Lenawee Now is a non-profit organization dedicated to economic and business expansion throughout Lenawee County. By attracting new businesses, helping to grow established businesses, and supporting entrepreneurial endeavors in Lenawee, Lenawee Now is creating an economically viable and vibrant region. In addition to business attraction, retention and start-up activities, Lenawee Now provides critical services to support business growth including access to funding sources and talent enhancement. Lenawee Now is formerly known as the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation.
James E. Van Doren
With over 40 years of business and government leadership experience, Jim brings solid skills to the economic development process. From his private sector experience in manufacturing and his role as Chair of the Lenawee County Commissioners, Jim has an extensive background representing both businesses and communities. He has led Lenawee’s participation in Michigan’s Region 9 Economic Development Collaboration, and renewed Lenawee Now’s focus on strengthening existing businesses and promoting entrepreneurial growth.
Tim Robinson, CEcD
Director of Operations
Tim has been an economic developer since 1997 and earned IEDC certification in 2004. During his career he has worked with clients such as: Toyota, Pfizer, Hyundai, Google, Wacker and General Dynamics, which have resulted in over 5000 new jobs and $1.5 billion of new investment. Tim’s extensive experience allows Lenawee Now to leverage a multitude of federal and state programs to the benefit of Lenawee area businesses. In 2006, Tim was named Partner of the Year by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for “outstanding economic development achievement and collaboration.” And, in 2009, Tim was named Outstanding Volunteer for the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development’s Microloan program.
Sarah has a diverse marketing and communications background that includes working with government, non-profit and Fortune 500 companies. During her career, she has contributed to planning international conference events; new product development and launch; and community involvement and education. She earned her B.S. in Scientific and Technical Communications from Michigan Technological University in 2001 and her Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in 2011.