LA PORTE, INDIANA
Bert Cook is the Executive Director of the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership. Having worked in the economic development field for 14 years Mr. Cook is well versed in all aspects of local economic development. His past experience has been with the Portage Economic Development Corporation as their Executive Director and with the La Porte County Economic Development Alliance as Retention and Expansion Coordinator.
Mr. Cook has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Purdue University North Central and has continued his education with development certificates from Ball State University and Purdue University North Central.
Currently, Mr. Cook sits on a number of Boards and Commissions including: The La Porte Urban Enterprise Association, Northwest Health, The La Porte County Revolving Loan Fund, and The Northwest Indiana Forum’s Economic Development Committee. Mr. Cook is also a member of the Rotary Club of La Porte.
President of Business Services
Mike has spent 26 years in the financial services industry most recently in banking as a commercial lender. Throughout his tenure he has devoted significant hours to his community by serving in a volunteer capacity for local non-profits, community boards and municipal associations.
Some of Mike’s roles include, President of LaPorte Urban Enterprise Association, Regional Development Company Board of Directors, Slicer Champions mentor advisory committee member, La Porte County Family YMCA Treasurer and Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of La Porte member, Founder of DeCamp’s Band of Brothers Foundation and several other roles and committees within the community over this time span. Mike is looking forward to taking advantage of the positive momentum in La Porte and adding value to area businesses looking to partner in this growing community.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Lindsay Jongkind has experience working for a nonprofit and worked for the Greater Chamber of Commerce as Membership Director before expanding her role after the alliance with the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation was formed. She completed her Event Management Certificate through the Art Institute in 2016. Lindsay is the Secretary for the Business Improvement District Board of the City of La Porte, Manager of the La Porte Farmers Market and a member of the Kiwanis Club of La Porte and founding member of the La Porte Young Professionals. She was also a member of the 36th Leadership La Porte County class.
Lindsay oversees communicating and coordinating important topics and events from LEAP to its members and the public. She also contributes to the team effort of the staff by accomplishing related projects, programs or events, as needed. To contact Lindsay, please feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.