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 July has ushered in a new slate of officers for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. Selected by EDC board members, officers serve two- year terms in the roles of chair, vice chair, secretary, or treasurer. The board is comprised of community mem- bers and entrepreneurs who work together to oversee EDC operations including management of the
SmartZone, Industrial Incubator, and air industrial park. They also facilitate local Brownfield projects and manage infrastructure at the
local municipal airport,
Sanderson Field.
Kelley Bunker, long-time
board member and EDC
supporter, stepped down
from his position as chair to
devote more time to his
growing manufacturing
business, Sault Machine Works. He is now vice chair of the board and is looking forward to what this new term will bring for the EDC and the Sault.
“We have a diverse background of people on the board,” he said, pointing out that members represent a range of fields from finance to medicine. “It ensures that we have a mix of good ideas and input when it comes to the activities of the EDC.”
Nominated to take his place a chair was Dr. Rachael McCoy, local chiropractor and business owner. She is both a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and a certified animal chiropractor, as well as co-owner of Bordertown Chiropractic which she
founded with her husband in 2001. She says that her own experiences of starting a business in the Sault
inspired her to join the board in 2016.
“As we were not from the area, we had no knowledge
of whom to contact to help us get started,” she said. “And since we had no prior business experience, we were quite lost when it came to finding a place to rent/purchase or how to find a bank to provide us a loan. I want to help make it easier for anyone to come to the area to find aid in starting or expanding their
business. I feel that it is exactly the EDC’s role ?— to provide the help and
In her role as chair,
McCoy hopes to bring more awareness, both nationally and internation- ally, to Sault Ste. Marie and all it has to offer prospective businesses. She also plans to
cultivate more relationships with our sister city, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and help to make the transitions for businesses coming to the area as seamless as possi- ble.
Taking the role of secretary is Dan Dasho, a long- time EDC member who joined the board back in 2011. He is the former CEO of Cloverland Electric Cooperative and has extensive business experience. Dasho is also closely involved with the Chippewa County EDC.
“I enjoy being involved in making the Sault business community strong and healthy,” he said.
LSSU engineering professor and Robotics Lab Director Jim Devaprasad was nominated as secretary. Devaparasad says that he enjoys being able to represent
LSSU and other educational interests as applicable to the economic development of the area.
“I enjoy having this opportunity to be a part of the economic growth in Sault Ste. Marie,” he said. “And being able to provide and input and make decisions as part of the EDC board.”
The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Cor- poration is a non-profit organization that fosters eco-
nomic growth in the community through its dedica- tion to helping entrepreneurs establish and expand their businesses. Board meetings are held
monthly and are open to the public. For more infor- mation on the EDC, their projects, programs, and partnerships, and how to become a board member, visit their website at or follow them on Facebook @SSMEDC.
Sault EDC Board Announces New Officers
 Houghton 800-562-7684
Iron Mountain 800-872-9013
Ishpeming 877-834-3827
Marinette 866-682-8418
Sault Ste. Marie 800-867-0511
 New slate of officers for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
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