The Staff of the Jay County Development Corporation

Travis Richards, Executive Director

Mr. Richards is a native of Jay County, Indiana, having graduated from Tri-State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  His work experience includes design and manufacturing engineering for a number of companies and most recently was plant manager for the Portland Casting Plant of Fort Recovery Industries.  He resides southeast of Portland on the family homestead with his wife, three daughters, one son, and a variety of animals.  He is active within his church and serves as deacon and board president.  His favorite things include being with his family, working in the barn, or building furniture in his wood shop.  He can be reached by email at

Jodi Hayes, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Hayes is a native of Portland, Indiana, having graduated from Jay County High School. She is also a graduate of Indiana Business College with a certificate in bookkeeping and records management. She recently obtained her Associates Degree in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has been associated with the Jay County Development Corporation for 26 years, having faithfully served as Administrative Assistant. She and her husband, Brian, have three children and three grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.  She can be reached by email at

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