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Ms. Fisher retired from her position as Special Projects Director, Building Better Communities, in June 2010. Prior to that position, she served as the first Director of Ball State University's Office of Building Better Communities (BBC). BBC is a legislatively supported, university-wide initiative that links the human and technical resources of the university with the development needs of Indiana communities. BBC conducts the Indiana Economic Development Course (EDC), one of 29 such programs offered nationally and accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and also delivers customized, local and regional programs and consulting services. BBC also compiled and maintains the Toolbox Guide to Development Funds, a comprehensive listing of Indiana community & economic development funding programs.
Elaine has designed and administered strategic planning processes in over 30 Indiana communities. She served as project manager for the Lt. Governor’s Jobs Council Project, an assessment of Indiana’s economic development policies and programs and in early 2005, completed four regional economic development plans as a member of an Indiana Regional and State Economic Development planning team. She also conducted the first ever, accredited Economic Development Course (EDC) in New Zealand and in 2001 conducted the Executive Economic Development Institute (EEDI) in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Economic Development New Zealand, Industry New Zealand, Trade New Zealand and the City of Napier.
Prior to joining BBC, Ms. Fisher was Associate Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Resources where she designed and delivered customized training and consulting services to Indiana businesses.
Elaine graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University, with a degree in Management/Human Resource Development and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute (EDI), University of Oklahoma. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the American Economic Development Council (AEDC), the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC), and the Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA).
In 2009 Ms. Fisher received the Distinguished Hoosier Award. She received the inaugural Excellence in Leadership Award from the Indiana Economic Development Association in 1999 and has twice received the University of Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Award for Excellence in Economic and Community Development Education.
Ms. Fisher is a frequent speaker at community and economic development workshops and conferences and as a private consultant provides customized community economic development services to Indiana communities and development related organizations.