In Indiana, Duke Energy recognizes Shelby, Clark and Floyd county leaders for outstanding economic development work

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Working together works – a principle that Duke Energy has long incorporated into its relations with the communities it serves. That’s why Duke Energy Indiana is pleased to announce the winners of the first-ever “Excellence in Economic Development Partner Achievement Award.”

“This award is not necessarily based on any specific metric,” said Erin Schneider, Duke Energy Indiana director of economic development. “Rather, the award is more about local and regional economic development organizations building successful long-term relationships with us.”

Schneider went on to explain that this year’s award winners have consistently partnered with Duke Energy’s economic development programs, while going above and beyond expectations to help bring new economic growth opportunities to their communities.

The 2016 award winners include:

  • Brian Asher, executive director for the Shelby County Development Corporation. Although Brian has been in his postion for about a year, he and his team have had numerous successes, including an announcement from a German-based agricultural equipment company to relocate its headquarters from Memphis, Tenn., to Shelbyville. They also helped encourage a large Japan-based auto parts manufacturer to add a multi-million dollar expansion to its existing operations in Shelby County.
  • Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO, and Matt Hall, executive vice president, of One Southern Indiana, the lead economic development organization and Chamber of Commerce for Clark and Floyd counties. This organization has consistently demonstrated its commitment and collaboration with their area partners, River Ridge and the Port of Jeffersonville to attract businesses to Southern Indiana.

Since 2008, Duke Energy Indiana has provided direct assistance of over $2.6 million to more than 60 economic development organizations in Indiana. In addition, the company has participated in the creation of nearly 20,000 jobs and total capital investment of $4.5 billion.

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