Gary Mayor Appoints New Commerce Director

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March 7, 2014 — Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has appointed a new person to help achieve the economic goals she set forth in her State of the City Address last month.

Freeman-Wilson announced today a new Commerce Director to oversee economic development in the city, according to a statement.

Deardra Green-Campbell is a Gary native, who received earned degrees at Purdue and Western Michigan Universities.

“It is an honor and privilege to return to my hometown to employ my professional knowledge and skills from the past thirty years to help advance the mayor’s vision for a thriving city,” said Green-Campbell. “The team is working hard to develop robust commercial activity, create employment opportunities in jobs that pay livable wages, and ensure an exceptional quality of life for Gary residents. I’m ready to do my part to help.”​

As Commerce Director, Green-Campbell will be responsible for the oversight and coordination of the community development, redevelopment, planning, building, zoning and environmental activities for the city. The coordination of these departments will help ensure that individuals and companies seeking to conduct business in Gary encounter a simplified, seamless process.

“I am so proud to have another talented, Gary grown person join us in the crusade to bring Gary back,” said Freeman-Wilson. “Deardra has the knowledge, experience and an established network that are sure to result in more economic growth for our city.”

The role of Commerce Director was previously held by J. Forest Hayes. Hayes led the effort to establish the Department of Commerce then Freeman-Wilson tapped him to lead the Gary Economic Development Corporation (GEDC).

“We are excited that the Department of Commerce and the Gary Economic Development Corporation will work together to enhance opportunities for existing businesses, attract new businesses and create jobs for local residents,” said Freeman-Wilson. “This underscores our message that the city of Gary is open for business.”

Green-Campbell previously served as an executive in the investment and banking sectors for more than twenty years. She has worked for some of the nation’s leading financial services firms including Dreyfus Service Corporation, NationsBank (now Bank of America) and Charles Schwab & Co.

Green-Campbell’s first day is Monday.


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