Tim Dudley to Lead Vermilion Advantage
Danville, IL, Dec. 21, 2020 –Vermilion Advantage’s 73-member Board met today via Zoom to give their official blessing to the appointment of Tim Dudley as the new president/chief executive officer for the Vermilion County-based economic-development agency.
For the online vote, 93 percent of the Board approved Dudley’s hiring. Dudley is replacing Vicki Haugen, the agency’s founding president who ran Vermilion Advantage for 37 years and passed away in February 2020. Tinisha Spain had served as the interim president prior to Dudley’s appointment. More than 93 percent of the Board approved Dudley’s hiring.
Dudley has more than two decades of economic-development experience. He is leaving his position with the City of Decatur, Illinois, where he has played a major role in implementing the City’s Community Revitalization Plan. His accomplishments include facilitating the development of the $65 million Community Care Campus, which was funded in part by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. He also assisted with the $60 million expansion of the Mueller Company’s facilities.
Prior to that, Dudley worked as a State economic-development official for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Client businesses he helped support included Archer Daniels Midland, TDS Trucking, and Morpho-Trust Security Company, as well as the Cities of Decatur, Mt. Olive, Staunton, and Springfield.
Dudley has gotten to know Vermilion County over the years through his regional economic-development work. He also has family living in Danville. He says, “I see tremendous growth opportunities in Danville and throughout Vermilion County. One of my chief priorities will be to attract new industry to the region. I’ll also focus on supporting the workforce and business needs of the vast array of companies that has given Vermilion Advantage its well-earned reputation as one of the best (economic-development agencies) in the State.”
Even before receiving official word of his hiring, Dudley had already begun reaching out to his network of contacts to get started on the job. “From my previous work in Decatur and with the State, connecting with the right people is the key to success. For example, in having worked closely with the Illinois Manufacturing Association over the years, I know that this will be an important alliance to support all of the manufacturing businesses in Vermilion County.”
As president/CEO, Dudley will earn $100,000 annually. His official start date in his Danville-based office will be during the first week of the New Year.