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Kevin L. Berger was reappointed as Culver’s representative to the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) Board of Directors. Berger has represented Culver since the corporation’s inception in 2007. Berger commented, “I am pleased that the Town Council continues to have confidence in my representation. I attend nearly every Town Council, Plan Commission and Redevelopment Commission meeting, to stay aware of what is going on in Culver. Through my involvement, MCEDC has been instrumental in updating Culver’s Tax Abatement program, bringing industry to the table to pursue Culver initiatives, moving the Entry Level Housing Task Force forward and most recently helping to put Culver initiatives into the Northern Indiana Regional Cities proposal and then following through to help assure our region was selected as a Regional Cities recipient.”
MCEDC‘s President, Jerry Chavez, was on Economic Outlook last month discussion the Regional Cities Initiative and Marshall County’s role in it. As previously discussed here, Marshall County, St. Joseph County and Elkhart County form one of three regions in Indiana that were awarded $42 Million in State grant money. Check out the video link here.
The Easterday Construction family lost another member last week. Kathy Pearson succumbed to her cancer after a three year, protracted battle. She kept her spirits up until the end. She came to the visitation for my grandfather on December 7th, only a couple of weeks ago, and promised we would get together for lunch again soon. Sadly that didn’t happen.
Kathy was a fixture at Easterday Construction Co., Inc. for 38 years. KP to those of us in the office. When she retired at the end of 2014, she left a void that was impossible to fill. I gave some of her history with the company here in a previous post. That barely scratched the surface of the contributions she made.
History is a huge part of what was lost with her passing. Kathy remembered past projects nearly as well as I did in my tenure, but she also could tell me the history of projects before my time. She remembered past employees, subcontractors and suppliers, filling in gaps in things I had forgotten or never knew. She remembered phone numbers almost unerringly and served as a virtual rolodex when I would ask for a number or name that wouldn’t come to me. Long before it was “Ask Google” it was “Ask Kathy”.