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Local attorney is Valparaiso’s new general counsel and economic development director

Attorney Patrick Lyp is Valparaiso's new  general counsel director economic development. | Provided

Attorney Patrick Lyp is Valparaiso's new general counsel and director of economic development. | Provided

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Updated: January 9, 2014 6:13AM

VALPARAISO — The city’s economic development director job, vacant since July 31, has been filled by a local attorney.

Patrick Lyp, who has been the attorney for the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission since 2003, will leave the law firm of Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman at year’s end to take on the dual roles of general counsel and economic development director.

Matt Murphy left the director’s position to take over CNC precision machine shop.

“This was just a good opportunity and a good fit for me,” Lyp said. “I’ve had a front-row seat in dealing with the city development.”

That comes not only from being involved with such projects as the recently announced Pratt Industries paper recycling plant, but also from the creation of Porter’s Vale shopping center, the arrival of St. Mary’s Medical Center off Indiana 49, and the move of North Coast Distributing to the south side of town, where it became Indiana Beverage.

Lyp said he’s also had a view of the improvements in downtown Valparaiso from his office window.

This summer he approached Mayor Jon Costas and city staff about who they had in mind for the director’s position, and they had talked about it since then.

“He is a very talented lawyer that has done a lot of good for the city,” Costas said. “We’ve been very impressed with how he’s been able to build bridges.”

As general counsel, Lyp will oversee the city’s legal dealings and interactions with law firms.

Costas said Lyp will work not just with businesses locating in Valparaiso but with current businesses because most jobs come from existing business.

Lyp said his new role is “being one of the biggest cheerleaders of the city,” promoting it and telling businesses why they should stay or come here.

“Given where we are right now as a city, that’s easy to do,” he said.

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