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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Eric Doden is returning to Fort Wayne to take over as CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. (GFW Inc.), the area’s leading economic development organization. With nearly 20 years of business-related experience, Doden joins GFW Inc. following his role as president of the state-wide Indiana Economic Development Corporation, where he was central to the creation and passage of the Regional Cities Initiative. “His passion for Indiana and his proven success in working with and developing small and large businesses perfectly aligns with GFW Inc.’s mission and vision,” said Ron Turpin, GFW Inc.’s board chair. Doden replaces Mark Becker, who left in December to pursue another opportunity.

Speaking of which, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has appointed Mark Becker to serve on the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission. “Mark brings a lot of knowledge and experience that will serve the Redevelopment Commission well as we continue to see growth and future opportunities in the City of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry. Becker replaces the retiring member Steve McElhoe. Until last December, Becker was the head of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. before leaving to serve as a consultant for Parkview Health.

The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation has named Jonathan J. (Jon) Myers as its new president. He succeeds Alan Tio in the role. “We believe Jon brings the right combination of experience, knowhow and passion to continue our economic development efforts,” said board chairman Robin Wright. Formerly Jon was the Senior Counsel at Lincoln Financial Group in Fort Wayne. He has also served as the Northeast region director for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Myers says he’s excited to work with Whitley’s impressive team and their innovative initiatives.

“Today marks a fresh start for the State Board of Education,” said Governor Pence. “Ensuring a quality education for every Hoosier student remains of the utmost importance to our administration, and I commend the tireless efforts of the men and women who have devoted their time and expertise by serving on the Board. Hoosiers can be assured that the individuals appointed today to the State Board of Education bring to the table a wealth of unique educational experiences and remain wholeheartedly committed to serving our kids, our families, our teachers, and our schools.” Representing the First Congressional District,Eddie Melton has been appointed to serve on the SBOE through June 30, 2016. Melton, of Merrillville, works as Manager of Federal Governmental Relations and Community Relations at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). Melton currently serves on the Commission on the Social Status of Black Males after being appointed by Governor Pence. He also currently serves as Midwest Regional Director on the American Association of Blacks in Energy. He received the “20 Under 40” Young Professionals Award from The NWI Times Media Company in 2011, and received his bachelor’s degree from Calumet College of St. Joseph. Another great recognition of Eddie's contribution to education. Congratulations Eddie.

Eric Doden, President and CEO
Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Jon Myers, President
Whitley County Economic Development Corporation

Eddie Melton, NIPSCO, Federal Government & Community Relations