The Indy Partnership, the business attraction and marketing initiative for the nine-county Indianapolis metro, has named Jacob Everett senior director of economic development. He previously served as executive director of the Blackford County Economic Development Corp. Everett also previously served on the East Central Indiana Regional Partnership Board and as president of the East Central Indiana Development Council. Blackford County’s unemployment rate has dropped more than 40% since he took the helm as executive director of the EDC in 2012. Previously, he was director of planning and research for the Alliance for Strategic Growth/Eastern Indiana Workforce Investment Board. Everett is a certified economic developer through the International Economic Development Council, and is a graduate of Ball State University. He joins a growing team as the Indy Chamber (the Indy Partnership’s parent organization) pursues a more expansive economic development agenda. The Indy Partnership reported 11,100 new jobs and more than $1.2 billion in capital investment in 2016, coordinating 119 successful projections with its local economic development organization (LEDO) partners.