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February 19, 2014

RAY MOSCOWITZ: Jim Tidd upbeat on future economic development

County's greatest challenge: elevating education, skills of its workforce.

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“When the DOD announced that Grissom would realign in 1994, I wanted to stay and try to redevelop the former base,” Tidd said.

He had been a security police officer for almost his entire career, performing a variety of duties — gate guard, patrolman, desk sergeant, special investigations, European drug task force, corrections officer, law enforcement superintendent.

During that time, he “had the pleasure of serving on two presidential support details — one for President Jimmy Carter, the other for first lady Barbara Bush,” he notes proudly.

As the law enforcement superintendent, Tidd acquired a vast knowledge of Grissom property. That prompted the P-MCEDC to hire him as the property manager.

After the base closed, Tidd negotiated with the Air Force on the property that would remain with the community for redevelopment.

When the GRA was established, he was hired as the deputy director with redevelopment responsibility for the former base only.

When the PMCEDC and GRA merged in 2005, he was offered and accepted the position MCEDA executive director.

As such, he stays closely connected to the community at large. He is a Peru Kiwanian, a Peru Rotarian, a member of the Grissom Community Council and a member Ivy Tech Advisory Board (Peru site). His family attends St. Charles Catholic Church.

Tidd said he hopes to remain in economic development until he retires.

“It is a pleasure working for and with the Miami County Economic Development Authority Board,” he says. “I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Miami County.”

Ray Moscowitz of Bloomington is a retired newspaper executive and former publisher of the Peru Tribune. Contact him at r.mosco@comcast.net.

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