(October 14, 2015-Benton Harbor, MI) Rob Cleveland of Hartford City, Indiana is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Alliance, Berrien County’s premiere economic development organization. Cleveland was selected from a pool of qualified economic development candidates based on a national search. He brings a wealth of experience in both economic and community development including economic development and community affairs for the utility company Indiana Michigan Power; executive director for Blackford County Economic Development (Hartford City, IN); and public relations for an Indianapolis-based motorsports team.
In his new role effective October 31, 2015, Cleveland will be lead the economic development initiatives of Cornerstone Alliance as they relate to its strategic plan including business attraction, job creation, existing business retention, and fundraising.
Cleveland and his family are excited to be part of the community. “I am honored that the Cornerstone Alliance Board of Directors has selected me as the newest leader of such a quality organization. Cornerstone Alliance has a long history of excellence in improving the lives of Berrien County’s residents and employers. I believe Berrien County is one of the finest places to live and work in the country. My family and I are looking forward to integrating ourselves into the community. And, I can’t wait to join the Cornerstone Alliance staff as we continue to work to bring new opportunities to Michigan’s Great Southwest.”
“Rob brings a variety of experience and expertise to this position,” said John Janick, Chairman of the Cornerstone Alliance Board of Directors. “Cornerstone Alliance has made tremendous progress in our efforts to deliver economic development outcomes to Berrien County. Rob is a leader focused on results, and we look forward to having him continue to work to attract investments, create jobs and expand our existing businesses.”
Cleveland has his B.A. in Sport Administration from Ball State University and is a certified economic development professional (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council.