The chief executive officer of Muncie-based Energize-ECI Inc. plans to leave the regional development organization early next year. E. Roy Budd helped found the partnership in 2005 and plans to stay on until March to groom his successor. He is married to Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora, who has announced her retirement from the school.

October 28, 2013

News Release

MUNCIE, Ind. – E. Roy Budd, President and CEO of Energize-ECI, Inc., announced that he will be leaving the regional economic development partnership which he co-founded with John Fisher, Bill Skinner, Doug Bakken and others in 2005. As one of the first regional economic development collaborations in the Midwest, Energize-ECI, Inc. has served as the prototype for the creation of many similar partnerships throughout the U.S. Mr. Budd will remain with Energize-ECI, Inc. until March 1, 2014, helping assist the new President/CEO who will begin duties in January.

A national search is now underway under the direction of the Energize-ECI, Inc. Board of Directors. Beginning March 1st, Mr. Budd will serve full-time as the President/CEO of the East Central Indiana Regional Planning District, a four-county planning organization which Budd co-founded as a subsidiary of Energize-ECI, Inc., but was spun off as an independent, government-funded not-for-profit in 2010. East Central Indiana Regional Planning District maintains offices at Muncie’s Innovation Connector.

Mr.Budd stated, “Having helped found Energize-ECI, Inc., I look forward to assisting the new President/CEO, and the Board of Directors advance the organization to new levels of success during this transition. We've been able to sharpen the global focus on the many advantages of East Central Indiana during the past 10 years. I look forward to building the East Central Indiana Regional Planning District, as we increase its impact on brownfield redevelopment and related activities.”

About Energize-ECI, Inc.

Energize-ECI, Inc. is a public/private partnership providing pro-active services and programs to encourage new business investment and job creation in East Central Indiana.

Energize-ECI, Inc. acts as the initial point of contact for promoting the many advantages of operating a business in the region, collects and cultivates leads and assists individuals, site consultants and companies researching the area. Energize-ECI, Inc. answers inquiries regarding sites, buildings and regional information, directing leads to the appropriate local economic development groups within the region. Energize-ECI, Inc. leverages the resources of the member counties to regionally, nationally and globally market the many assets of East Central Indiana to business decision-makers with plans for expansion and new job creation.

Energize-ECI, Inc. provides support to: Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph and Rush counties. Energize-ECI, Inc. launched a subsidiary in 2011 – Energize-ECI EB-5 Visa Regional Center, LLC – which operates a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. EB-5 Visa Regional Center to bring foreign investment and new jobs to businesses in the nine-county area.

Details about Energize-ECI, Inc. and information about East Central Indiana may be viewed at the comprehensive Energize-ECI, Inc. website

The Energize-ECI EB-5 Visa Regional Center, LLC website is The organization may be contacted at P.O. Box 1912, Muncie, IN 47308-1912; by phone at (765) 254.1420; fax (765) 254.1450 and by email

Source: Energize-ECI, Inc.

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