About WCDC

Our History

History of WCDC

The Warsaw Community Development Corporation began as a downtown association in 1976. It was a group of business people concerned about the problems that were manifesting themselves in the Central Business District. This association began working to find solutions to problems of vacant buildings, deteriorating store fronts, parking and traffic flow — all common to small cities and towns at the time.

As a way to formally approach the problem, the Warsaw Community Development Corporation (WCDC) was formed in 1980. This not-for-profit, 501 (C)3, corporation has continued to serve as a force to revitalize downtown Warsaw.

“To further encourage the economic development of Warsaw’s Central Business District through investments in people, buildings, businesses, and land.”

—Our Mission


The City of Warsaw is easily accessible by two major highways, US 30 and State Route 15. State Route 15 runs through the Central Business District making a visit to downtown convenient.

Located in downtown Warsaw are recreation areas provided by the City of Warsaw Parks Department. Center Lake, Center Lake Park and Central Park, all located on the north edge of downtown, provides fishing, swimming, picnic tables, a children’s play area, and multiple gardens, fountains and walking paths to enjoy in the summer months; ice fishing and ice skating in the winter.

Other attractions around the Center Lake Park area are the Warsaw Biblical Gardens and a three-court tennis court.

Boards & Committees of the WCDC

The Board of Directors works with each committee to set and prioritize the goals and objectives of the corporation and communicate those goals and objectives to the community. Together they serve as the eyes and ears of the corporation while establishing policies, approving, reviewing and monitoring committee work plans and progress, and providing funds for the organization through community fund-raising efforts.

2021 WCDC Board of Directors

Cindy Dobbins

City of Warsaw / Buffalo Street Emporium

Juli Eckel

First Federal Savings Bank

Cary Groninger

G&G Hauling & Excavating

Ryan Hoffman - Treasurer

Lake City Bank

Brent Martin - Vice President

SRKM Architecture

Jan Orban

Brian Peterson Real Estate

Mayor Joe Thallemer

City of Warsaw

Joni Truex

County Council at Large

John Warren - President

Crossroads Bank

WCDC Staff