Economic Development Council CEO Kyle Ham to Leave in April

 EDC CEO Kyle Ham (Right) with Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe (Left) Credit: EDC

EDC CEO Kyle Ham (Right) with Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe (Left) Credit: EDC

Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council (EDC) CEO Kyle Ham will leave the organization April 30 to become Vice President for Client Services at Morton-based Core Construction.

“Working to put a spotlight on this amazing community always brought me a great deal of joy and satisfaction,” said Ham in a statement Friday. “I was very fortunate to be surrounded by a great group of professionals at the EDC and supported by committed business, government, and community leaders. My family and I look forward to many years in the community, and I will remain a passionate advocate for economic development in McLean County.”

EDC Board Chair Jared Hall said a process to find Ham’s replacement will begin immediately.

“I don’t think there’s a whole lot of excitement for a national search,” said EDC Director of Marketing and Communications Zach Dietmeier. “We do have a lot of great candidates locally that will be considered.”

Ham will continue living with his family in Bloomington-Normal and remain active in the community, Dietmeier said. “He’ll just be wearing a different hat from now on.”

Dietmeier added that Ham’s departure won’t affect the EDC’s involvement as a lead partner of BN Advantage, a regional economic development strategy in McLean County. As head of the EDC, Ham also serves on the BN Advantage Leadership Council. Dietmeier said the EDC Board, which is scheduled to meet in April will determine who will represent the EDC after Ham’s departure.

Deitmeier said the move doesn’t reflect on recent calls from municipal leaders for greater EDC transparency.

“It was a great offer for Kyle, and we’re really happy for him in the EDC family. We’ll definitely miss him, and we wish him and his family well...We have been supportive the entire time of providing more information because we as an organization know what we’re doing to help build our community. We’re more than happy to share that information.”

During Ham’s time as CEO--more than three years--the EDC helped secure the Rivian Automotive and Brandt Industries manufacturing projects in McLean County, established the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University and developed a community STEM initiative.