About   Ellsworth County Economic Development

Our Mission


Ellsworth County Economic Development is improving the lives of citizens of Ellsworth County through recruitment, retention, and expansion of goods and services offered in Ellsworth County.



Serve as the lead agency to diversify the economic health of Ellsworth County; specific focus will be creating and implementing a plan to increase jobs in Ellsworth County; provide source information for incentives, referrals, and matters relating to community and economic development; develop marketing materials to present Ellsworth County in a positive and progressive light


Equally important to economic health are existing businesses.  To this end, Ellsworth County Economic Development shall remain a business resource for professional development opportunities, information and assistance with succession planning, and regular contact with existing business.

Visionary Leadership

Ellsworth County Economic Development accomplishes its mission through the active and diversified efforts of a Board of Directors, an Executive Director, and with partnerships of city and county government and forward-thinking strategic planning.


Justin Lindsley, President

Leland Francis, Vice-President

Curt Glaser, Treasurer

Debbie Kootz, Secretary

Peter Solie, Member Representing Lorraine

Gerry Gebhardt, Member Representing Kanopolis

Chuck Crawford, Member Representing Wilson

Jon Halbgewachs, Member Representing Ellsworth

Kenny Gieselman, Member Representing Holyrood

Machelle Van Trump, Member Representing Commissioner Rush

Jessica Homolka, Member Representing Commissioner Rolfs

Vacant Seat, Student Honorary Board Member

Braden Schulte, Student Honorary Board Member

Meet the Board

Meet the Director


Stacie Schmidt

Executive Director