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Changes coming to the Economic Development & Planning Department

Since the appointment of the Director, Jennifer Barclay, in January 2022 the City of Angola Economic Development & Planning department has been working to streamline the department functions with a goal to provide excellent customer service, open opportunities for growth, and utilize resources efficiently.


Brett Steele is Angola’s first City Planner, which is a new position in 2023. Brett will work with developers and residents on projects that involve the Board of Zoning Appeals and Plan Commission. Brett will walk applicants through the initial application, plan review, legal notice, and public meeting process; as well as working on-site to ensure projects are completed according to plans. Brett is enthusiastic and driven to provide quality customer service and work to see our community grow smartly.

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As previously reported, Retha Hicks, former Administrative Assistant, has transitioned to the role of Permitting Coordinator. This role will play to Retha’s strengths in providing excellent customer service. Retha will be the first face you see for permitting, with a new office space on the first floor. She will greet and work with applicants not only initially in the process but will be the point of contact to ensure the permits are fully completed. 


Next, the former downtown services coordinator position has transitioned to the new position of Community Coordinator. The coordinator will work very closely with the Angola Main Street Board of Directors (formally Downtown Angola Coalition) in the implementation of the Main Street program which is governed through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Their main goal in 2023 is to be a Nationally Accredited Main Street. This will provide access to funding opportunities for improvements within Downtown. This position will also work closely with Angola’s Historic Preservation Commission. The department is currently seeking applicants.

Community Coordinator Job Posting

Finally, the Director, Jennifer Barclay, will tap into the resources that the Economic Development Commission and the Redevelopment Commission offers to Angola. These boards have the potential to attract and provide resources that are currently un-tapped to potential development and redevelopment. Additionally, she will work on garnering and establishing a vision for the growth and future of Angola.

Any questions regarding these changes may be direct to:

Jennifer Barclay, Director

Economic Development & Planning Department

Ph. 260.665.7465

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