Continental Design & Engineering Press Room
The Herald Bulletin
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
by David F. Nelson, Staff Reporter
Nagengast named interim director of center
The chief executive officer of a local company will take on added and monumental responsibility
in the coming months -- helping launch the new Business Development Center.
Judy Nagengast, CEO of Anderson's Continental Design and Engineering, was named interim
executive director of the center by its board of directors.
"The board is extremely pleased with the appointment of Judy as interim director,"
said Charles Staley, president of the center and executive director of facilities and real
estate management at Anderson University. "We are grateful that Judy has agreed to
temporarily provide start-up leadership for the center. She has a wealth of experience
starting business in this community and is up to the challenge and the demands of the position.
Persons working through the center will find her expertise and perspectives valuable."
Nagengast's salary for the part-time position comes from an $80,000 grant from the Central
Indiana Corporate Partnership, a private organization. The grant was specifically designated
to pay for a temporary director as well as support staff, according to Staley.
"I think it is a significant statement that a local person was chosen for this
position. Judy will do a great job," added Staley.
Staley said a permanent executive director should be in place by January 2004. He also
hopes groundbreaking for the facility will occur this fall.
During her career as an entrepreneur, Nagengast, who established Continental with her
husband, Bill Nagengast, has managed and operated more than a dozen businesses.
Her latest endeavor is ClearNation Communications, which offers local and long-distance
service to residential and business consumers.
"The Business Development Center will give Anderson a chance to re-invent itself
and will help create and nurture entrepreneurs," said Nagengast. "With the automotive
manufacturers leaving, it is vital that we replace them with new enterprises. Anderson
has a rich history of innovation and technical expertise. We plan to use this center to
turn these talents into profitable businesses that create jobs and re-energize this community
and region of the state."
Among Nagengast's numerous awards, she's received the Athena Award from the Chamber
of Commerce for Anderson & Madison County and inducted, along with her husband, into
the Madison County Business Hall of Fame.
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