(AP) — Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence on Thursday named the son of his
campaign chairman as one of the two businessmen who will lead the state's
efforts to attract new jobs and investments.
appointing Victor Smith as secretary of the state's Department of Commerce
and Eric Doden as the new CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
positions have been held by one person under fellow Republican Gov. Mitch
Daniels, but Pence said, "There is a lot of work to go around."
"For all the
progress we've made, a quarter million Hoosiers are out of work," Pence
said. "We have 8 percent unemployment in this state."
Smith is the
son of Van Smith, the longtime leader of Ontario Corp. in Muncie who was
Pence's campaign chairman and is a member of his transition team. Victor
Smith held several executive positions with a former Ontario subsidiary
and is a former aide to then-Vice President Dan Quayle and GOP Sen. Dan
takes office as governor Monday, said Smith will help Indiana's
job-creation efforts with his familiarity of Asian, Pacific Rim and West
"The reason I
chose Victor Smith is because he's a native Hoosier, he's had national and
international business experience, he had a desire to come home to Indiana
and I just think he is uniquely qualified to tell Indiana's story across
the country and across the world," Pence said.
unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Fort Wayne mayor in
2011, has worked with a private equity firm based in Fort Wayne and
previously was investment director of Ambassador Enterprises.
take over the economic development agency that has faced criticism under
Daniels for touting the attraction of thousands of jobs that never
state senator has filed a bill that would require the agency to prepare an
annual report showing how each company that's received state incentives is
meeting its jobs and investment targets.
Pence said he
expected the agency by this spring would have an online portal with
details on tax breaks and other incentives given to companies and how
those businesses have performed.
That site will
give people "better access and more timely access to information without
compromising our ability to operate in a competitive environment," Pence