INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Clarence Hulse of the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City to Sit on Board for a Two-Year Term

The Nominating Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has elected Mr. Clarence Hulse, Executive Director Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, Indiana to its Board of Directors for a two-year term. The election took place during IEDC’s 2017 Annual Conference, which was held September 17 – 20, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Clarence Hulse began his two-year term January 2018.

"We are honored to nominate Clarence Hulse as a member of the IEDC Board of Directors, and look forward to his leadership and service," – Jeffrey Finkle, CEcD, President and CEO of IEDC.

Recognized as a visionary leader in the community and economic development profession, Clarence Hulse is known for his passion and talent in implementing and executing a community’s vision. His diverse background includes achievements in performance management, affordable housing, strategic planning, redevelopment, marketing, business recruitment, project financing and building community partnerships. In his current role as the Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City IN, his main objective is implementing the Economic Development Action Initiative developed by community stakeholders engaged by Crowe Horvath LLP. Through his leadership, the communities have experienced creative workforce initiatives and place making projects.

“It is both an honor and privilege for me to serve my colleagues in this capacity.  I am very excited and look forward to both advancing the caliber of the profession and the economic status of communities across the country,” said Clarence Hulse.

As the former Director of Economic Development in Jeffersonville IN, he was instrumental in creating 3,500 new jobs and $300 million in capital investment. In creating the Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Institute, he improved the city’s neighborhoods and won recognition by the Indiana Planning Association winning the 2011 Outstanding Community Initiative Award. He also served as the Executive Director of the Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Association implementing strategies to assist small businesses on Mainstreet, promote tourism and augment historic preservation in the downtown.

His private sector experience includes employment at Intrawest Placemaking, a premier resort developer where he managed $150 million real estate portfolio, master planning and development of condo/hotels, town centers and golf courses; and also as an economic development consultant advising municipalities on implementing comprehensive community and economic development plans.

In 1999, he was honored by his peers (IEDC) in winning the national award “Outstanding New Developer of the Year.” His current and past memberships include Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, Rotary Clubs, Leadership Florida, Leadership Southern Indiana, Workforce Development Boards, Chamber of Commerce, Planning and Zoning Boards and One Southern Indiana Economic Development Committee.

Clarence earned his BS at Harding University, AR in Public Administration, magna cum laude and an MS in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. In his spare time, the native of Belize keeps up with current events-global and national, travel, art and music festivals, Roman and Greek history, biographies, golf and fishing.