Regional Advantages

Renowned for its location, business climate and affordable cost of living, Northeast Indiana is consistently ranked best in the Midwest.

Industry Information

With access to 40,000 graduating students annually, join the impressive list of major employers leading Northeast Indiana’s top industries.

Business Leadership

Increasing personal income, growing the population and raising educational attainment. Join us!

About Living Here

Northeast Indiana is family-friendly, affordable and offers diverse opportunities to make it your own in Northeast Indiana.

Jobs & Internships

Join Northeast Indiana, a growing, vibrant community. From your next career to your next promotion, make it your own in Northeast Indiana.

Great Fort Wayne Inc. names new CEO

May 4th, 2015

May 4, 2015

News Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. today announced that Eric Doden, former Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) president, has been selected as GFW Inc.s chief executive officer. Doden will assume the new role on July 1.

The organization’s board of directors made the approval on Monday afternoon. In almost 20 years of business-related experience, Doden has worked with corporations of all sizes. "While at the IEDC, Eric helped lead the state's successful economic development efforts,"
said Ron Turpin, GFW Inc. board chair.

"His passion for Indiana and his proven success in working with and developing small and large businesses perfectly aligns with GFW Inc.'s mission and vision. Under his leadership, we look forward to translating his talents to help us continue to grow a more prosperous, vibrant community in greater Fort Wayne."

As GFW Inc.'s executive leader, Doden will work with a staff of 20 and GFW Inc.'s over 1400 member/investors to retain, expand and attract jobs to the area. "I am thrilled
not only to be home, but to be joining a great team at GFW Inc.," said Doden. "The people
in our community understand that we are a special region, and we have the opportunity to become a nationally-recognized leader in economic development. We will work hard to serve our members/investors and continue the momentum to drive our region forward."

Doden, a Fort Wayne native, earned his bachelor's degree from Hillsdale College and law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.

In 2013, Gov. Mike Pence appointed Doden to head the IEDC. Most notably, during his tenure
at the IEDC, Doden has been instrumental in the creation and passage of the Regional Cities
Initiative.

The strategic initiative is designed to transform Indiana's approach to economic development by creating dynamic regions that attract and retain talent. In addition to his duties at the IEDC, Doden has worked as principal for Domo Ventures LLC, a boutique private equity firm located in Fort Wayne, Ind. He previously served as director of investments for Ambassador Enterprises, where he developed and executed strategic investment plans.

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.GreaterFortWayneInc.com.

Source: Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

'
Categories Other Business News