Professional Staff

Ellis

Paul A. Ellis
President
Office: 221 East State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Phone: 217.479.4627
Fax: 217.479.4629

Paul joined the JREDC in August of 2016.  He brings more than 30 years of experience in economic development, and shepherding projects that have resulted in millions of dollars in private investment. He left an eight-year tenure as Director of Community & Economic Development for the City of Columbia (Illinois), where he helped expand the city’s commercial base.  Paul administered a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district recognized for excellence statewide, led a multi-county tourism promotion effort that established a new Illinois scenic & historic route, developed a regional program for entrepreneurs, established award-winning Main St. revitalization and historic preservation efforts, and helped Columbia build a regional presence in support of its economic development.  Paul was recognized in 2013 by the East West Gateway Council of Governments with an Outstanding Local Government Award (OLGA) for accomplishment as a local government official.

Prior to his tenure in Columbia, Paul served for more than two decades with the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber in the State of Washington, where he coordinated a regional public private transportation partnership, organized a technology consortium and an angel investment network, and ran a downtown business improvement district. Paul has also recently served as President of the Rotary Club of Columbia.


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Bonni L. Waters
Vice President
Office: 221 East State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Phone: 217.479.4627
Fax: 217.479.4629
bonni@jredc.org

Bonni has been with the EDC since 1996, now serving as Vice President. Her responsibilities include research, program support, volunteer coordination, bookkeeping and related activities. Bonni collects, analyzes and assembles all data for site and building brochures, community profiles, the industry index, labor surveys, and similar projects. She coordinates and prepares special projects, including segment and prospect-specific research, and creates and maintains mailing lists for marketing and public relations purposes, including target industry projects, and research support activities related to the EDC’s existing industry and attraction programs. Bonni is a 2002 graduate from the Economic Development Institute and regularly attends economic development professional education programs.

Bonni has worked at various agencies for the State of Illinois in Springfield. She was also employed in the marketing department of Irwin Magnetics, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as part of a team that developed collateral marketing materials and provided nationwide sales support. At Bozell Advertising Agency, located in Southfield, Michigan, Bonni was part of a team that assisted in marketing Chrysler-Plymouth Brand products.