About BEDC

The catalyst for retention, development and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County.

Our Story

The BEDC is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the retention, development, and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County. The BEDC is funded through memberships and grants from private industry, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana University, and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.

Since 1985, BEDC has been dedicated to enhancing the vitality of our community. As the leading economic development organization for Bloomington/Monroe County, we are focused on increasing opportunities whether it’s through supporting our existing businesses, tackling workforce issues, or fostering entrepreneurial activity.


Providing leadership on issues that affect business growth, challenges to job creation and the long-term competitiveness of our economy.


Facilitating retention and expansion of primary employers and key industries.

Attracting Employers

Driving development and attraction of targeted businesses to our greater community.

Jen Pearl



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Jennifer Pearl has been a part of the Bloomington regional community since 2007, with family, work, and educational ties across the region. She came to BEDC from the Indy Chamber, where she served as director of international programs, overseeing implementation of the Metro Indianapolis Global Trade & Investment Strategy for the nine-county metro region.


Prior, Jen was based in Beijing, China as a Senior Consultant with North Head, a public affairs and strategic communications agency. She conducted policy analysis and public affairs campaigns for multinational clients doing business in Asia and trade across international markets.  


Jen has strong ties to Indiana, having managed global partnerships for five years at the Indiana University School of Public Health. She began her career at National Public Radio in Washington, DC. Pearl is an alumna of Indiana University, where she received her Masters of Public Affairs and Master of Arts in East Asian Studies, and of Syracuse University.

Marilyn Skirvin

Vice President


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Marilyn Skirvin has been with the organization since 1998. Previously, Marilyn held the position of Special Events/Volunteer Coordinator for Bloomington Hospital Foundation. Other experience includes City and County government, and human resources. Marilyn Skirvin is a lifelong resident of Bloomington and Monroe County, with the exception of three years living in Florida. She is the mother of two grown children, a son and daughter both of whom own their own business. Marilyn is alum of Leadership Bloomington Monroe County, and serves on the advisory board of the Monroe County Historical Society, as well as the SCI REMC Operation Roundup Board. She is a Director with the Ellettsville Chamber of Commerce board and a Commissioner with the Bloomington Housing Authority Board.

Ellyn Sallee

Project/Development Manager


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Ellyn Sallee has joined the BEDC as the Project/Development Manager. Ellyn will work with BEDC members, communications, and ongoing and developing initiatives.

“Ellyn brings experience with engaging companies and partners to advance the vitality of the organization. We are excited that she has joined our team to advance economic development in Bloomington and Monroe County,” expressed Jennifer Pearl, President of the BEDC.

Ellyn has a background in events management, marketing, public relations, and strategic communications. She most recently served as the Event Manager for the Bloomington Country Club. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Manchester University. She is a native to Bloomington and went to Bloomington High School South and was a member of Sounds of South and the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team. Ellyn is currently a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc., commonly known as Tri Kappa, a women’s philanthropic organization in Indiana. She is also very active in the Bloomington youth community and coaches soccer with the Cutters Soccer Organization.

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