Economic development nonprofit names VP
A woman with more than 15 years of experience in economic development at the local and state levels is a new vice president at an economic development nonprofit in the region.
Battle Creek Unlimited, or BCU, said it has appointed Amy Deprez to the role.
Deprez will handle recruitment and retention efforts for the organization and co-manage the Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority.
Deprez said she was elated to receive the appointment at BCU.
“I have lived in the Battle Creek area for the last year and a half, so to be back and have the opportunity to grow your home community with the unlimited opportunities that exists here is very exciting and rewarding,” Deprez said.
“I believe that my strong operational and finance skills will contribute greatly to the success of reaching BCU’s long-term objectives, while my trouble-shooting skills and ability to find innovative and creative solutions to a wide range of situations will be utilized greatly in generating new jobs and investment for the greater Battle Creek area.
“Now that I have the honor of working where I live, I can’t wait to become more involved in this community and am taking the time currently to better understand which groups and events make the most sense. With BCU ramping up to full staffing and defining a more focused mission, we are now ready to pay special attention to getting out in the community.”
Most recently, Deprez oversaw leadership, development of business incentives and the $70-million Business Development Program at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. as the managing director of Development Finance.
Deprez, a certified Economic Development Financial Professional, has also held leadership roles at the St. Clair County Economic Development Alliance and has nearly 10 years of experience in the banking industry.
Deprez holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baker College, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Battle Creek Unlimited has a mission to generate investment and jobs in the southwest Michigan.
For instance, the nonprofit helped lead the conversion of a nearly 3,000-acre base into Fort Custer Industrial Park, which is now home to about 25 international-based companies.
In 2014, BCU was ranked eighth in the nation by Site Selection Magazine for its economic development projects.