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Skillman to lead southern Indiana development group

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is returning to her southern roots when she moves to an economic development cooperative when her term is done in January.

Radius Indiana announced Tuesday she will become the company’s new president and CEO, starting Feb. 1. It is an eight-county initiative in the south central region of the state. The group represents Lawrence, Martin, Orange, Washington, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois and Greene counties.

Radius Indiana formed in 2009 to generate high-quality employment opportunities, diversify the region’s economic base and to raise the standard of living for residents of the region.

“There has never been a more exciting time to build a globally competitive economy in the region,” Skillman said. “The I-69 expansion brings great potential for growth, as do the diverse assets in the eight counties.

“I also look forward to working in tandem with the local elected officials, economic development professionals and business leaders to develop a truly team-based cooperative effort and continue to move the region forward."

Skillman follows previous President and CEO R. J. Reynolds, who died unexpectedly last month.

As lieutenant governor, Skillman has managed five state agencies, administering more than $1 billion in programs. She also has led six international trade missions to nine countries, seeking opportunities for Hoosier businesses.

Skillman will remain as co-chair of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and will return to work in her lifelong home in Lawrence County. She previously served 12 years in the Indiana Senate and spent 16 years as an elected official in Lawrence County.

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