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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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