Develop Indy leader named Chamber president

IBJ Staff
October 13, 2011
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Develop Indy President and CEO Scott Miller has been named president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber announced the appointment Thursday afternoon.

“Scott has been involved in many Chamber initiatives, understands the Chamber’s value proposition and has demonstrated himself to be a strong, visionary leader,” Chamber board Chairman John Neighbours said in a prepared statement.

Directors selected Miller from 30 candidates. He succeeds Roland Dorson as president and will begin his new duties by Dec. 1. Dorson resigned in the spring.

“I am humbled and excited about this unique opportunity to serve as an advocate for businesses throughout greater Indianapolis and to lead initiatives that will create a better quality of life for us all,” Miller said in an e-mail to Develop Indy and Indy Partnership donors.

Develop Indy absorbed Indy Partnership, another local economic development organization, in February.

IBJ reported in August that the two groups could combine operations and that Miller was a leading candidate for the president's post.

In his new post, Miller is expected to focus on Chamber goals such as education reform, mass transit, government consolidation and neighborhood revitalization.

Miller also said Develop Indy directors will continue discussions with the Chamber regarding a potential merger of the two organizations.

Miller took the top post at Develop Indy in 2008. Through his tenure, the organization worked on about 200 economic development projects accounting for 47,000 new and retained job commitment, according to the Chamber. Prior to joining Develop Indy, he was president of the business landscaping firm Mainscape, which over nine years grew revenue by 600 percent.



  • Thanks
    Thanks or the information folks.
  • who is scott
    Where did he go to high school?
  • Great choice
    Scott Miller will do a great job as Chamber CEO. (And, yes...the Chamber is a not-for-profit organization. The Chairman is a volunteer position, as is the case in all not-for-profits.)
  • Not unusual
    It's not unusual for a non-profit to have a President and a Chairman. But in this case the president is the paid staff executive and the chairman is a volunteer who chairs the board of volunteers.
  • How many leaders?
    So the Chamber needs a president and a chairman? This is a not-for-profit right? What is Devlop Indy? Sounds like what the Chamber does.

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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

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