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OCEDP is committed to all aspects of business. Our goal is to be a catalyst to ensure that businesses have access to the resources they need when it comes to Business Retention Expansion, and Attraction. 

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The Orange County Economic Development Partnership is committed to recruiting new business to the county, as well as promoting the retention and expansion of existing industry. We are organized as a 501(c)3 organization, funded by both public and private organizations that reflect the diverse assets of Orange County.  Likewise, our board consists of 12 members, including county commissioners, county council, four town councils, and business/industry. Since our inception, we have fostered the growth of dozens of new and expanding businesses, providing personalized assistance in identifying sources of business capital; connecting businesses with educational, workforce development, supply chain, and other resources; and matching relocating and expanding companies’ needs with available properties.

Promoting Regional Growth

Our office is located in French Lick, Indiana. Major highways in Orange County are SR 37, SR 56, SR 145 and US 150.  Orange County, in turn, sits in the middle of the South Central Indiana Region where major interstate highways are easily accessible. Airports servicing the region are easily accessible as well with Louisville International being a one hours drive away and the French Lick Municipal Airport being very close by with the amenities to serve large private aircraft. In fact, Orange County Economic Development Partnership is a member of Radius Indiana, which is a regional economic development organization consists of eight counties (Crawford, Davies, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington).

Just one call puts you in touch with our expert team:
Kristal Painter
Executive Director




Orange County Economic Development Partnership
505 South Maple Street
P.O. Box 128 French Lick, IN 47432

Our Mission

“Improve the Quality of Life of Orange County Citizens Through Activities that Stimulate Economic Development.”

Personnel & Board of Directors

An organizational structure designed to support positive client experience

A confidential, single point of contact for business assistance Our staff is extremely knowledgeable of Orange County’s opportunities and resources available and navigates the site selection and business development processes by:

  • Providing market insights
  • Delivering programmatic and incentive information
  • Bringing together public and private sector leaders
  • Guiding businesses as they make and implement important location decisions


Kristal Painter Executive Director

Kristal Painter, a lifelong resident of Indiana, has been a leader in the Orange County community during her career.  Before joining the team at OCEDP she spent ten years at Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit French Lick West Baden) in various roles including Finance Manager and the last three years as Executive Director.  Kristal has extensive experience promoting business in Orange County, as well as fostering and maintaining relationships with county and state officials.  She currently serves on numerous boards including First Chance Center, Indiana Foodways Alliance, Memorial Hospital advisory committee, and the tourism committee for Radius Indiana.  Kristal’s diverse background in tourism, finance, and marketing, coupled with her passion for promoting and elevating Orange County will continue to move the area further by strengthening relationships with established businesses, leaders, and residents while working to attract new businesses and residents to this thriving and growing community.

Chelsey Lankford Office Manager

Chelsey Lankford is an Orange County native who was raised in Paoli, Indiana and currently resides there. She holds an associate’s degree in business administration and understands the challenges and advantages of living in rural Orange County, Indiana.  With five years’ experience in an administrative role at a CPA firm prior to working at OCEDP, she is knowledgeable about the local business climate and understands business operations. Chelsey uses her educational and work experiences to not only further the mission and vision of OCEDP but to also help in making Orange County a better place to live, work, relax, and do business.


Alan Beck  Type of Director: At Large; Affiliation: French Lick Springs Resort

Mike McCracken  Type of Director: At Large; Affiliation: Orleans Town Council

Liz Smith  Type of Director: At Large; Affiliation: Reynolds Construction, LLC

Mylea Pluris  Type of Director: Virtue of Position Affiliation: Appointed by Paoli Town Council

Cathy Carnes  Type of Director: Virtue of Position; Affiliation: Town of West Baden

Don Renner  Type of Director: Virtue of Position; Affiliation: French Lick Town Council

Nancy Mitchell-Morris  Type of Director: At Large; Affiliation: Mitchell Jewelry

Ken Schnaus  Type of Director: At Large; Affiliation: Springs Valley Bank

Mark Wheeler  Type of Director: At Large; Affiliation: Jasper Group

Richard Dixon  Type of Director: Virtue of Position; Affiliation: Appointed by County Commissioners

Kevin Knies  Type of Director: Virtue of Position; Affiliation: Paoli Community School Corporation

Robin Stackhouse  Type of Director: Virtue of Position; Affiliation: Orange County Council

Our Members

Titanium Members

Platinum Members

Gold Members

Silver Members

Infrastructure Systems Incorporated
Indiana Natural Gas Corp.
Cave Quarries
The Superburger
White’s Quality Auto Service

Bronze Members

Orleans Chamber of Commerce
Best Western Plus French Lick


Established relationships mean you’re connected with the right resources, faster
To deliver a comprehensive array of services, Orange County partners with a host of organizations that provide expert technical assistance, financial support, market insights, policy leadership and overall guidance in the pursuit of county economic development. The partnerships include local governments, businesses, schools, and other community organizations committed to helping the business community. Additional partnerships that increase Orange County’s resources and expertise include:

  • Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)
  • Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)
  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
  • USDA Rural Development
  • Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission
  • Radius Indiana-https://radiusindiana.com
  • South West Indiana Development Council -https://swidc.org

Strong network of allies also serving Orange County clients Additional organizations who have provided support to Orange County and our clients include:

  • Duke Energy
  • Hoosier Energy
  • IMPA (Indiana Municipal Power Association)
  • Radius Indiana
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division
  • South Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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