Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Indiana’s Elkhart County, submitted her resignation on Tuesday (May 12). She’ll remain with the organization through the end of June.
The Elkhart Truth reported that Heiden-Guss and her husband will be moving out of Indiana, but she declined to offer more details.
A graduate of Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame, Heiden-Guss came to Elkhart County in 2007 from Whitley County, where she was president of the Whitley County Economic Developemnt Corp.
Her greatest accomplishment was helping local governments in Elkhart County work toward the common goal of improving the region’s economy, said John Letherman, president of the Elkhart County Council and board member of the development corporation.
For example, she helped develop guidelines for incentives that cities and towns use to attract companies to the area, Letherman said.
“I think she’s the best high-profile representative Elkhart County’s ever had in that kind of position,” Letherman said. “We’re really proud to have had her working for us and we’re sad to lose her.”
Reflecting on her eight years with Elkhart County’s development corporation, Heiden-Guss said she hopes she’s “done the right thing.”
“I’ve always tried to apply common sense and I want to do the right thing for the betterment of the organization in building economic vibrance for Elkhart County and the region,” she said.
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