The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced that Jonathan Laramy has assumed the role of Great Lakes business expansion specialist. In this new capacity, Laramy will represent the IEDC through fostering relationships with prospective partners, advocating the “Why Indiana” narrative, proactively enhancing brand recognition to attract business interest in Indiana and strategically elevating the state’s profile within the Great Lakes market, which includes Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, to secure high-tech, forward-thinking investments.
“Indiana is firmly committed to ongoing growth, continually seeking avenues to amplify and fortify our state’s reputation,” said Ann Lathrop, IEDC chief strategy officer. “Our targeted focus on the expansive and dynamic Great Lakes region is both deliberate and strategic. Indiana holds a beacon of opportunities, and Jonathan will serve as a guiding force, propelling Indiana’s economy forward.”
Laramy, based in the Chicago market, brings over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing to the IEDC, specializing in recurring revenue models, data-driven sales processes, customer success, brand positioning, vertical marketing, sales training and solution consulting. Currently, he serves as the founder of Stealth Mode Solutions, a consulting firm dedicated to developing and executing sales and marketing programs aimed at increasing client’s revenue and profitability. He represents a variety of individuals and has led and supported business development efforts for a variety of organizations in the technology, transportation and logistics, retail, manufacturing and clean energy industries.
At the IEDC, Laramy joins a robust team of business developers in Indiana and globally, focused on creating the economy of the future in Indiana. Laramy will focus on increasing investment and innovation opportunities with Great Lakes-based companies as well as domestic and international companies active in the Chicago market, advancing Indiana’s future-focused sectors, including tech, life sciences, semiconductor design and fabrication, energy, as well as the sectors’ R&D and supply chains.
In 2022, the IEDC secured $22.2 billion in new industry investments, including $15.5 billion from companies establishing new operations – either as a startup company or as an established business investing in Indiana for the first time. In the past year alone, Great Lakes-based companies have committed to expanding or relocating to Indiana, investing nearly $6.5 billion in the state. This includes announcements from industry innovators like General Motors LLC and Nhanced Semiconductors Inc.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is charged with growing the State economy, driving economic development, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit iedc.in.gov.