Lara Walls
Lara Walls
Carroll County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) Director Laura Walls has announced she will no longer be with the group, effective Oct. 15.

Walls stated in a press release this week, she joined the EDC in June 2010 and immediately increased Carroll County’s marketing and outreach efforts. Walls managed business attraction projects for Industrial Container Service (formerly Next Day Container), Wiechman Pig Co, Schilli Distribution, Peters Industrial Development and Green Alternatives in the past 10 years. Walls said she managed three business expansion projects for Indiana Packers Corporation (IPC), one for the Carroll/White REMC, Industrial Container Service, and The Andersons. Other highlights of her tenure include the 2012 Stellar Community announcement – a nearly $20 million grant which led to the restoration of the Delphi Opera House, owner-occupied housing improvements to stabilize near-downtown neighborhoods, affordable rental housing, streetscape, interurban trails and façade renovations.

The EDC, in partnership with the Carroll County Redevelopment Commission, completed the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Park (HHIP) in 2015. The HHIP is a shovel-ready site located just south of the new Hoosier Heartland Highway (SR25). Carroll/White REMC was welcomed as the first tenant of the HHIP in 2015. The total investment of these and other projects exceeds $238 million.

“The business expansion projects were the most important because it demonstrated companies grow and expand here because of strong support from local elected officials, the EDC, and community,” Walls wrote in the press release. “Attracting new companies is nice, but retaining them and assisting them grow is far more rewarding.”

“The Hoosier Heartland Industrial Park was a team effort. We listened to site selectors and real estate decision makers and designed the park to meet their demands. We are competitive for projects now because we have a site that’s completely ready to go,” Walls concluded.

“Speaking both for myself and the EDC Board of Directors, we are pleased with what the Carroll County EDC has accomplished during Laura’s tenure as Executive Director,” EDC President Brett Rhinehart said. “Laura took the EDC to the next level as a professional participant in the state and national economic development arena. We are sad to see her go and wish Laura all the best in the next chapter of her career.”
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