EFFINGHAM — Jason T. Anderson, economic development director for the city of Rochelle, has been appointed to Midland States Bank's board of directors.
"Jason's experience in the Rock River Valley is important to our board, especially given our growing presence in the area. He has shown commitment time and time again to his region," said Jeffrey C. Smith, chairman of Midland States Bank board of directors.
"When paired with his overall expertise in community based economic development, Jason is clearly a strong addition to our board," Smith said.
Anderson brings more than 35 years of experience in operations management, economic development and governmental affairs to the board.
During his 14 years with the city of Rochelle, Anderson has been directly involved with attracting 12 new industries, three data centers, and 17 plant expansions. He also served as the CEO of the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corp.
"Jason has gained a reputation as a champion for industrial development in rural America. He was born in Sterling, Illinois, and over the past 35 years has been business leader in the communities of Dixon, Rochelle and Ashton, all communities in northern Illinois.He consistently has demonstrated a strong commitment to the development of the region," said Leon J. Holschbach, Midland States Bancorp Inc. chief executive officer and Midland States Bank vice chairman.
"His experience as an economic development professional will be an asset to the board. This, along with his understanding of the northern Illinois market and successor to Tom Shaw, CEO of Shaw Newspapers, is noteworthy."