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Hollenbaugh joins EDC Team to help lead workforce and community development efforts

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (October 11, 2017) – The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced that Riley Hollenbaugh recently joined the EDC Team, and will serve as the director of workforce and community development.

Prior to joining the EDC, Hollenbaugh served as the executive director of Saline Main Street in Saline, Michigan. During his time with Saline Main Street, Hollenbaugh grew and strengthened community partnerships, increased corporate sponsorships for the organization, and grew the organization’s volunteer base. Under Hollenbaugh’s leadership, Saline Main Street was selected by the National Main Street Association as one of the top 10 semi-finalists for the 2017 Great American Main Street Award.

“As the EDC works to expand its focus on talent attraction and development. I am happy that we are able to find one of our own young people who was interested in returning home to help us grow and expand our communities,” said EDC President Jon Myers.

Hollenbaugh’s other work experience includes: serving as the executive director for the Grayling Downtown Development Authority, in Grayling, Michigan; serving as a preservation specialist for the Lake City Downtown Improvement and Revitalization Team in Lake City, Colorado; and Hollenbaugh also spent time in Gatlinburg, Tennessee as a preservation intern for Smoky Mountains National Park, and served as an intern for Indiana Landmarks in Indianapolis.

Hollenbaugh attended Purdue University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He earned a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy with a concentration on historic preservation from the University of Delaware.

Hollenbaugh is a native of Tunker in Whitley County and a 2005 graduate of Columbia City High School.

“I am very excited to be part of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation,” said Hollenbaugh. “I am looking forward to working at the EDC on workforce and community development in the community where I was raised.”

Hollenbaugh is engaged to Ms. Katie Plant, also a graduate of Columbia City High School, who recently took a position at Indian Springs Middle School to teach eighth grade literature.



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: whitleyedc.com.


Media Contact:

Katie Dewitt (Whitley Co. EDC) – 260.244.5506