The IDDC was established with the goal of elevating Indiana’s position as the best place to live and visit.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced who will lead the newly established Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC).
On Thursday, Elaine Bedel was named as secretary and CEO of the IDDC.
Bedel currently serves as president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
“Elaine will excel as Indiana’s first chief destination officer to bring our public and private sectors together to best tell Indiana’s story,” Gov. Holcomb said. “In her new role, Elaine will work collaboratively to develop marketing strategies that will enhance economic development, attract new talent to our workforce and enhance our state’s profile as a great destination for visitors.”
House Enrolled Act 1115, authored by State Rep. Mike Karickhoff and sponsored by State Senator Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg), established the IDDC with the goal of elevating Indiana’s position as the best place to live and visit.
Starting on July 1, 2020, the corporation will operate as a joint public-private agency that will be able to raise its own funds, which is designed to reduce the state’s funding of the agency and increase its ability to be competitive.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma issued the following statement regarding Bedel’s appointment:
“Indiana’s economy is firing on all cylinders and it’s important for our success story to reach beyond our state’s borders. I am confident Elaine Bedel’s extensive experience and passion for elevating Indiana’s welcoming reputation will make an excellent fit at the newly created Indiana Destination Development Corporation. This new agency will spark synergies between the public and private sectors to keep Indiana in the spotlight, and I look forward to seeing the results of their collaboration.”