HEDC hires a director of business development


A former state government official has joined the ranks of a group that promotes economic growth in the county to oversee company development.

The Hancock Economic Development Council’s new director of business development is Andrew Carty. He joins the HEDC team after leading the Economic Development Division at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, where he was in charge of assisting with agribusiness expansion, recruitment, and retention initiatives. Along with administering a multi-million dollar portfolio of state and federal grant programs for the organization, Carty handled other economic priority areas for the organization, including livestock projects, agritourism, biofuels, hardwoods, the Indiana Grown program, and foreign trade.

The Hancock Economic Development Council’s new director of business development is Andrew Carty. He joins the HEDC team after leading the Economic Development Division at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, where he was in charge of assisting with agribusiness expansion, recruitment, and retention initiatives. Along with administering a multi-million dollar portfolio of state and federal grant programs for the organization, Carty handled other economic priority areas for the organization, including livestock projects, agritourism, biofuels, hardwoods, the Indiana Grown program, and foreign trade. A former state government official has joined the ranks of a group that promotes economic growth in the county to oversee company development.

In order to determine needs and address the most important areas for economic growth, he will also plan and carry out outreach and engagement initiatives. Carty also intends to collaborate closely with the Hancock County farming community to assist the advancement of agriculture and agbioscience as a key resource.

Carty is a member of the Indiana Economic Development Association, the Economic Club of Indiana, the Indiana AgVets Initiative, the Indiana Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, and the Indiana Small Business Development Center Advisory Board. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs with a focus on economic development and policy analysis from Indiana University, where he also graduated. Carty was named one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America by Consultant Connect in 2021.

In this new position, Carty remarked, “I look forward to acting as a connector between HEDC and all types of enterprises and community partners.” “Hancock County is currently experiencing a tremendous amount of activity and opportunity, and I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to the development of a world-class environment for citizens and employers to live, work, and play.”

According to Randy Sorrell, executive director of the HEDC, “Hancock County’s economic development agency needs to grow as well to fulfill the demands of our citizens and businesses alike.” As HEDC’s executive director, it is my responsibility to increase the organization’s capacity. To do this, I’ve had to keep an eye out for qualified candidates and then actively seek them out to join our team. We had the good fortune to recruit Cailee Brewer in 2021 to help us with project management, and now we have Andrew, who brings a plethora of experience and outstanding skills. Not only is HEDC expanding, but it is also becoming stronger.

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