Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Names Katy Silliman as Executive Director of Support Foundati

January 17th, 2013

For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2013

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Names Katy Silliman
as Executive Director of Support Foundation

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, a regional economic development organization has named Katy Silliman the Executive Director of the Northeast Indiana Fund, the Partnerships support foundation, effective January 1, 2013.

Silliman will be responsible for providing leadership, operational oversight and strategic development of the Fund. Her responsibilities will also consist of the development, coordination, and support for the Fund's capacity building initiatives including Vision 2020, the Big Goal Collaborative and cluster development.

"Northeast Indiana is a region that is serious about building the capacity for economic growth. Katy's acceptance of this new position is a testament to this fact," stated John Sampson, the Partnership's president and CEO. "Her leadership in the Vision 2020 process over the last two years and her commitment to regional collaboration will prove extremely valuable."

Silliman joined the Partnership in 2006 to support the first fundraising campaign. She's held a number of leadership roles in operations, finance, fund development and marketing. Most recently, she served as director of Vision 2020.

Prior to joining the Partnership, she served as the chief resource officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. In 2012, she was an ATHENA Award nominee and one of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly's "40 Under 40" honorees in 2010. She is a past board member of the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Women's Bureau, the Fort Wayne Dance Collective and currently serves on the board of directors for the Tri State Watershed Alliance and the Better Business Bureau's Charitable & Education Foundation.

Katy is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served as a Community Health and AIDS Prevention Volunteer in Togo, West Africa from 1999 - 2001 and represented Northern Indiana during the 2009 Rotary Group Study Exchange to Turkey. She graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her bachelor's degree in 1999.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity through product development and effective regional collaboration. The Northeast Indiana Fund (Fund) was created in 2005 to operate as a supporting organization of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, focused specifically on product development and regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. Through its combined efforts in business development and capacity building, the Partnership supports its 10 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit


Courtney Tritch
Marketing Director
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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