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History

Established by an ordinance of the Pulaski County Board of Commissioners in 1995, the Pulaski County Community Development Commission exists to promote and to improve economic development in Pulaski County, Indiana.

Early in 2011, both to avoid confusion with other agencies known as ‘CDC’ and to clarify the primary focus of the organization, the members of the Pulaski County Community Development Commission voted officially to re-brand the organization as ‘Pulaski County Economic Development’ (‘PCED’). Although we formally remain the Community Development Commission, a quasi-governmental entity (County-employed director, volunteer board comprising County- and municipally appointed and at-large members), and consider projects across the community-development spectrum, our primary foci are entrepreneurial development, business retention and expansion, and industrial development/attraction. Just the same, we recognize that economic development is not an end in and of itself, but a means to an end: to wit, community development, or a stronger, healthier, more sustainable and self-sufficient Pulaski County.

Since April 18, 2011, Nathan P. Origer, a native of North Judson, Indiana, in nearby Starke County, has served as the executive director. He came to PCED from the Kankakee-Iroqouis Regional Planning Commission, in Monon, where he served first as an intern, and then as the community development planner, after earning his BA in the Program of Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park.