Community leaders recognized honored George Robertson, retiring Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. president, at an event Nov. 27 co-hosted by KEDCo and the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce.

“We are grateful for George’s service to our community as the president of KEDCo and leader of our economic development efforts,” Jim Tinkey, KEDCo chairman, said in a statement. “Today we acknowledge the outstanding contributions George has made over his career to the economic development profession.”

Robertson joined KEDCo in 2010 as the organization’s first full-time executive director. Since then, the county has seen the development of Warsaw Tech Park as well as increases in jobs, investment projects and workforce development initiatives.

“It’s an honor to recognize an economic development leader for whom workforce development has long been a priority,” said Ivy Tech Warsaw Vice Chancellor and KEDCo board member Allyn Decker.

In recent years, Ivy Tech Warsaw has seen significant development including realignment with the Fort Wayne region, construction of a 40,000-plus square foot state-of-the-art Warsaw campus, and launch of the nearby Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.

Ellspermann was the keynote speaker of the event.

Alan Tio was named as Robertson’s successor in August.

Prior to joining the ranks at KEDCo, Tio helped with economic development in Indiana across the state and northeast region, collaborating on several projects to further promote economic stimulation in the area. Tio also held a leadership position at the Whitley County Economic Development Corp. focusing on business attraction and retention for the county, but having a hand in several other initiatives as well.

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