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Lauren Orchard serves as Economic Development Coordinator for the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission and Economic Development Department of the City of Valparaiso. Lauren joined the Redevelopment Commission in April of 2016, following graduation from Valparaiso University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and International Relations.
Lauren is involved in the implementation of Redevelopment Commission projects and project manages special Commission initiatives including Valpo Velocity bike share, Calumet Avenue Sign Grants, and Education Challenge Grants. Lauren also prepares Redevelopment Commission meetings and supervises department interns.
Before joining the Redevelopment Commission, Lauren interned for the Valparaiso Planning Department working on the Creative District plan, followed by an internship with the United Nations International Center in Washington D.C.
Lauren is originally from Kirksville, Missouri and moved to Valparaiso in 2008, attending Wheeler High School until 2012. Lauren is an avid traveler, leaving the country twice a year, most recently visiting Iceland’s ring road. Lauren is also a committed volunteer working with Compass International Family Center and Catholic Charities of Chicago Refugee Resettlement Program.