Cornerstone Alliance chooses next Chief Executive Officer

Cornerstone Alliance, the economic development organization for the southwest corner of the state, has a new chief executive officer.

Robert Cleveland, formerly of Hartford City, Ind., has been selected after a national search.

"Rob is a leader focused on results, and we look forward to having him continue to work to attract investments, create jobs and expand our existing businesses," says John Janick, Chairman of the Cornerstone Alliance Board of Directors.

Cleveland previously worked as executive director for Blackford County Economic Development in Hartford City, in public relations for an Indianapolis-based motorsports team, and in economic development and community affairs for the utility company Indiana Michigan Power.

He earned his B.A. in Sport Administration from Ball State University and is a certified economic development professional (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council.

Cleveland steps into his new role Oct. 31. He will lead economic development efforts in attracting businesses, job creation, retaining existing businesses and fundraising.

"Cornerstone Alliance has a long history of excellence in improving the lives of Berrien County’s residents and employers," Cleveland says. "I believe Berrien County is one of the finest places to live and work in the country.  My family and I are looking forward to integrating ourselves into the community.  And, I can’t wait to join the Cornerstone Alliance staff as we continue to work to bring new opportunities to Michigan’s Great Southwest."

Source: Cornerstone Alliance
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