Bert Cook
Executive Director

Bert Cook is the Executive Director of the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation. Having worked in the economic development field for 8 years Mr. Cook is well versed in all aspects of local economic development. His past experience has been with the Portage Economic Development Corporation as their Executive Director and with the La Porte County Economic Development Alliance as Retention and Expansion Coordinator.

Mr. Cook has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Purdue University North Central and has continued his education with development certificates from Ball State University and Purdue University North Central.

Currently, Mr. Cook sits on a number of Boards and Commissions including: The La Porte Urban Enterprise Association, The La Porte Chamber of Commerce, The Regional Development Company, The La Porte County Revolving Loan Fund, and The Northwest Indiana Forum's Economic Development Committee. Mr. Cook is also a member of the Rotary Club of La Porte.

Angela Rose
Downtown Director
for the City of La Porte

Mrs. Rose grew up in La Porte and attended La Porte High School. After graduating in 2009, she attended Ball State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development in 2013. Furthering her education, she obtained a Master's of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State in 2014.

"I am excited to help continue the growth and improvements we have seen in the downtown over the last several years and to be able to serve the community that inspired me to seek an education in urban planning and historic preservation," said Angela Rose. Mrs. Rose, her husband Stephen and son Jude have recently moved back to La Porte after living at Fort Sill, OK.

Sylvia Espinosa
Administrative Assistant

Sylvia Espinosa is the Administrative Assistant for the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation. Ms. Espinosa is the point of contact for all visitors to GLEDC and handles record keeping, scheduling and payroll duties.

Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Ms. Espinosa has been a La Porte resident since 1980. She is a US Postal Contractor and for 13 years she operated Frost Moving & Storage, as director of their owner-operator division.  Ms. Espinosa obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in February 2013.

Our offices are located in the train depot building blocks away from the historic 1894 Courthouse. Drop in, call or email. Let us know how we can help.

Office Address
809 Washington St., Suite A
La Porte, IN 46350
(219) 324-8584