A veteran economic-development consultant who has worked with clients in more than 20 states is the new director of the Community Research Institute at IPFW, the university announced Monday.
Ellen Cutter will replace John Stafford, who had led the CRI since 2003.
“Her background in economic development and analysis will be a real asset to IPFW and to northeast Indiana. Ellen's qualifications make her a great fit for CRI," Stafford said in the release announcing her selection to lead the CRI.
Cutter previously served as a principal and the director of research for Market Street Services, a community, economic, and workforce development consulting firm based in Atlanta. Her eight-year tenure included strategic planning and technical assistance services in over 20 states and dozens of communities. Prior to Market Street, Ellen was an AmeriCorps volunteer in rural Oregon, serving as the special projects manager for the Port of Cascade Locks.
Cutter is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and she earned a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a focus on economic development and land use. She is an AICP certified urban planner and a member of the American Planning Association.
“I'm thrilled to be joining IPFW as the new director of CRI,” Cutter in the announcement. “Since relocating to the region two years ago, I have watched the organization's efforts and I am honored to have John as my predecessor. I very much look forward to building relationships with the region's business, education, and civic communities and to continue the good work of CRI as a trusted partner for research and strategic planning services.”
Cutter’s first official day is July 22. Stafford will continue with the Community Research Institute part time through the end of the year in addition to teaching classes in Urban Policy and Public Finance through this fall’s semester