Scott Miller, 45, will leave the Indy Chamber after a short tenure that included leading the body through mergers with several like-minded groups. He tells IBJ he felt that he had already accomplished his major goals and wanted to shift to the private sector.
Develop Indy, the economic development arm of Indianapolis, is working on a merger with the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce that has suburban economic development professionals concerned central Indiana will lose an independent voice in marketing the region to new business.
Chamber Chairman John Neighbours said he "wouldn't rule out" combining the economic development groups.
A merger among local economic development organizations could further diminish the role Indy Partnership plays in recruiting jobs to the city and region.
Local economic development groups Indy Partnership and Develop Indy plan to combine operations to save money and more effectively pitch the city and region to potential job creators.
Jam-packed with expensive equipment, data centers represent huge capital investments in a relatively small footprint. That
can mean steep property tax bills, though Indiana allows communities to exempt a portion of that tax. Jobs-hungry Indiana
is eager to attract more of these climate-controlled computing fortresses.
The organization last year closed 11 business expansion or attraction deals, netting 2,950 new jobs in the process.
Indy Partnership has been chosen to receive three Excellence in Economic Development Awards today at the International Economic Development
Council’s annual conference in Reno, Nev.