McLean County's top economic development official is leaving for a similar post in Indiana. Marty Vanags is resigning as CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council to head up the Indy Partnership, a division of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Vanags says he wasn't looking to leave the twin cities, but felt compelled to check out the Indy position.
"I'm still pretty young, I think and I was looking for an opportunity if it showed itself and it certainly showed itself here. I wasn't actively looking for a new job. When someone calls me I tend to listen so I thought I would give it a try. I feel very fortunate."
Under Vanags' nine years at the helm of the EDC, the office's budget has grown ten-fold to a $750,000 annual budget. According to a release from the EDC, Vanags has overseen more than a $1 billion in capital investment and the retention or gain of more than 1,300 jobs. Mike O'Grady, who heads up the EDC's Government and Investor Relations effort, will become the interim CEO. The former ISU administrator says he's not interested in the post long-term. Vanags' last day in Bloomington-Normal will be February 22nd.
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