Meet the Team

It is said that great things come in small packages; and at the EDA, we believe this to be true when it comes to our staff. The EDA staff may be small in numbers, but our delivery in support and service to our community and the clients we work with is anything but small.

Professional, yet highly approachable, the EDA staff is big in heart and dedication to economic development and enhancing the region. Whether you are a local business in need of help, an investor seeking development opportunities or a company looking to expand or relocate, our team is capable and ready to help.

Please give us a call at 810.982.9511

Dan Casey

Dan Casey, CEO
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Dan Casey is the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Alliance (EDA). Dan is charged with leading the organization’s economic development team and its mission to enhance and grow the region’s economy, influence job creation and attract capital investment to St. Clair County. Dan has served the public sector for 25 years and transitioned to the economic development profession in 1998. During his economic development career, Dan has assisted dozens of companies to establish, expand or relocate to Michigan and worked on many significant community development projects, totaling more than $2-billion in investment and creating 10,000 new jobs. 

Bruce Seymore II

Bruce Seymore II, Vice President, Business Services
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Bruce Seymore, Vice President, Business Services is responsiblefor growing, retaining and expanding organizations already operating within St. Clair County. Bruce leads the EDA’s Business Retention & Expansion program. This is a region-wide economic development initiative that creates a pro-business environment and works with companies that may be expanding, facing a risk, or needing connections to a variety of resources to accelerate growth or help a company to thrive. Bruce has over ten years of economic development experience.  Bruce previously worked for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Kristy Jones

Kristy Jones, Director of Business and Community Development
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Kristy, Director of Business and Community Development serves as an ambassador and collaborator with private and public sector community partners; and works to maximize commercial, industrial and residential development in the local economy.  As the the Director of Business and Community Development, Kristy implements programs and activities to diversify and promote the growth of County's economic base.   In this  role, Kristy promotes available properties; assists in developing new sites; conducts competitive research on companies and industry segments; generates leads; writes and responds to request for proposals; and networks with business and real estate industry professionals. 

Tina Frazer

Tina Frazer, Marketing Director
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Tina, Marketing Director for the Economic Development Alliance (EDA). EDA’s marketing program is the driving force behind increasing the overall awareness of the region’s assets and opportunities. Tina ensures that the EDA uses a variety of media platforms to promote St. Clair County and our organization’s services, including: the EDA’s website, digital marketing, various advertising and print collateral.

Kanchan Wankhede

Kanchan Wankhede, Director of Entrepreneurial Services
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Kanchan is the EDA’s Director of Entrepreneurial Services and is responsible for managing the region's SmartZone business incubator, The Underground (   At the Underground, Kanchan provides entrepreneurial support and services to the entire St. Clair County region.   The Underground is a Michigan Smartzone business incubator and service center with funding and support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  The Underground provides business incubation, training programs and resources, Co-Working and private office rentals.  

Stacy Elliott, ABA, PACE

Stacy Elliott, ABA, PACE, Administrative Lead
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Stacy is EDA’s Administrative Lead and is responsible for professional administrative support to the CEO, EDA team and overall organization. Stacy serves as the crucial first point-of-contact for clients, guests and incoming calls. As the Administrative Lead, Stacy also manages daily office operations of the organization, scheduling and correspondence for various committees and the EDA Board of Directors, as well as various membership communications and supporting activities


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