Even though the Hoosier state continues the economic battle associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, state leaders have assembled a team to oversee Indiana’s post-pandemic response to get businesses churning again.
Governor Eric Holcomb says Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and Indiana Office of Management and Budget Director Cris Johnston will lead the economic and recovery team.
Schellinger announced five people who will sit on the advisory team, including former state lawmakers and past members of the Office of Management and Budget. Part of their responsibility is to oversee the federal funds from a variety of relief programs.
“We will plan, administer, and account for these Indiana relief funds, and we’ll do so diligently,” said Schellinger. “We’re going to be working on these relief funds for the state’s and local government costs of operation.”
The team includes:
- Former Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman
- Former State Senator Luke Kenley
- Al Hubbard, former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Economic Policy and former chair of the Indiana GOP
- Ryan Kitchell, former director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget
- IEDC board member Kristin Marcucilli, IEDC board member and executive vice president for Fort Wayne-based STAR Financial Group
“While the state is still battling this public health crisis, I applaud Governor Holcomb’s efforts to bring together this group of leaders to get Indiana’s economy moving again while ensuring the incoming federal stimulus dollars are used to help and support Hoosiers as we work to open up the economy soon,” said House Speaker Todd Huston.
Holcomb said this week the state’s more than $2 billion in surplus money will help Indiana’s recovery. Indiana’s budget year ends June 30.
“Indiana’s surplus was designed to help our state weather a storm like the one we are now facing, and while it’s reassuring to know it puts us in a better financial position than many other states, we need to get our economy back on its feet,” said Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray.