Angola hires new Director of Economic Development | Heralrepublican

ANGOLA — A seasoned urban planner with experience in private industry and government sectors has been named Angola’s new director of planning and economic development.

And Angolan officials didn’t have to look far to find the right candidate.

Jennifer Barclay took up her post on Monday, having most recently worked in the planning department at Auburn. Barclay replaced Vivian Likes, who took over as plan director in her hometown of Butler.

“I am delighted to be part of the Angola team,” Barclay said. “We look forward to providing excellent customer service to businesses and residents.”

Although her 13-year planning career has taken her to many places in Indiana and Ohio, Barclay is no stranger to Steuben County, having grown up in the Pleasant Lake-Hudson area and graduating from Prairie Heights High School in 2005.

She holds a master’s degree in urban design from Ball State University, where she received her undergraduate degree in urban planning and development.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jennifer to the Angola City family,” Mayor Dick Hickman said in a prepared statement. “Her expertise and experience will be a great benefit to the future growth of our community. Angola has always had excellent representation within our Department of Planning and Economic Development and I am sure that Jennifer will continue this tradition, while as each of its predecessors did.

In addition to Auburn, Barclay has worked in government for Hendricks County, Noble County and Clayton, Ohio. His first job out of college was with Williams Creek Consulting.

Her academic and professional experiences have given her exposure to a diverse field of theories regarding planning and design, an Angolan press release said.

She is the daughter of Rick and Brenda Shipe from rural Angola.

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