Ballard boots top Peterson development leaders

August 29, 2008
Republican Mayor Greg Ballard has replaced the last of the top economic development officials lingering from the Democratic administration of former Mayor Bart Peterson.

This morning Ballard announced new leadership for both Indianapolis Economic Development Inc. and the Indianapolis Private Industry Council.

Scott Miller, the former president of business landscaping firm Mainscape Inc., replaces Jeb Conrad at the helm of IEDI, the organization responsible for business attraction and retention efforts in Marion County. In a news release, IEDI Chairwoman Anne Shane noted that Mainscape has 500 employees and grew annual revenue from $6 million to $43 million during Miller's tenure.

Brooke Huntington, formerly deputy commissioner for Driver and Vehicle Services at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, replaces Joanne Joyce as president of IPIC, the organization that directs federal dollars for local work force education. Before joining BMV, Huntington had stints at Ivy Tech Community College, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and ArvinMeritor Inc.

"Economic development needs to be a cornerstone of our efforts to advance our city forward," Ballard said in a statement. "Moving forward, Indianapolis will be served by a more robust coordination of efforts between IEDI and IPIC, especially in the high-growth, high-demand business sectors."

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