Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a press release that Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers is leaving the Indiana Economic Development Corp. after his two-year term is complete.
Holcomb said Chambers will leave his post Aug. 6.
“We agreed to extend his service to ensure a seamless transition related to all various activities currently underway,” Holcomb said.
Holcomb will appoint a new leader after that date.
“In the meantime, I will be focused on all items related to the transition so we can continue and grow the strong momentum Sec. Chambers and his team have helped build to take Indiana to the next level,” Holcomb said.
Chambers was in the private sector for three decades before serving the state.
“I showed up in July of 2021 with a passion for Indiana, a focus on shooting higher and running faster, and an aspirational 5E plan to lift Hoosiers up,” he said. “As my two-year commitment comes to a close, I believe we all can say we are proud of what we’ve accomplished these last 24 months. We have delivered historic results and unprecedented statewide distribution of capital investment, impressive increases in wage growth, an energized entrepreneurial ecosystem, the country’s most exciting new megasite – the LEAP Innovation and Research District – and a top workplace environment.”
Holcomb touted the state's achievements at the end of 2022, saying 218 companies had moved into Indiana and created more than 24,000 jobs, according to a story by the Indiana Capital Chronicle.
“Over that same time, we positioned Indiana as a leader in new industry sectors,” Chambers said. “While there is more work yet to do, I am proud to depart this chapter of public service, leaving behind an overflowing pipeline of future-focused, high-wage industries, and I’m confident that after my Aug. 6 departure, the team at the IEDC can and will continue the progress of the last two years unabated.”
According to a story by Politico, Chambers had been considering a run for governor late last year.