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INDOT commissioner to step down for Duke Energy post

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Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Reed is resigning his post to become president of Duke Energy Corp.'s Indiana operations.

Gov. Mitch Daniels named Michael B. Cline, INDOT’s deputy commissioner of operations, to replace Reed, the state announced Wednesday afternoon. The transition will take place June 13.

Reed has been INDOT commissioner since February 2009. He previously served as executive director of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from 2006 to 2009. Before that, he led state and regional operations for GTE/Verizon for more than 20 years.

Reed will be based at Duke Energy's Plainfield offices. He replaces Jim Stanley, who is relocating to Duke's Charlotte, N.C., headquarters to become senior vice president of power delivery.

Cline joined INDOT in 2007 and has 21 years of management and engineering experience in the surface-transportation industry. As commissioner of operations, he is responsible for 3,200 employees, and manages a $290 million annual operating budget and $500 million annual capital budget.

Cline was an engineering consultant from 1999 to 2006, worked for the city of Indianapolis for nine years, including service as the city’s traffic administrator from 1997 to 1999, and was the assistant city engineer in Terre Haute for two years.

He received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.
 

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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

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