COLUMBIA CITY — A 2005 Columbia City graduate has returned home, ready to make a difference in the community.
Riley Hollenbaugh recently joined the Whitley County Economic Development Corp. team and will serve as the director of workforce and community development.
Prior to joining the EDC, Hollenbaugh served as the executive director of Saline Main Street in Saline, Mich. During his time with Saline Main Street, Hollenbaugh grew and strengthened community partnerships, increased corporate sponsorship for the organization and grew the organization’s volunteer base.
Under Hollenbaugh’s leadership, Saline Main Street was selected by the National Main Street Association as one of the top 10 semi-finalists for the 2017 Great American Main Street Award.
“As the EDC works to expand its focus on talent attraction and development. I am happy that we are able to find one of our own young people who was interested in returning home to help us grow and expand our communities,” said EDC President Jon Myers.
Hollenbaugh’s other work experience includes: serving as the executive director for the Grayling Downtown Development Authority, in Grayling, Mich.; serving as a preservation specialist for the Lake City Downtown Improvement and Revitalization Team in Lake City, Colo.; and Hollenbaugh also spent time in Gatlinburg, Tenn., as a preservation intern for Smoky Mountains National Park, and served as an intern for Indiana Landmarks in Indianapolis.
Hollenbaugh attended Purdue University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He earned a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy with a concentration on historic preservation from the University of Delaware.
Hollenbaugh is a native of Tunker in Whitley County.
“I am very excited to be part of the Whitley County Economic Development Corp.,” said Hollenbaugh. “I am looking forward to working at the EDC on workforce and community development in the community where I was raised.”
Hollenbaugh is engaged to Katie Plant, also a graduate of Columbia City High School, who recently took a position at Indian Springs Middle School to teach eighth-grade literature.