About Us


The NIPSCO Economic Development Team covers 32 counties within our service territory—the northern third of Indiana—where we serve 786,000 natural gas customers and 457,000 electric customers.

We partner with state, regional and local economic development organizations, as well as community leaders and realtors, to offer opportunities for new businesses to locate and existing companies to expand in Northern Indiana.

Meet our team:


Don Babcock
Director, Economic Development

(219) 647-4975

Don is a graduate of Purdue University Calumet in Hammond with a degree in engineering and an MBA from University of Chicago. He has 30 years of experience with Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and is involved with many of the utility’s projects and initiatives, not only across northern Indiana, but elsewhere in Indiana and across the country. Don is one of Indiana’s biggest boosters and has accompanied the governor on overseas trade missions several times.


Diane Thalmann
Manager, Economic Development

(219) 647-5134

Diane has worked in economic development with NIPSCO for 15 years. She has degrees from Valparaiso University, Purdue North Central and the University of Notre Dame. Her background is in marketing and engineering and is responsible for much of the Economic Development team’s marketing and communications efforts. She also works with communities throughout NIPSCO’s territory helping them achieve their goals.



Cindy Admave
Project Analyst, Economic Development

(219) 647-5649 cadmave@nisource.com


Cindy is the newest member of the Economic Development team. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Business Management and Computer Information Systems. Her background is in Information Technology, and she is responsible for working with customers, engineers, and maintaining maps and electronic data.


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