The Growth Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit with 3 full time staff members and a seasonal intern. 


Tim Eckerle

Executive Director

Since 1984, Tim has been the Executive Director of the Grant County Economic Growth Council, Marion, Indiana. As the Growth Council’s initial director, Tim has been responsible for developing the organization’s mission and overseeing its development. During his tenure, the Growth Council has participated in attracting 22 diverse new manufacturers such as furniture, plastic lids manufacturers, and an ethanol plant as well as participated in over 12 billon dollars worth of modernization and expansion projects. In 2008, he actively participated with the City of Marion to recruit TriEnda, LLC, a thermal plastics pallet manufacturer from Wisconsin to Marion.

These projects and many others have garnered national recognition by the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Site Selection Magazine and Mid America Economic Development Council. Marion was named as one of the Top 100 Small Cities for Economic Development from 1989 to 1999 by CoreNet and as a Top Economic Development Group in 2005 by Site Selection Magazine.

Prior to joining the Growth Council, Tim was Director of Planning and Development of Harvey, Illinois; Assistant Director of City of South Bend, Indiana; Redevelopment Commission and a Planner with the Area Plan Commission of St. Joseph County, Indiana, and the City of Elkhart.

Tim is a Past President of the Indiana Economic Development Association, Northeast Midwest Leadership Council and was named as one of the Top Ten Young Economic Developers in the USA by the Industrial Development Council, as well as several inclusions in Who’s Who in Real Estate Development. In 2008 Tim received an Honorary Secretary of Commerce award from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Governor Mitch Daniels bestow a Distinguished Hoosier Award in 2009. Tim has been a speaker at the Center for Automotive Research’s prestigious Management Briefing Seminar, as well as for the National Council for Urban Economic Advance Training Seminars, National Association of Counties, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Indiana Association of Counties, and other regional organizations.

Tim is a graduate of Indiana University.

Mikayla Marazzi

Director of Marketing and Communication

Mikayla Marazzi joined the Grant County Economic Growth Council in August 2017. She is a graduate of the International Economic Development Council’s Basic Economic Development Course.

She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with B.A. in English and has experience in a variety of international development projects: such as serving with Project Elea at Eleonas Refugee Camp in Athens, Greece or with Hogar Bethel, an orphanage in La Cumbre, Argentina. Mikayla hopes to bring her intercultural experience into her work with Grant County, as she aspires to cultivate a community of warmth, inclusion, and diversity.

Originally from BC, Canada, Mikayla moved to Indiana to play collegiate tennis—and she never expected to stay in Indiana. However, slowly Indiana became a new sort of home to her. She came to love the Grant County community: full of good people, abundant opportunities, and resolve to make things better. Thus, after graduation Mikayla re-routed her plans to put down roots in Indiana—and has now called Grant County home for six years.

You can usually find Mikayla wandering (sometimes walking, sometimes running, sometimes biking) through the streets of Marion, peppering a friend with questions of a beer; drinking coffee at any time of day or night; joining a new community event or committee; or most likely, eating tacos.

Mikayla is passionate about joining community, creating community, exploring community, and trying to innovate new pockets of community and facilitating connections amongst people.

Mikayla serves on the Quality of Life and Place committee; the Grant County Young Professional Network committee; and the Main Street Marion Economic Restructuring committee.


Victoria Herring

Director of Business Development and Operations

Victoria Herring joined the growth council in September of 2017. She is a graduate of Indiana University at Fort Wayne with a B.S. in Marketing. She has been a Marion resident for 7 years, and has become involved with several community organizations including Youth for Christ and the Grant County Rescue Mission. Victoria’s professional background includes a variety of roles at several nonprofits throughout Grant County, where she has experience in sales and marketing.

Victoria attends College Wesleyan church where she is active in the hospitality ministry, combining two of her favorite things: meeting new people and coffee.

When Victoria is not working, you can most likely find her running on the Cardinal Greenway or enjoining the outdoors with her family.