Community Development Coordinator
Lori Shipman joined the EDC staff in September 2011 to support the community development initiative.
As Community Development Coordinator, Shipman provides a single point-of-contact for business owners, developers, and others considering projects in Whitley County communities. The community development initiative employs the same customer service based approach for which the EDC has become well regarded in promoting industrial development over the organization’s nearly 20 year history.
Shipman has been involved in community development projects throughout Whitley County, for instance the Columbia City’s EPA Communitywide Brownfield Assessment Grant which funded activities and USDA world development programs. She is the owner of Lori Shipman Consulting and is state-certified with Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) as well as a grant administrator. Shipman‘s experience in community development includes program and fund development responsibilities with organizations in Central and Northeast Indiana. She is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs and a concentration in management.
Shipman’s community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for the YMCA and coaching YMCA soccer, the board of directors for United Way of Whitley County, and serving as a board member for the Tri-Lakes Property Owners Association.