Local economic development council selects Hoban as new CEO

Patrick Hoban comes to the Twin-Cities after serving as the economic development manager for the Village of Tinley Park. (Photo Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council)


By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – After 15 months without a permanent CEO, the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council has selected Patrick Hoban to lead the organization.

The EDC announced Friday Hoban will start the position Aug. 1.  He takes over for former CEO Kyle Ham who left the organization in April of 2018.

Hoban comes to the Twin-Cities after serving as the economic development manager for the Village of Tinley Park since February 2017.

“The search has been a long but deliberate process, and I couldn’t be prouder of the choice,” said John Hesse, BNEDC board chair. “Patrick has a very strong background in economic development and public-private partnerships, and he is intimately familiar with Central Illinois.”

Hoban served as vice president of business development for the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County.  He has over 12 years of experience in various economic development positions.

Hesse said Hoban’s salary will be in the range of $180,000-$200,000.  That was listed as the starting annual salary in the original job posting.

EDC vice president Mike O’Grady served as the interim CEO for over a year and recently retired in June after seven years with organization.

Hesse said it will be up to Hoban and the board to decide if the organization will fill O’Grady’s position.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com


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