Stauffer Speaks to Leadership Indiana County Program

Posted on 3/17/2015 2:42:51 PM

Byron Stauffer, executive director of the the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, presented to the participants of the Leadership Indiana County program on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Stauffer’s presentation included a review of the business park development process in Indiana County and a brief history of economic development in the region. He then laid out the county’s plan for the near future and spoke on the healthy relationship between various county entities, including the County Commissioner’s Office, the Indiana County Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, IUP, and the Tourist Bureau. Participants then explained their interest in fostering STEM jobs and STEM education in the region.

Previous presenters have included County Commissioner Rodney Ruddock, Center for Family Business Director Ellen Ruddock, Indiana Country Tourism Director Denise Liggett, Employment and Labor Relations Professor David Piper, and Chamber of Commerce President Jim Struzzi.

The Leadership Indiana County (LIC) program is a countywide, multi-month training program for 25- to 45-year-old business and community leaders. It is offered to the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and administered by the MARTI Institute at IUP. Director of the program is Erick Lauber (Journalism), under the supervision of MARTI’s Alex Heckert, chair of Sociology (which houses the PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies program). Victor Garcia (Anthropology), director of the MARTI Institute, has also presented to the LIC participants. 

The graduation date for this first class will be March 26, 2015, during the Chamber After Hours event at the First Commonwealth Building in downtown Indiana.