ROCKVILLE, Ind. -- Appointment of Kristin Clary of Rockville as executive director of the Parke County Redevelopment and Economic Development Commissions was approved by the two groups which constitute the county's economic development authority.
The former field examiner/auditor for the Indiana State Board of Accounts for seven years, Clary has begun her duties. The office is at 121 W. High St. in the Parke County REMC building.
In her Board of Accounts assignment, Clary reviewed electronic data processing accounting systems and internal controls for governmental units, including several in Parke County. She also audited federal grants and loans received by local government units for compliance with federal laws and regulations.
Recently, she has been employed as a substitute teacher in the Rockville Community Schools. She has a degree in accounting from Taylor University.
Her husband, Timothy, also is a field examiner/auditor for the State Board of Accounts. The couple have two young children. They are active in fraternal and church organizations.
Clary replaces Mary Helen Weisheit of Rockville, who resigned at the end of January to accept a management position with Child-Adult Resource Services here.
George Nicholas, president of the two commissions, said that commissioners believe the new executive director will be able rather quickly to assume a level of proficiency comparable to that demonstrated by Weisheit in her nearly two years in the position.
"We believe her familiarity with state and local government units and how they are inter-related will be of great benefit to the county in affording funding and other support opportunities for our ongoing economic development program for Parke County," Nicholas said in a press release.
The Redevelopment Commission has existed since 1994, when the County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance creating it to replace the former private program developed and operated in the county under auspices of the Parke County Chamber of Commerce.
This commission has broad powers under state statute and has "tax-increment financing" authority which would permit it to raise taxes locally to salvage what the law describes as blighted areas in the county. It has never used this power, but has recommended tax abatement for developing and growing business here.
The Economic Development Commission was created by County Council ordinance last year to allow for the issuance of economic development bonds to finance needed projects.
Nicholas said having both authorities provides the county with more working tools to use in achieving its goals in economic and community development. County-appropriated funding covers the director's salary and benefits and some operating expenses. Additional donated private funding is required to cover all operating expenses.
"While we would like to be competitive with other areas in attracting new businesses here, we are focussing now on retaining and growing our present business and industrial community, trying to help them with problems and providing resources when it is possible to do so," he said.
Nicholas said the county plans to continue its work to devise an economic and community development strategy that, in the future, could aid in bringing more public and private investment into the county's infrastructure and, likely, improve family incomes and the quality of life here.