As the Executive Director, Ela Kakde provides strategic direction for the PAIDC Board of Directors. She began at Oberlin College and finished her bachelor's in sustainable resource Management and dual Masters in City and Regional Planning and rural sociology at Ohio State University. She is currently pursuing her PhD at UW Madison in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on economic development with applications in renewable energy. She has worked in the midwest, internationally in the middle east and also served in the United State Peace Corps in South America doing small business development.
She is a certified Public Manager, AICP, and currently working on her CeCD. She works closely with the City of Platteville, the Chamber, the Main Street, Grant County Economic Development Corporation, the University of Wisconsin Platteville, Southwest Technical College, and regional entities including Southwest Regional Planning Commission and Prosperity Southwest. Her areas of specialty are workforce development, strategic research and marketing, and business retention and expansion.
The Platteville Area Industrial Development Corporation or PAIDC was brought together by private citizens in 1957 to promote the business interests of the city of Platteville. In 1986, the PAIDC team came together to organize developing the city's first Industry Park. Since then, the group has helped to steadily add land, businesses, and supporting services for new businesses for the City of Platteville. We are a working board contributing our interests, passions, and expertise for the betterment and growth of Platteville’s Business Community. The interests represented on the board are a diverse cross section of expertise in the fields of development, eengineering, banking and financing, agricultural, educational, health, technology, manufacturing, community development and personal networks. Please click on each board member to learn more about them and the organizations they represent as PAIDC.