March 12, 2010

Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Joining National Economic Development Team

Nick Weber, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development with the City of Indianapolis, is joining B&D Consulting as a vice president in the public sector practice group.

Weber, who plans to work in the firm's downtown Indianapolis office starting later this month, will focus on expanding the firm's services to public and private clients engaged in economic development in Indiana and across the nation. B&D Consulting is the advisory and advocacy division of Baker & Daniels, an international law firm based in Indianapolis.

"We're very excited that Nick is joining our economic development group," said Nate Feltman, a senior advisor with B&D Consulting and a partner at Baker & Daniels who earlier served as Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana. "He brings outstanding expertise and a versatile background that will serve our clients well as they explore and pursue growth opportunities."

Since being appointed by Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard at the start of 2008, Weber has overseen economic development, workforce development, educational and cultural initiatives for the city. He has helped identify and pursue opportunities to better position Indianapolis for future economic growth resulting in more than 20,000 new or retained job commitments and more than $800 million in capital investment, including a Chinese company locating its U.S. headquarters in Indianapolis. Last week, Dow AgroSciences announced that it will invest $340 million to expand its research and development capacity in Indianapolis and add 577 new jobs.

Weber's experience in economic development matters includes high-growth, high-demand industries such as logistics, advanced manufacturing, information technology, energy and life sciences.

Previously, Weber served in several roles on the staff of U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar in his Washington, D.C. and Indiana offices over 6½ years. His positions included Special Assistant, Campaign Manager and Indiana Press Secretary & Deputy Press Secretary. Weber also was vice president of outreach and communications for Conexus Indiana, a nonprofit that promotes the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries in Indiana.

After graduating from Indiana University, Weber worked for the City of Indianapolis administration, first as the Department of Metropolitan Development Public Information Officer and then as press secretary for then-Mayor Steve Goldsmith.

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