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 the Director with the Ellettsville Chamber of Commerce board and a Commissioner with the Bloomington Housing Authority Board.

Anne McCombe

Vice President


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In her role at the BEDC, Anne works to recruit new businesses, retain existing business, and attract talent to Bloomington and Monroe County. She currently manages the Bloomington Technology Partnership and the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership, two of the BEDC’s public-private initiatives aimed to foster the growth of the tech and life science sectors in Bloomington. She also runs the BEDC’s B-Start pre-accelerator program which fosters job creation through entrepreneurship and the start of new businesses in Bloomington. Anne has two degrees from Indiana University, having most recently completed her masters from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is also a graduate of the Ball State University – Center for Community Economic Development, Indiana Economic Development Course. Anne and her husband have been in the Bloomington community for over seven years and look forward to calling Bloomington home for many years to come.

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