COLUMBUS, INDIANA (Mar. 28, 2014) – Mitch Daniels to Keynote Columbus EDB Annual Meeting

Purdue University president and former Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Columbus Economic Development Board.  The event will be held on Monday, May 5, at the Commons in downtown Columbus.  Attendees of the luncheon event will also hear a report on the recent activities and accomplishments of the Economic Development Board, with remarks delivered by executive director Jason Hester, 2013 Chair Al Roszczyk, and 2014 Chair Kurt Ellis.

“Columbus is blessed with quality educational resources, and the important tie between education and economic development is a topic that we’ve often chosen to feature during our annual meeting,” said Hester.  “We are very honored to have President Daniels serve as this year’s keynote speaker, and we look forward to hearing his thoughts about the direction of Purdue and the opportunities that exist for Columbus.”

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. is the 12th president of Purdue University, a post he assumed in January 2013, at the conclusion of his term as Governor of Indiana.  Daniels was elected Indiana’s 49th governor in 2004, in his first bid for any elected office. He was re-elected in 2008, receiving more votes than any candidate for any public office in the state’s history. As governor, Daniels spearheaded a host of reforms aimed at improving the performance of state government and strengthening the Indiana economy, including the successful creation of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Daniels came from a successful career in business and government, holding numerous top management positions in both the private and public sectors. He served as CEO of the Hudson Institute and President of Eli Lilly and Company’s North American Pharmaceutical Operations. He also served as a senior advisor to President Ronald Reagan and as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.

At Purdue, President Daniels has made student affordability and student success top priorities, and he has pledged to keep a Purdue education within reach for students and families.  Purdue tuition was held constant this school year, and Daniels has announced that the freeze will continue for at least two more years.

Another top priority is accelerating growth in areas that are viewed as being key to the national economy and support Purdue’s strengths in engineering, technology and computer science.  Locally, the Purdue University College of Technology at Columbus is part of a statewide network that offers the same technology degrees that are available in West Lafayette.  It is located in the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCE) on the joint campus of IUPUC, Purdue College of Technology, and Ivy Tech Community College.

The May 5th 11:30 a.m. luncheon is open to the public, but advance registration is required as space is limited.  Individual tickets are $45, with reserved corporate tables of 8 available for $360, and registration can be done online at or by calling 812-378-7300 by April 25th.


About the Columbus Economic Development Board

The Columbus Economic Development Board (EDB) is the local economic development office serving Columbus and all of Bartholomew County, Indiana.  The organization’s strategic goal is to grow & attract well-paying, high value-added, community-minded base/primary businesses by influencing and leveraging the area’s distinct capabilities in advanced manufacturing, design, and Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) education resources.  The EDB’s approach is three-fold: (1) Work with existing primary employers to help them grow in Columbus and Bartholomew County, (2) Attract and recruit new companies to locate here, and (3) Work with fellow community leaders to build upon and continuously improve the area’s desirability to businesses and residents. 

 Since the EDB’s founding in 1976, recruited companies today employ more than 5,200 persons and those jobs locally generate an estimated $245 million in annual household spending.  More than 400 local expansions have also been supported, with $2.8 billion in recorded direct investment.  For more information on the Columbus EDB and the services it offers, please visit