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Gov. Pence appoints Democrat to lead economic development efforts

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 29, 2015) – Republican Gov. Mike Pence has announced the appointment of a Democrat to lead the state’s economic development efforts.

Jim Schellinger has been named the new president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Schellinger ran for governor in 2008, but lost in the Democratic primary.

Schellinger has most recently served as the CEO for an Indiana architectural firm, CSO Architects.

“I greatly appreciate this opportunity to positively impact the economic progress in Indiana for years to come,” said Schellinger. “I look forward to working with Governor Pence, Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith and the IEDC team to support the growth of our Hoosier businesses and attract new companies to Indiana as we commit to ensuring quality employment for our residents across the state.”

The former president of the IEDC, Eric Doden, stepped down from the post in May.

Gov. Pence issued the following statement Wednesday:

“Since day one, our administration has prioritized establishing Indiana as the best state in the nation for job creation. To do this, we need a top-notch team at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and Jim Schellinger is the right man at the right time to lead the organization,” said Governor Pence. “Already this year, Hoosier companies have committed to creating more than 15,000 new jobs in the coming years with salaries well above the state’s current average. I am confident that Jim, with his unmatched business leadership experience, will continue to build on this progress and attract both national and international recognition and investment in the Hoosier State.”

“I greatly appreciate this opportunity to positively impact the economic progress in Indiana for years to come,” said Schellinger. “I look forward to working with Governor Pence, Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith and the IEDC team to support the growth of our Hoosier businesses and attract new companies to Indiana as we commit to ensuring quality employment for our residents across the state.”

Chairman John Zody issued the following statement on the appointment of Jim Schellinger to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

“It’s only after he put Indiana and its middle class in jeopardy that Governor Pence has decided to listen to a Democrat on how to better improve the state’s sluggish economy and bruised well-being. While hardworking Hoosiers continue to see an expanding wage gap and falling wages, maybe the IEDC can re-start by cutting down wasteful spending on taxpayer-funded projects and bad PR contracts that only seek to highlight Governor Pence’s fictitious ‘strong’ economy. It’s only when these issues are addressed that we will begin to unite the state and do better to improve the lives of all Hoosier families. Democrats will continue fighting toward that end, and we wish Jim Schellinger well.”