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Civil Engineering Alumnus Chris King Gives Back to Help Hometown Area Prosper

April 11, 2014

King Profile

Community Leader: Civil engineering alumnus Chris King helped develop a partnership between Rose-Hulman, the City of Shelbyville, and Shelby County that’s been beneficial to each entity. (Photo by Chris Minnick)

     Chris King is committed to having an impact in his hometown area, which afforded him a Lilly Endowment Scholarship to earn a civil engineering degree in 2002.

     That’s why he had a leadership role in developing a partnership between Rose-Hulman, the City of Shelbyville, and Shelby County, Indiana—the Innovative Model: Positioning Communities for Transformation (IMPaCT). Now in its second year, the relationship is providing technical expertise to local businesses, nurturing entrepreneurial startup activities, and encouraging local school students to become future community STEM leaders.

     “I believe you need to make the community in which you live a better place,” King says. “If you give back, it ultimately is better for your community, employees, and companies.”

     King is executive vice president and a co-owner of Runnebohm Construction Company Inc. in Shelbyville. He also serves as president of Mainstreet Shelbyville, is president-elect of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Shelby County Development Board.

     “I always intended to return and make a difference in my hometown,” King says. He had valuable internship opportunities each summer near Shelbyville, and worked on community design projects in classroom assignments at Rose-Hulman.