The decision to move on from working in the area he grew up in was a tough one for Bryan Brackemyre, but after spending a lot of time pondering it, he decided to leave the Boone County Economic Development Corporation.
Named executive director of the EDC in April 2013, he's been with the organization five years. The Zionsville native's last day with the Boone EDC will be Thursday, July 3. He will start as a manager in the state and local tax practice at the Indianapolis-based Ernst and Young later in the month.
"It's been unbelievable to have an influence in where I've spent my entire life," he said. "In my position, you get very emotionally invested because you work and develop so many strong relationships. It really is bittersweet. When I say I'm passionate about this area, I am."
Craig Anderson, Boone EDC board of directors vice president, said it is tough to lose Brackemyre.
"He came a long way from a young kid just out of college," Anderson said. "He provided stability for the EDC. He was great working with the local authorities and each of the towns to make sure their concerns were met. He worked on some pretty big deals, and he did a great job for us. It's a huge loss, but we'll find someone to come in and stabilize and make the organization better."
Leaving the Boone EDC wasn't something that crossed Brackemyre's mind until Ernst and Young made a pitch to him.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.