Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.

scill selects anthony manning as new director

Starke County, Indiana – Dr. Steve Disney, President of Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (“SCILL”), today announced that The Board of Directors of SCILL has selected Anthony Manning, Knox, Indiana, to serve as its next Director.

            Anthony Manning, who resides in Knox, Indiana, is a native of Australia. Manning comes to the SCILL from the Starke County Chamber of Commerce where he served as its Director and assisted the Starke County Tourism Commission.

            Manning will begin his duties as Director of SCILL on November 2, 2009. He will assist the Starke County Chamber of Commerce during its search for a new Director.

            As Chamber Director, Manning, with the Chamber Board of Directors, has rebuilt the Chamber into a vibrant organization serving the needs of area businesses with such programs as AM Starke County, a monthly breakfast get together showcasing local companies, a Quarterly meeting at different locations throughout Starke County with informational presentations, and the Community Calendar.


            Dr. Disney complimented the efforts of the SCILL Search Committee and said that the “decision was difficult because 57 well-qualified persons had applied for the SCILL Director’s position”. When asked to comment about his new position, Anthony said that he had a passion for Starke County, is looking forward to a new challenge and is eager to begin his new duties. Charles Weaver, Executive Director of the Starke County Development Foundation, said that SCILL, in its search for a director, was seeking a director to lead the workforce development efforts of SCILL. “Anthony brings with him the energy and dedication that is necessary to lead the SCILL’s efforts to create a highly trained Starke County workforce”, said Weaver.

            SCILL was formed by the Starke County Development Foundation, which is the sole member of SCILL, in 1997 with the mission to provide Workforce Basic Training Skills, industry training, credit course work and personal enrichment. SCILL is managed by Ancilla College. SCILL is best known for its High School Automotive Technology Program, which serves 10 area high schools. The new mission is to create a highly skilled Starke County Workforce.