• NIDIA elects board leadership to implement roadmap for growth

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    July 19, 2017 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA) today announced the election Alan Tio to serve as chairman of the organization, which works to grow the defense sector throughout a 20-county region. Tio has served in local, regional, and state level economic development roles in Northeast Indiana and recently joined Michael Kinder & Sons, Inc. as Economic Developer.

    “Alan is the right person at the right time for the Chairman of the Board position. NIDIA is ready to try new and innovative ideas to support our membership and more important, grow our defense sector” said past chairman David L. Augustine, COL (RET), “NIDIA is committed to making sure Northeast Indiana is at the forefront of our statewide effort to establish Indiana as ‘the State that works in Defense!'”

    In addition, the NIDIA board of directors elected Rick Howard, Program Manager at Raytheon as the new Vice Chairman and Bill Busch, Business Consultant at Xcel HR as the new Secretary.  Scott Maddox, Director of Engineering at Riverside Manufacturing, will continue in his position as Treasurer.

    “In recent years, NIDIA’s volunteer board has developed a roadmap called “Why Northeast Indiana for Defense,” said Tio, “Now we must work with our 50+ members to implement the plan in order to grow the defense sector and maximize opportunities to provide the warfighter with the best tools possible.”


    Name, Industry Role
    Alan Tio, MKS *Chairman
    Rick Howard, Raytheon *Vice Chairman
    Scott Maddox, Riverside Mfg. *Treasurer
    Bill Busch, XcelHR *Secretary
    David Augustine, Stryke Industries *Past Chairman
    Bill Andrews *Executive Board Member, Independent
    Eric Webster, Harris Corporation *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Scott Swymeler, BAE *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Chris Straw, Team Quality Services *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Joe Predina, Logistikos *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Gil Perry, Indiana PTAC *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Pat McCammon, SkySight Technologies *Executive Board Member, Small Business

    About the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

    The NIDIA (Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association) was formed with the idea to help fuel industry development in our area. Starting in 2010 we worked with community educators to help develop and improve the local defense community’s ability to attract and retain the required talent to effectively execute business and improve interaction between the defense industry and suppliers in the region. In 2015, the board voted unanimously to extend our reach to a 20 county region. For more information about NIDIA, please visit www.nidiaonline.org.

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  • Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch Appoints Danielle Chrysler as Director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development


    Suzanne Crouch
    For Immediate Release

    May 2, 2017

    Lt. Governor Crouch Appoints Danielle Chrysler as Director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development
    Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced today that she has appointed Danielle Chrysler, an experienced Hoosier military professional and public servant, as Director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development (IODD). She has served the State of Indiana in several roles prior to this appointment.

    Chrysler served the Daniels/Skillman administration as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff for former Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. In addition, she served as Legislative Director, Scheduling and Operations Officer to Governor Mitch Daniels as well as Chief of Staff to former First Lady Cheri Daniels. Chrysler’s first role in the Statehouse was as Senior Legislative Assistant and Policy Analyst for the House of Representatives.

    “Danielle brings a full arsenal of military, legislative, and government experience that will advance Indiana’s growing defense development opportunities.” said the Lt. Governor.

    Her most valuable contribution, according to Lt. Governor Crouch, however, is her service in the Indiana National Guard 215th Area Support Medical Company. “Her heart for service, coupled with her motivation to excel and her intense Hoosier pride are characteristics that I admire and am proud to bring to leadership on both the state and national stage.”

    As Director of IODD, Chrysler will lead initiatives to grow Indiana’s business opportunities in the defense industry working in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

    “Indiana is a national leader in developing and building new technologies that are used around the world to keep our country safe,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Just last year, Indiana companies were awarded $3 billion in contracts from the Department of Defense. With Danielle’s help, we look forward to working with enterprising Indiana companies to grow that figure even higher and help our defense industry create more high-wage Hoosier jobs across the state.”

    Chrysler previously led the Indianapolis based National Center for Complex Operations as COO and President, an organization she previously served as a Board appointee under two administrations.

    “Danielle has the background to make a tremendous contribution to the state, and I welcome her back,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said.

    A lifelong Hoosier and native of Whiteland, IN, Chrysler is honored to be a current member of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service as well as the Military Officers Association of America, National Guard Association of the United States, and the Indiana National Guard Association.

    “It is a distinct honor and privilege to have been given this opportunity to continue in service to the people of Indiana and our great nation,” said Chrysler. “I firmly support the Governor and Lt. Governor’s vision of repositioning Indiana as a thought and action leader in our nation’s defense. I look forward to assisting our great state’s leadership in seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.”

    She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Butler University and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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    Marie Davis
    Communications Strategy Director
    Office of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch
    c: (317) 501-7497

  • NIDIA Announces Chairman Transition and 2017 Board of Directors

    The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association, NIDIA, is excited to announce the transition of its Chairman, David Augustine, the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Stryke Industries to its newly elected Chairman, Joe Peters, the President of Ultra Electronics USSI in Columbia City. Augustine stated “I’ve truly enjoyed the past two years as the Chairman of NIDIA. With the great support of our membership, board, universities and local sponsors, NIDIA has had the time to re-establish its game and create a plan to start growing defense related business once again. It’s been an honor to serve this great organization – I’m excited for Joe as our new leader!”.

    As we continue to maneuver NIDIA into the future Joe Peters, the new Chairman stated “over the past few years, we’ve automated the NIDIA processes and created a path for growth called the ‘Why Northeast Indiana for Defense Plan’. Our job now is to execute the plan and grow defense jobs as part of our regional development. NIDIA takes great pride in giving the warfighter only the best tools possible by a highly competent and committed workforce of defense professionals.” The region continues to improve its communities and capacity to improve Indiana’s defense ranking in not only the ‘State that works but the State that works in Defense!’

    The NIDIA Board of Directors for 2017

    Name, Industry Role
    Joe Peters, USSI *Chairman
    Open *Vice Chairman
    David Augustine, Stryke Industries *Past Chairman
    Scott Maddox, Riverside Mfg. *Treasurer
    Susan Divers, Ivy Tech *Secretary
    Bill Andrews *Executive Board Member, Independent
    Rick Howard, Raytheon *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Eric Webster, Harris Corporation *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Scott Swymeler, BAE *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Chris Straw, Team Quality Services *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Joe Predina, Logistikos *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Bill Busch, XcelHR *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Gil Perry, Indiana PTAC *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Pat McCammon, SkySight Technologies *Executive Board Member, Small Business
  • Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Launches New Website for Business and Talent Attraction


    Oct. 5, 2016

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership announced today the launch of a new website developed to attract business and talent to the 11-county region.

    The website puts regional economic data at the forefront with infographics, maps, charts and metrics to fulfill the organization’s mission to build, market and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment. That data can then be customized and exported with the report builder feature, a personalized reporting tool that allows users to save, share and print information about the region.

    Users can learn about the strong economy and creative quality-of-life assets in Northeast Indiana’s 11 counties with an interactive map. People can also discover how affordable the region is by comparing the cost of living between Northeast Indiana communities and other communities in the country. Site selection consultants and corporate real estate professionals can easily find available buildings and certified shovel-ready sites.

    “Our goal was to build a website that showcases the pride we have in our region and the vibrant progress we are making,” said Courtney Tritch, vice president of marketing at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “We wanted to tell a unified story about all of the great initiatives that are shaping Northeast Indiana’s future and enabling us to attract the businesses and talent that will make us a top global competitor.”

    For talent attraction efforts, the website includes a brand new quality of life section illustrating what it’s like to live in Northeast Indiana. From arts and culture to dining and nightlife, users can watch videos, read vignettes and view imagery that show why living in Northeast Indiana is warm and welcoming.

    Britton Marketing + Design Group, located in Fort Wayne, developed the content strategy and provided design direction with the use of narrative imagery and engaging, vibrant colors.

    “Most of our clients sell lifestyle consumer goods. Because of this, we build brands in many ways, but emotive content is always central to our work. So when the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership approached us, we were reluctant. Most economic-development efforts tend to be a bit more academic than the work we do. But the Partnership said they wanted emotion. They wanted to step outside the norm. In the time that we have worked with the Partnership, we have found them to be smart, persistent, and ambitious. We should all be proud to have a team like this working on our behalf. This website is another step forward to a better Northeast Indiana,” said Jeff Britton, co-owner of Britton Marketing + Design Group.

    Regional businesses, educators, non-profits and other organizations can also utilize the Our Story Project marketing materials or find recruitment resources to attract top talent on our way to becoming a region of one million people.

    The website caters to each user with responsive design for any device including desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile users. It also has accessibility features with a high contrast mode and text sizing options to make the website easier to read for users with disabilities.

    Reusser Design, located in Roanoke, designed the user experience (UX) and developed the website with a focus on interactivity and responsive design.

    “Everyone on the Reusser Design team is proud to be a small part in moving the region forward by developing the new Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership website. The content on the website is not only more accessible from any device, but also more engaging with charts, infographics, and great photography. We hope now that visitors from inside and outside of the region can better visualize the opportunity that is available to them here in Northeast Indiana,” said Nate Reusser, president of Reusser Design.

    To learn more about the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, visit the new website at www.neindiana.com.

    About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

    The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership with the mission to build, market and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The Partnership supports 11 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit www.neindiana.com.


    Courtney Tritch
    Vice President of Marketing
    Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

  • Donnelly to Host U.S. Defense Secretary Carter for Historic Visit to NSA Crane

    Friday, June 17th, 2016

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    NSWC Crane: Brett Day, brett.day@navy.mil, 812-854-1003

    Indianapolis, Ind. — Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced that he will host U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Carter’s visit will come following invitations from Donnelly to visit Indiana’s largest military facility. Carter will be the first Secretary of Defense to visit, and this year marks Crane’s 75th anniversary.

    Donnelly, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee said, “I am honored to host Secretary Carter in Indiana. With Crane’s impressive growth in the past two years, I wanted Secretary Carter to see the base firsthand and meet these extraordinary Hoosiers who play a critical role in protecting our national security.”

    NSA Crane is the third-largest U.S. Navy installation in the world and is home to numerous research laboratories, testing facilities, and cutting-edge technology development centers.

    Captain JT Elder, Commanding Officer of NSWC Crane said, “As we continue to celebrate Crane’s 75th anniversary this year, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane (NSWC Crane) is proud to have the opportunity to host Secretary Carter for this historic visit. We are truly grateful to Senator Donnelly for his tireless effort in supporting Crane and our Nation’s warfighters and look forward to showing the Secretary of Defense our technical depth and expertise.”