ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Scott Walker joined Greater Lafayette Commerce in 2015, and has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, commercial, and economic development. A degreed engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt by training, Scott has a passion for high tech companies and manufacturers married with a deep admiration for small businesses and their owners, garnered from years of experience as a certified small business counselor and economic gardener.
In his current position, Scott leads Greater Lafayette Commerce’s efforts to grow Greater Lafayette by creating platforms for community engagement in Economic Development, Workforce Development, Quality of Life, and Chamber of Commerce initiatives. GLC’s overarching goals are to grow Greater Lafayette by 212,000 people by 2026, increase the Median Household Income beyond the US Median, attract projects that create 5,000 new economic base jobs, and doubling member engagement.
Scott lends his expertise to a host of boards in the community which includes: United Way of Greater Lafayette and the Community Commitment to Education, Lafayette Urban Enterprise Association, MatchBox CoWorking Studio Board of Managers, Economic Development Commission of Greater Lafayette, Purdue University Center for Economic Education, and has been a repeat judge of the Purdue University 3-Minute Thesis Presentation Competition.
Scott and his family live in Greater Lafayette and are frequently spotted at track events and soccer fields around the region. If not there, he and Jill, his wife, an Interior Designer, are often working on improving their 1947 home in Lafayette, or Scott may be in the back garage turning wrenches and getting grease under his fingernails.
President & CEO
Kara serves as the Workforce Development Director. Talent pipeline, workforce attraction and assisting existing businesses with workforce needs are her main responsibilities. Regional economic environment depends on the collaboration of community, education and industry. This partnership leads to a healthy pipeline of skilled workers.
Kara has developed her focus for workforce talent by serving as the manager for Business and Employer Services under the Indiana Department of Workforce Development as well as the Region 4 Workforce Board for over 13 years. She was appointed to the Indiana Works Council by Governor Pence in 2013 and continues to serve in that capacity in her role with Greater Lafayette Commerce. Kara was the key partner in the creation of the communities Advancing Manufacturing program and the State of Advanced Manufacturing system.
Kara’s passion in life is her family. Enjoying time with her husband and adult children exploring the world is what keeps her energized. Traveling helps her to appreciate and love Lafayette even more.
Workforce Development Director
Economic Development Manager
Trent Fletcher serves as the Economic Development Manager for Greater Lafayette Commerce. Trent works to bring new economic based jobs to our community and region. He does this by working with existing companies who are looking to expand their business, along with attracting new firms to the Greater Lafayette area. He coordinates Indiana’s Technology Corridor, a group of 9 surrounding counties that work together to enhance the economic development of the region. This is accomplished through continuous relationship building of existing companies, site selectors, and state and local governments.
Trent graduated in 2016 with a degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from the College of Technology at Purdue University. This is where Trent learned the importance of relationship building; necessary to succeed in this fast and ever growing economy. He started his career as a purchasing agent at Terra Drive Systems, an innovative manufacturing company who develops hydraulic rear wheel drive axles for combines and large utility trucks. Terra Drive is where he gained an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the manufacturing industry; knowledge he will use to incentivize and attract new companies to this region.
He spends his time away from work at the Purdue CoRec playing basketball with his wife. You can also find him out on a lake fishing for whatever wants to bite that day.