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New antidrug abuse group formed and director appointed

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Porter County’s new initiative to address substance abuse now has a name and a leader.

Heather Harrigan has been named executive director of Empower Porter County, a unified organization committed to empowering the community to prevent and overcome substance abuse

Empower Porter County is a single organization, uniting the efforts of many sectors of the community toward a common goal. “We’re pleased to bring together a coalition of 12 organizations--healthcare, government, education, law enforcement, business, faith-based organizations, youth organizations, and more,” said Harrigan. “We’ll be working together to maximize efforts in our county, helping each organization to be even more effective and finding new ways to meet the community’s needs.”

Harrigan brings 25 years of management and public service experience to her new role at Empower Porter County. She most recently served as director of marketing and sales at Prudential Executive Group, one of the region’s most successful real estate organizations.

Harrigan has also successfully led a nonprofit organization, led alumni affairs at Valparaiso University, and served on the boards of directors for several community organizations, including the Porter County Community Foundation, and Pathway Family Center. “I feel a personal interest in the mission of Empower Porter County and look forward to partnering with others to reach our common goal of overcoming substance abuse,” she said.

Empower Porter County is a limited liability organization founded through the Porter County Community Foundation and funded through the generous support of governmental entities, nonprofits and local businesses committed to addressing this important issue.

The new organization will initially be housed at the Porter County Community Foundation, 57 Franklin St. in Valparaiso. To learn more, you may contact the Foundation at (219) 465-0294.


Posted 4/9/2013