Executive Director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Nancy Eckerle is hoping to retain her seat on the Jasper Common Council.
Eckerle announced her intentions in a release Wednesday to seek the Republican nomination for the At-Large seat on the Jasper Council in the May primary.
She was first elected to the council in 2015 and has served in the council since January 2016. She previously served on the City Council representing District 5 from 1996 till 1999.
In her release Eckerle says she has worked very hard in any job that she has undertaken. She says the Chamber of Commerce and City Council positions have given her the opportunity to serve the community in many ways.
Eckerle says when she sees a need, she is able to develop goals and objectives, seek collaborators and see the task to its realization.
She says Jasper is moving forward in a progressive way calling the community a true business center and a hub of activity. Eckerle says she wants to continue to be an active part of this growth and development and knows she can help accomplish goals in a positive way.
Eckerle is the President of the Jasper Strassenfest, Inc. Board of Directors, is a Board
Member of Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition and also serves on the City of Jasper Board of Public Works.
She is on the board of the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, a group she co-founded.
Eckerle organizes the Summer Riverwalk Concert Series, Jasper’s O’Tannenbaum Days, and the Patoka 2000 Beautification Project. She also was instrumental in organizing the Women Empowering Women leadership program for Dubois County.
Eckerle is a member of the City of Jasper Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee,
the Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Mission Committee, the Jasper Strassenfest Committee, the Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association, the Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding School Board, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Executives Association, and the Cathedral Health Care Center Advisory Board.
She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Eckerle is a 1976 graduate of Jasper High School.
She earned degrees in Social Work from Vincennes University and Indiana State University. She has been with the Jasper Chamber since 1987.
Eckerle received a Young Hoosier Award from the Indiana Jaycees in 1993.
In 2012, she was a nominee for the Athena and in 2015 Nancy was named the recipient of the Athena Leadership Award by the Rotary Club of Jasper. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce Executive Association made her a Certified Professional in 2013. She was chosen in 2018 to be an Alumni of Distinction at Jasper High School.
While the city has many projects underway, both internally and with private developers, Eckerle feels each department should develop both 5-year and 10-year plans focusing on the assets, properties, buildings, vehicles and their people.
Currently, Eckerle is working on implementing a city-wide communication app that would be used for emergency notifications, communications needs and other ways that this cutting-edge technology could be used to alert residents of important information.
The 61-year old Eckerle and her husband Gil have three adult children and three grandchildren.