CLINTON — The new director of the DeWitt County Development Council plans to focus her revitalizing efforts on supporting existing businesses in DeWitt County and attracting new opportunities for the county.
Elizabeth Foulks was hired in January to reorganize the council, which has been without a paid employee since Executive Director Ruth Stauffer and two employees were laid off in June 2016.
“I am getting settled and getting up to speed,” she said. “We are just restarting, refocusing and changing directions a little bit.”
Foulks will be working about 10 to 15 hours per week.
“It is going to depend on what is going on,” she said. “I will be doing the typical things you need to do to get us back up and running.”
Foulks will be running the office remotely and checking the DCDC phone, which is based at the DeWitt County Farm Bureau in Clinton. Volunteers and board members have been keeping the organization afloat since the layoffs.
“We are excited to have Elizabeth on board as our new director. Her role is important in helping us move forward in a positive direction,” said DCDC Executive Board President David Torbert. “We expect her to be a great resource for current and potential business owners in DeWitt County looking to utilize our organization.
"It's going to be a combination of duties such as managing leads, updating our website and social mediums and organizing future events such as our Leader Breakfast series,” he added.
Foulks, who works part time at the Gammage Law Office in Farmer City, said she has been active in the Farmer City community for more than 13 years and has developed relationships with several community and business leaders in the county.
She will spend her time working on promoting the DCDC through social media and special events.
“This will be a position that requires mobility, as eventually we want her to meet regularly with business leaders to learn about their challenges and offer DCDC resources to help in any way possible,” Torbert said, adding he hopes the job evolves into a full-time position.
"That growth will be a product of her ability to get out, meet people and keep DCDC relevant in the county," he said. "She has a lot of connections going into the position, so we're excited about her ability to connect people to our resources.”
The council still operates a website at www.dcdc-illinois.net and the phone number is 217-935-5271.