May 25--The hiring of the town's first full-time economic development director signals a new era and approach to boosting Brownsburg's image and increasing the tax base and job opportunities.
"For years, we had been fairly passive about our economic development efforts," said Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz. "Now, with this new position, were will be much more targeted, pro-active and aggressive."
Taking the lead role in that new effort will be Gregory Anderson.
Anderson, 52, comes to Brownsburg from Machesney Park, Ill., a Rockford suburb where he was responsible for economic development, planning and zoning and code enforcement. While there, Anderson assisted in developing a retail marketing campaign, prepared redevelopment agreements and incentive packages, and helped set the village on course to expand its new job base by more than 300 percent over the next five years.
But he is no stranger to Central Indiana. Anderson worked as community development director for the city of Westfield in Hamilton County from 2007-2009.
"Brownsburg is an amazing community with so much to offer," said Anderson, who started his new job May 19. "My focus will be on attracting retail and bringing in more industrial and manufacturing to help with the tax base and jobs. Sometimes it's all about location, location, location, and Brownsburg has it all."
Kleinhenz said the town will continue to be an active member of the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership, but the addition of Anderson will allow for an even stronger outreach.
Anderson's hiring coincides with several factors that should help make Brownsburg even more attractive to prospective businesses and employers, including development of a new interchange at Interstate 74 and Ronald Reagan Parkway and projects to beautify and revitalize the old downtown area.
The town also is initiating studies to examine retail needs and opportunities, and to analyze possibilities for expanding its reach into the Central Indiana hospitality industry.
Anderson said Brownsburg is ripe with opportunity.
"I am looking forward to putting my contacts and experience from 30-plus years in this field to helping grow the community through economic development, bringing new jobs and new businesses."
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