to work with Jake Adams as the new Executive Director of the Carroll County EDC. Mr. Adams is well known in the Carroll County community, and throughout this region of Indiana. We’ve previously crossed paths with Mr. Adams in economic and workforce development and believe he will prove invaluable in his new position at the Carroll County EDC. We look forward to working with Mr. Adams in 2021 and beyond.”