Assistant added to EDC staff

Michele Carter

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Michele Carter


by Rick Nichols
A rural Topeka woman with more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing and economic development has been hired to fill what is a new position, that of Economic Development Assistant for Jefferson County.
Michele Carter assumed the duties associated with the position on Feb. 1 and will be working closely with Economic Development Director Brittany Chaplin in an effort to build on what she and those who have come alongside her have accomplished over the past 22 months. Carter relishes the opportunity.
“I’m excited about partnering with Brittany and the Jefferson County Economic Development Commission to promote economic development initiatives throughout Jefferson County,” she said in an email sent to the paper last week.
According to the email, Carter’s responsibilities encompass five different areas. To be specific, she is being called upon to coordinate with the JCEDC’s Executive Board in establishing program goals and production targets relative to supporting existing businesses, supporting the formation of new businesses, promoting and marketing Jefferson County as a venue for commerce and tourism, and creating a system of support to provide the information, resources and education necessary for successful commerce; act as an information resource for cities and chambers of commerce within the county; provide a quarterly progress report to the Executive Board and the Board of County Commissioners; participate in continuing education and achieve the certifications necessary to successfully achieve goals and production targets; and act as a liaison between Jefferson County and the Kansas Department of Commerce and other state and private business entities as identified as necessary to achieve goals and production targets.
Carter describes herself as a “passionate, skilled and knowledgeable leader in the affordable housing and economic development industry” who “excels at educating and developing strategies for rural and urban communities regarding available economic development/affordable housing grant opportunities and initiatives.”
For the past two years plus, Carter has been associated with Midwest Affordable Housing/Michele Carter Consulting of Topeka. As a consultant specializing in the area of affordable housing, she has been involved in the writing of Affordable Housing Program grants on behalf of non-profit housing and economic development professionals and the monitoring of approved AHP grants on both a short- and long-term basis. She also has presented grant workshops at housing conferences in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado.
Carter is certified as a homebuyer education trainer through NeighborWorks America.
Carter is the Director of Membership for the Kansas Housing Association and the Grant Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Colorado.
From February of 1989 until November of 2013, Carter was employed by the Federal Home Loan Bank in Topeka. During her years there she managed the AHP Homeownership Program for more than five years, the Housing and Community Development Program for 21 months and the HCD Community Programs and Outreach Program for 10 months.
Carter received an Employee Merit Award while with the FHLB.
Off the clock, Carter was a member of the Board of Directors for the Seaman Education Advantage Foundation from 2001-2010 and served as president of the Topeka Corporate Volunteer Council from 2002-2004 and as president of the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Center of Topeka from 2003-2004.
The daughter of Marjorie McClurg and the late Jerry McClurg, Carter grew up in the Meriden area and attended Topeka’s Seaman High School. In 2010, she earned an associate degree from Highland Community College.
Carter is married to Ed Carter, who was raised in Valley Falls. The couple have three children, Tanner, Hunter and Chloe.

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