When Carroll County native Jake Adams joined the Carroll County Economic Development Commission
as its executive director in January, he was definitely delving into some serious unknown territories. But the
challenges of a global pandemic and its unprecedented impact on the economy didn’t deter Adams from
this new opportunity. “I try to look at obstacles in life as opportunities. If we take every challenge in life as a way
to get better or be better, we greatly enhance our potential to impact others,” Adams said.
Most recently serving as a workforce development consultant for Ivy Tech Community College and, before
that, an owner of his own marketing company, Adams is hitting the ground running with his solid background
in economic development and an unshakable heart for the community. He hopes his workforce initiative
experience will not only benefit the local community, but help his economic development colleagues
throughout the region.
Collaboration, not isolation, is the name of the game, Adams believes. “I network regionally by
staying engaged with activities in surrounding communities,” Adams said. “It is critically important to be a
good partner with initiatives that are mutually beneficial for all of us.”
A win-win partnership
The Carroll County EDC is housed within Carroll White REMC’s Delphi headquarters — which is strategically
located near the Hoosier Heartland Highway. “Partnering and cohabitating with the county’s largest utility partner
is a win-win for CC EDC,” Adams said. “CW REMC offers a wealth of knowledge and resources that make
our job a whole lot easier. The biggest advantage we see is their expertise in engaging their large industrial base
throughout Carroll County and in their other service territory locations.”
CW REMC connects Carroll and White counties, and CC EDC sees this connection benefiting both
counties. “I certainly envision a growing relationship between the two communities … Carroll and White
counties share a lot of resources,” Adams said, including Lake Freeman and amenities like the Madam Carroll
and Tall Timbers Marina. “Most recently, Lake Freeman has united our communities in one common goal … to protect the lake levels … this
special place that many of us have enjoyed for years.
Adams is excited about improvements already taking place in his home county. “Over the past few years, Carroll County has seen a record
amount of infrastructure investments,” Adams said. “Whether it was drinking water, power distribution, or sanitary sewers, we have seen Carroll County
QC Supply (Retail/manufacturing expansion)
Blake Humpal, general manager, and Julia Leahy with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
communities step up and make necessary investments for the future.” Those investments, Adams said, should translate into more jobs and
capital investment moving forward.
Adams, an Indiana University graduate, was an active-duty Marine for nearly a decade. He and his wife, Lora have been married for 13
years. The couple has four children: Emelyn, 8; Macquire, 6; Callahan, 3; and Sullivan, 1. The family lives in Flora. Lora is a labor/delivery nurse
at both IU Health Arnett Hospital and Logansport Memorial Hospital.