A La Porte County Life in the Spotlight: Kim Ramsey

Kim-RamseyBorn and raised in New Buffalo, Michigan, Kim Ramsey has always felt a sense of devotion to the community in which she lives. Twelve years ago, Ramsey bought a house in La Porte County, successfully relocating her family to the area. She decided to stay home with her daughter for a little while, and when it came time for her to return to work, Ramsey wanted to live and work in the same area. So she began her work with Horizon Bank, whose dedication to the community reminded her of her time with the community banking corporation she worked with right out of high school.

Ramsey had worked for Horizon Bank for over ten years, leaving in April of 2013. However, not long after her departure, the opportunity was presented to her to join two organizations – Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) and Greater LaPorte Economic Development Corporation (GLEDC). Previously, she had worked as a trust officer with Horizon, and really enjoyed the relationship-management side of things, particularly dealing with clients. Working at EDCMC and GLEDC provided her with an opportunity to continue to build on those relationships, but in a different industry, so she decided to take the job, officially beginning her term as Assistant Development Director of both companies in June of 2013.

"I really enjoy being a part of seeing new businesses and existing businesses excel in the community," Ramsey said. "It's great being able to help with workforce development issues and needs, and watching things grow and develop."

As the Assistant Development Director, Ramsey has many responsibilities, but her main responsibility with the corporations is business retention and expansion. Travelling around the area, she meets within the community, to be proactive, to build the necessary relationships, and to assist with any needs these businesses may have.

"I do what I do because I love it," Ramsey said. "I'm not looking for special recognition, or just something that gives me a paycheck. I love to do this. I love seeing the businesses in the area grow and expand, and I love learning new things about them that can help further their goals."

In her spare time, Ramsey enjoys volunteering anywhere and everywhere she can. Currently, she serves as the treasurer for her local Meals on Wheels, which she has been involved with for a long time. In the past, she and her fourteen-year-old daughter have rang the Salvation Army bell, and every year Ramsey and her family donate food to the Salvation Army for Thanksgiving.

"I definitely enjoy helping out and volunteering anywhere I can," Ramsey said. "Especially now that my daughter is getting older. It's required for her to have twenty hours of volunteering completed by graduation, but I do my best to encourage her to volunteer for more than just a grade, because it's so much more important than that."

In what remains of her spare time, Ramsey enjoys spending time with her family, attending various sporting events that her kids are involved in, and enjoying the local beach in the summertime.