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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Some big news this month, with three announcements of high-level positions within the IEDC as well as La Porte’s mayor joining the governor’s cabinet.

Within the IEDC, Jim Staton has been promoted from business director of Indiana’s central region to vice president of business development. In this new role, Staton will be responsible for overseeing and managing the agency’s domestic and international business development and project management activities. Staton has been with the IEDC since 2005, when he served as the director of Indiana’s northwest region.

Dave Roberts has been named vice president and chief innovation officer for the IEDC, overseeing innovation and entrepreneurship efforts. Previously, Roberts was president of the Battery Innovation Center.

Rollie Helmling has been named senior vice president of business development for the IEDC, and will be responsible for overseeing all of the IEDC’s business development and marketing. Helmling has been with the IEDC since 2008.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation


In La Porte the city’s mayor, Blair Milo, has been tapped by the governor and is serving in a newly-created cabinet-level position: secretary of career connections and talent. Milo has stepped down from her mayoral position to take on this new role. The governor reports this new position will work with businesses, trade associations, colleges and universities and public officials to identify employment needs and help workers take advantage of training opportunities to fill the estimated one million job openings Indiana is expected to see over the next decade.