Lori Shipman, with Lori Shipman Consulting LLC began working as a consultant with the EDC in September 2011 to support the community development initiative.
As a consultant for the Whitley EDC, Shipman provides a single point-of-contact for business owners, developers, and others considering projects in Whitley County communities. The community development initiative employs the same customer service based approach for which the EDC has become well regarded in promoting industrial development over the organization’s nearly 26 year history.
Shipman has been involved in community development projects throughout Whitley County, for instance the Columbia City’s EPA Community-Wide Brownfield Assessment Grant which funded activities and USDA world development programs. Her business, Lori Shipman Consulting is state certified with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Shipman‘s experience in community development includes program and fund development responsibilities with organizations in Central and Northeast Indiana. She is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs and a concentration in management.
Shipman’s community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for the YMCA and coaching YMCA soccer, the board of directors for United Way of Whitley County, and serving as a board member for the Tri-Lakes Property Owners Association and more.