Staff

Tim Eckerle
Executive Director
Tim Eckerle - Executive Director
Tim Eckerle
Executive Director

Contact Tim at: teckerle@grantcounty.com

Since 1984, Tim has been the Executive Director of the Grant County Economic Growth Council, Marion, Indiana. As the Growth Council’s initial director, Tim has been responsible for developing the organization’s mission and overseeing its development. During his tenure, the Growth Council has participated in attracting 22 diverse new manufacturers such as furniture, plastic lids manufacturers, and an ethanol plant as well as participated in over 12 billon dollars worth of modernization and expansion projects. In 2008, he actively participated with the City of Marion to recruit TriEnda, LLC, a thermal plastics pallet manufacturer from Wisconsin to Marion.

These projects and many others have garnered national recognition by the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Site Selection Magazine and Mid America Economic Development Council. Marion was named as one of the Top 100 Small Cities for Economic Development from 1989 to 1999 by CoreNet and as a Top Economic Development Group in 2005 by Site Selection Magazine.

Prior to joining the Growth Council, Tim was Director of Planning and Development of Harvey, Illinois; Assistant Director of City of South Bend, Indiana; Redevelopment Commission and a Planner with the Area Plan Commission of St. Joseph County, Indiana, and the City of Elkhart.

Tim is a Past President of the Indiana Economic Development Association, Northeast Midwest Leadership Council and was named as one of the Top Ten Young Economic Developers in the USA by the Industrial Development Council, as well as several inclusions in Who’s Who in Real Estate Development. In 2008 Tim received an Honorary Secretary of Commerce award from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Governor Mitch Daniels bestow a Distinguished Hoosier Award in 2009. Tim has been a speaker at the Center for Automotive Research’s prestigious Management Briefing Seminar, as well as for the National Council for Urban Economic Advance Training Seminars, National Association of Counties, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Indiana Association of Counties, and other regional organizations.

Tim is a graduate of Indiana University.

Danielle Towne
Director of Marketing & Communications
Danielle Towne - Director of Marketing & Communications
Danielle Towne
Director of Marketing & Communications

Contact Danielle at: dtowne@grantcounty.com

Danielle Towne began as Director of Marketing and Communications in September 2015. She first joined the Growth Council as an intern in January 2015. Danielle graduated from Taylor University with a B.A. in Developmental Economics and International Business. Prior to joining the Growth Council, Danielle worked as a marketing intern for HOPE International, a nonprofit microfinance and economic development organization based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

As Director of Marketing and Communications, Danielle leads the Growth Council’s brand development through events, programming, social media, and various promotional efforts. Special focus is given to entrepreneurial development through programs such as the Young Entrepreneurs Program. She oversees the organization’s print and electronic materials, manages public relations, and handles the research and analysis of Grant County’s economic environment in order to optimize strategic Growth Council efforts.

When she is not working, Danielle enjoys running, cooking, and traveling.

Charity Bailey
Director of Business Development & Operations
Charity Bailey - Director of Business Development & Operations
Charity Bailey
Director of Business Development & Operations

Contact Charity at: cbailey@grantcounty.com

Charity Bailey joined the Grant County Economic Growth Council team in January 2014. She is a graduate of Asbury University with a B.A. in psychology. Prior to working at the Growth Council, Charity was a stay-at-home mom . Charity’s professional experience includes ten years of customer service knowledge through a variety of jobs including Twinspires, a division of Churchill Downs. She comes with three years of management experience which she gained during her years at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Enrollment Services.  Charity’s career path started at Lexington Christian Academy where she planned fundraising events, managed the donor database, and started an Advancement website.

Currently, as the Growth Council’s Director of Business Development and Operations, Charity leads the Growth Council’s talent development initiatives, manages all Growth Council general operations, and assists with program and event development.  She has completed the Ball State, Building Better Communities, Indiana Economic Development course and LEAD Inc.’s Leadership Grant County class.  Charity serves within the community on the Matthews Indiana Economic Development Committee and the Circles of Grant County Guiding Coalition.  She also serves on the board at Kiddie Kampus preschool in Upland, Indiana, and the Pregnancy Help Center in Marion.

She is the mother of three young children and, when she is not working, enjoys being with her family camping, watching movies or embracing the outdoors.

Bill Gartland
Bill Gartland
President
Scott Adams
Scott Adams
VP of Strategy
Kyle Hawkins
Kyle Hawkins
VP of Marketing
Anne Duncan
Anne Duncan
VP of Resources
Josh Matchette
Josh Matchette
Secretary/Treasurer
Tim Street
Tim Street
Past President
Brett Carey
Brett Carey
President Elect