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Great Lakes Economic Development Council Setting Strategic Direction, Appoints Tim Hindes Executive Director

9 Mar 2024 4:25 PM | Rod Crider (Administrator)

DETROIT, MI – The Great Lakes Economic Development Council (GLEDC) is excited to announce Tim Hindes as its new Executive Director, marking a new chapter in its commitment to the economic growth of the Great Lakes region. Tim's unique blend of leadership and practical experience in building brands, community engagement, and working with economic development organizations positions him as an ideal figure to steer GLEDC into its next phase of growth. 

Tim will continue to lead TrailBlaze Creative, a creative capacity and marketing firm he founded, as its CEO. Like Tim, TrailBlaze works at the intersection of economic development and marketing, supporting place-branding, regional workforce campaigns, business district strategies, and more. Hindes' previous role as Executive Director of the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) showcased his ability to drive organizations towards growth and innovation, including securing significant funding through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the organization. 

As the newly appointed Executive Director, Tim aims to build on GLEDC's legacy, emphasizing collaborative efforts with members and communities across two Canadian provinces and eight U.S. states to spearhead impactful economic initiatives. Upon accepting his new role, Hindes shared his vision for the GLEDC, "I am honored to join the Great Lakes Economic Development Council and eager to leverage my experiences to foster economic growth and resilience across this vital region. Together, we will build on the Great Lakes' rich heritage of innovation and collaboration to secure a prosperous future for our communities."

Rod Crider, the founder of GLEDC, also shared his optimism: "Tim's unique blend of experience and commitment to community development makes him the ideal leader to guide our council forward. We are confident that his vision will enrich our efforts to promote sustainable economic growth across the Great Lakes."

About the Great Lakes Economic Development Council

Situated at the heart of the Great Lakes region and headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, the GLEDC stands as a beacon for economic development professionals, fostering a collaborative environment for professional growth, networking, and advocacy. The council is dedicated to stimulating investment and innovation across a broad spectrum of sectors, aiming to sustain the economic vitality of the region and enhance the quality of life for its residents. Through a variety of services, including educational workshops and marketing support, GLEDC equips economic developers with the necessary tools to drive success and make a positive difference in their communities.

For more information about GLEDC's mission, upcoming events, and membership details, please visit