Marketplace names McLaughlin project manager

Shelby McLaughlin

By The Paper staff

Shelby McLaughlin is the new Wabash Marketplace, Inc. project manager.

McLAughlin’s hiring was announced Wednesday, Oct. 28, by the WMI Board of Directors.

She brings with her business and retail development experience as well as a specific focus in planning and project oversight. Mclaughlin moved to Wabash earlier this year and will begin full-time with WMI on Nov. 9.

“WMI is committed to executing an aggressive Strategic Plan that outlines the need for a full-time project manager,” WMI Board President Jason Callahan said.  “Shelby (McLaughlin) is an ideal candidate because she offers an energetic passion for the community, is furthering her education with a degree in Non-profit Business Management and has had the opportunity to lead innovative business planning initiatives abroad.”

McLaughin graduated from Noblesville High School in 2012 and is in her final year of college at Lincoln Christian University where she is concluding her degree online in Non-Profit Business Management.

In 2014, she offered business planning assistance and oversight to residents in Kenya & the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Africa, via an internship offered through Christian Missionary Fellowship International.   McLaughlin moved to Wabash in May with her husband, Kyle, who accepted a position with Center Court Barbershop.  The McLaughlin’s live and work downtown and express a desire to give back to the Wabash community that has embraced them.

“I grew up in Noblesville and have always had an appreciation for communities that work hard together to accomplish lasting change,” McLaughlin said.

“I abundantly believe in the direction that Wabash is headed. It has been an honor watching Wabash expand and revitalize in the last few years. I am excited for what is to come,” she continued, regarding her newly acquired position with the WMI.  “I am privileged to get to be apart of the Wabash Marketplace team and am excited to build lasting relationships with our community.”

Steve Downs was recently named the organization’s executive director and will serve as a leader and mentor to McLaughlin.

“Mrs. McLaughlin offers a sincere will to impact the community in which she lives,” Downs said. “Her level of commitment and determination will surely advance WMI’s efforts in community and economic development.”

Wabash Marketplace is an Indiana Main Street Organization and follows a unique preservation-based economic development tool, the Main Street Four Point Approach.  The Main Street approach is the foundation for local initiatives to revitalize downtown by leveraging local assets – from cultural or architectural heritage to local enterprises and community pride. 

The four points of the Main Street approach work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort. The four points include: Organization, establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in the commercial district.

Promotion creates a positive image that will renew community pride and tell your Main Street story to the surrounding region. Design, gets downtown into top physical shape and preserves a place's historic character, inviting environment for shoppers, workers, and visitors. Economic Restructuring strengthens the community's existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base.

“With the recent completion of Wabash Marketplace’s strategic plan and the hiring of Steve and Shelby, the board looks forward to a very progressive 2016,” Callahan said.

Posted on 2015 Nov 02