Clinton business group has new leader

    CLINTON, Iowa – The Clinton Regional Business Development Corporation (CRDC) has a new leader.

    Andy Sokolovich is the new interim president of the CRDC, effective Tuesday.

    “I am excited to serve the CRDC in this capacity,” said Mr. Sokolovich in a statement released on Wednesday. “Since arriving in Clinton in 2012, I have grown to love the community and consider the region my home. To say that I have skin in the game would be accurate. I am raising my family here, my children are educated here, and I want nothing more than to support our community’s continued economic growth, enhanced quality of life and overall well-being.”

    Erin Cole

    Mr. Sokolovich, who was the group’s vice president of economic development, replaces Erin M. Cole. After three years of service, Ms. Cole is leaving the position for a job with the U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commerce Service.

    The CRDC hired Mr. Sokolovich in 2016 as existing industry manager. In this role, he worked with regional business partners to secure state and local incentives, supporting more than $500 million in capital investment through company expansions.

    “Many Clinton region business leaders know (Mr.) Sokolovich and consider his position as an extension of their staff, assisting with business expansion efforts and workforce development,” said Paula Stewart, CRDC board chair, in a statement on Wednesday. “I want to thank Erin Cole  for her time at the CRDC and wish to assure the community and our investors that the organization is in great hands with Andy Sokolovich.”

    The CRDC is a bi-state, non-profit public-private partnership providing economic development services in communities throughout the Clinton region.

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