• Job Fair at IPFW on August 2

    Plan to attend or register your organization today for the IPFW Job Fair, hosted by Indiana Third District Congressman Jim Banks! This is a great opportunity for recruiting, networking, and learning more about businesses in our region. Whether you are a job seeker or an employer, plan now to attend.

    When: Wednesday, August 2nd from noon-3PM
    Where: IPFW International Ballroom, Fort Wayne

    View Event Flyer

    Please park in Garage P2

    If you are a job seeker, you can:

    • Meet employers who are hiring NOW
    • Network with business owners and other job seekers
    • Visit dozens of employers on the same day at the same location

    If you are an employer, you can:

    • Showcase your business
    • Network with other business owners
    • Interview numerous prospective employees on the same day at the same location

    Join us for an interview training session sponsored by Work One Northeast and learn how to:

    • Skillfully develop conversations to highlight your experience and qualifications
    • Impress employers by making yourself memorable
    • Follow up with contacts after the job fair and build your professional network

    Please contact Congressman Banks’ office at: 260-702-4750 or derek.pillie@mail.house.gov to reserve a booth.

  • TACOM Bus Trip Cancellation

    NIDIA Members,

    The NIDIA bus trip to TACOM scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2017 is cancelled. We are looking into rescheduling this trip and will advise accordingly. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Joe Peters
    NIDIA Chairman

  • Don’t forget to Register for the June 1 Working Luncheon

    Greater NE Indiana Defense Industry Team Members, on behalf of the Lt Governor’s new Director of the Indiana Office for Defense Development, Danielle Chrysler and the Director of the National Center for Complex Operations, Major General Cliff Tooley (ret), I am welcoming you to a discussion about growing defense across Indiana, specifically for this discussion, NE Indiana. The event will be held at Greater Fort Wayne Inc. on the 1st of June in groups at the following times (please sign up for your applicable group below):

    1000 – 1030: Social time / Coffee and Water
    1030 – 1130: GFW Inc. Welcome / Meeting with GFW Inc. Team
    1130 – 1pm: NIDIA Working Lunch with Board and Association Members
    1pm – 2pm: Meeting with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (NEIRP)/Chamber Team
    2pm – 3pm: Meeting with NE Indiana Local, State and Federal Legislative Teams
    3pm – 4pm: Meeting with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
    4pm – Close: Coordinated Follow On Engagements (from the meetings)

    As part of this meeting series, they’d like to listen to your thoughts and challenges and discuss how to turn excitement about growing defense into opportunity for Indiana. The landscape to grow defense is rapidly changing in Indiana in a positive direction under the leadership of these great professionals and the organizations they lead.

    Don’t miss out on this one — please freely share in your organizations to allow everyone an opportunity to sign up. Meeting room size is limited. Sign up now!

    Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indiana-office-of-defense-development-ncco-engagement-meetings-tickets-34718178005

    David Augustine
    SVP of BD, Stryke Industries

  • PTAC Industry Day Registration

    The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) invites you to learn more about the world of government contracting and Indiana’s resources to support small business growth.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from contracting officers from both government and private industry on how to do business with their organizations.

    Organizations in attendance include: Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, AM General, Allison Transmission, Cummins, Inc., NSWC Crane, Indiana National Guard, Defense Logistics Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Homeland Security.

    Brian Peterson, Vice-President, Supply Management – AM General

    Hear from industry prime contractors as well as government agencies on ways your company can integrate into the supply chain network.

    Meet and network with other Hoosier companies interested in expanding their footprint in the government marketplace.

    Receive expert advice on growing your business from the Indiana PTAC team and resource partners.

    Thursday, June 8
    8:00 AM – 3:30 PM EDT
    Ivy Tech Community College Culinary & Conference Center
    2820 North Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46208
    FREE Parking
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    For more information, please contact:
    Vicki Hollanders

  • 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.

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