There’s a new face on the staffs of the Morton Chamber of Commerce and Morton Economic Development Council.
Lenora Fisher is on board as the organizations’ first community development director.
With an extensive skill set that includes being a part of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and transition from 2007 to 2009 and serving as director of Midwest field operations during the 2008 election, Fisher’s main goals in Morton are to help attract and retain businesses and be an advocate for them.
She’s also focusing on workforce initiatives, community projects and marketing.
Fisher, 39, started her new job April 12 and in only a few months she’s gotten deeply involved in several areas.
Among them are Morton’s participation in Fourth Fridays, Tazewell Art Loop activities, and the EDC’s Morton Mentor program that involves businesses and Morton High School students, as well as going on visits to Morton businesses with other chamber and EDC officials.
“I have a great opportunity to help Morton businesses and be an advocate for them,” she said.
Fisher said she’s traveled around the world as part of a military family and has seen many communities.
Morton stands out, she said, because it’s a place “that has stood the test of time thanks to great leadership that has helped people and businesses thrive.
“This is a cool community. It’s fun to work here.”
Fisher’s background in public engagement, small business marketing and development and grant experience made her a logical choice for her new job.
She returned to central Illinois in 2015 to help guide her family’s Pekin-based business (Innovative Medical Therapies) through a major transition.
She served as director of services and marketing, tasked with improving operations, customer experience and community recognition.
Before her return to central Illinois, Fisher was grants and program director for Citizens for Modern Transit in St. Louis from 2013 to 2015.
CMT is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for expanded and improved public transportation in the region.
Fisher was assistant director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis from 2010 to 2013.
She was a key player in the launch of the center, which has a mission to provide academic insight into matters involving religion and politics.
Greenville College was Fisher’s professional stop before Washington University. She was director of development and constituent relations at Greenville from 2009 to 2010.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Greenville, and master’s degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary and the American University School of International Service, both in Washington, D.C.
Fisher’s volunteer experience includes the Pekin Kiwanis Club, Bike Pekin Committee and HOI Bike Connect Committee.
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