Partnering for Progress names Tamala Marley Career Pathway Coordinator


GREENVILLE — During Darke County Economic Development’s Partnering for Progress Fall Mixer, held at the Bistro on Broadway Wednesday evening in Greenville, Director Mike Bowers announced the hiring of a new Career Pathway Coordinator.

Tamala Marley will fill the position left open by former Coordinator Lisa Wendel, who left in August.

Marley, formerly an employment advisor with the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities, will officially begin her duties November 13. Marley is a longtime Arcanum resident, residing there with her husband, Jeff.

“Tamala brings a background in education, and a background with some of you as businesses already that have met her and worked with her in the past, so we’re very excited about having Tamala come on board,” said Bowers, introducing her to Partnering for Progress’s business, civic and education leaders.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity and very grateful for the confidence in me being selected for this position,” said Marley. “I’m very much looking forward to working with Mike and Melanie [Nealeigh] and with the board and moving forward with workforce. We have some wonderful opportunities here in Darke County for our emerging workforce and I look forward to continuing to build those relationships.”

“Tamala is going to be a very valuable asset,” added Bowers. “The position she had with Darke DD, she already had some relationships built with businesses. We’re going to be a direct beneficiary of that moving forward.”

“I’m very passionate about the wide opportunities that are available here in Darke County for our emerging workforce, and helping them understand what all they can do and still remain here in the county,” said Marley.

Bowers told those gathered the emerging workforce will continue to be the focus of the Partnering for Progress organization.

“We’ve had great successes with our companies over the last seven-plus years,” he said, “But the main thing we will be working on for each of our investors and each of the companies here in Darke County is our workforce, because workforce has become our number-one priority in the county. We have more than 300 jobs available and we need people to fill those positions.”

In addition to Darke County sophomores, juniors and seniors, Bowers said they hope to get greater involvement from freshmen as well as seventh and eighth grade students in learning about manufacturing job opportunities in the county.

For more information on Darke County Economic Development and Partnering for Progress, go online to or call 937-548-3250.

Darke County Economic Development Director Mike Bowers (left) introduces the organization’s new Career Pathway Coordinator, Tamala Marley. County Economic Development Director Mike Bowers (left) introduces the organization’s new Career Pathway Coordinator, Tamala Marley. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

By Erik Martin

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