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.

Thaddeus Cutler
Downtown Director
for the City of La Porte

Thaddeus Cutler, housed in the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce, is the Downtown Director for the City of La Porte. This position is supported by a collaboration of the Chamber, GLEDC, the City, the Urban Enterprise Zone and the La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Thaddeus graduated from Indiana University South Bend in 1999, and went on to further his education at the New York Academy of Art. In 2004, Thaddeus and his wife Laura opened The Thaddeus C. Gallery in Downtown La Porte.

Thaddeus is responsible and charged with the efforts of promotion and revitalization of Downtown La Porte. He serves as the main contact for the downtown businesses and property owners for needs such as grant acquisition, promotion, event coordination and organization.

To contact Thaddeus, please feel free to email him at

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