Barkley Garrett joined the city of Elkhart staff in September 2009 as the director of Economic Development. In this, role he is responsible for business retention, business attraction, and entrepreneurial development. Prior to joining the city, he spent almost eight years doing economic development with Indiana’s Economic Development Corporation, including four and a half years as the director of the North Central Region.
Garrett is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma – Economic Development Institute. He earned his Certified Economic Developer certification through the International Economic Development Council. He received his bachelor’s degree in corporate finance from the University of Alabama and his M.B.A. from Spring Arbor University.