Innovation Center names Scott Zimmerman Executive Director

Richmond, Ind. – The Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) has chosen Scott Zimmerman as Executive Director. Zimmerman, who has been serving as CCDC interim manager, will begin his duties January 4. He succeeds Jason Whitney, who accepted a new position in Indianapolis.

Zimmerman, a Richmond resident, has served in city planning and historic preservation roles as Richmond’s City Planner and Assistant City Planner, as Director of the Eastern Regional Office of the Indiana Landmarks Foundation (ILF). More recently, he served as president of United Way of Whitewater Valley.

“The work Scott did with America’s Best Communities economic development grant application and the planning leading up to the Stellar Communities projects made him an ideal candidate,” said Ali Carter-Rivera, CCDC Board President.

Zimmerman implemented the recent Hour of Code projects through Richmond Community Schools as well as the Greenhouse Coding Academy funded by AT&T. “Our Uptown Innovation Center helped grow the thriving computer technology business environment on Main Street,” said Zimmerman. “Reid Health is a new partner in the center city who has many computer technology positions it needs to fill. The CCDC can inspire students to train in computer science and also entice more technology businesses to locate uptown.”

The state awarded the CCDC the Excellence in Economic Development award for its upstairs housing program. One of Zimmerman’s responsibilities will be to look for ways to create additional housing tied to promoting new businesses.