Liliana Franco is embracing a new opportunity at the Economic Development Corp. Michigan City.
As the new operations director at the EDCMC, she has been tasked with creating an entrepreneur center with co-working space.
“I will be launching this new initiative and space to offer a mix of programs that are open to the public, provide a spot to host professional development, meetings and events, as well as connect with Region entities on new partnerships and spotlight available resources for workers and students,” Franco said in a press release.
Franco was promoted from an administrative position.
“I look forward to setting an example of how we all can work together toward a more vibrant and inclusive community,” Franco said. “My new role includes sharing what we do, embracing volunteer opportunities, joining local community groups, helping businesses and residents find the resources they need and building positive relationships.”
Her responsibilities also will include overseeing operating procedures, HR and financial policies, economic development projects and community partnerships.
“Lily has been at the core of our team since the beginning, bringing a vitality and passion for her adopted community as a Puerto Rican native,” said Clarence Hulse, executive director of the organization. “She is growing into a servant leader as well and that has allowed her to shine as a member of our Michigan City community.”
Franco moved to the U.S. in 2017. She recently earned an Entrepreneurship Center Management Certificate through the International Business Innovation Association.
“I truly feel that one of the vital parts of my position is to be a connection and resource as we reach out to community members who feel underserved and want to get more involved,” she said. “Our future plans and burgeoning momentum need as many people involved as possible to nurture the vibrancy that is already igniting change here in Michigan City.”
The city is embarking on a bold initiative through a playbook developed during a yearlong learning lab in conjunction with the Brookings Institution and the Local Initiatives Support Corp.
Vibrant Michigan City: Economic Prosperity for All playbook is a comprehensive guide that considers the needs of three areas: Westside, Eastside and Mid Town. It was funded by the Indiana Economic Development Corp.