Chris Stager came back home to Elkhart, Ind., and wants to make it bigger and better. That’s talking about home in the larger, community sense, not just the house in which he resides.

The Elkhart Truth reported that from 2014 to 2017, Stager was vice president of business retention and expansion for the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County. He went to western Pennsylvania to work in the telecommunications field, but returned five months ago to become the interim president of the EDC.

“Everything’s going very well. I anticipate I would continue moving forward,” he said.

There’s no active search process to fill the role with someone other than Stager. He had worked under Mark Dobson, whose last day on the job was Dec. 29. John Place, board president, said the process to remove the interim title is continuing.

“Chris has been doing a great job building the relationships with our partners and completing the mission with what we set out to do every year,” Place said. “He’s looking at some interesting things for us that will help our county for the next generation.”

After Dobson resigned Stager applied for the opening and the board asked him to return.

“It was a very good opportunity I had to explore,” Stager said.

He’s since filled his former job with Chris Hooley, who was an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Realty and is co-owner of Hydraulic Ale Works just down the street from the EDC office.

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