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Doden to lead Indiana Economic Development Corp.

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov.-elect Mike Pence on Thursday tapped Fort Wayne businessman Eric Doden to lead the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

He is one-half of the new jobs team alongside Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith.

The IEDC provides incentive packages to businesses that will create jobs in Indiana. It has recently come under fire for not being more transparent on the actual number of jobs created vs. promised.

Doden, 42, most recently worked as a principal for Domo Ventures LLC, a boutique private equity firm in Fort Wayne. Prior to this role, he served as director of investments for Ambassador Enterprises, where he developed and executed strategic investment plans. He has more than 15 years of management and economic development experience.

In 2011, Doden unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for Fort Wayne mayor.

“I got a phone call from the governor-elect and he asked to meet with me. I was impressed with his vision,” Doden said. “It’s a real privilege and honor to be promoting Indiana for jobs.”