The state’s first Secretary of Career Connections and Talent has stepped down from her post and will enter the private sector, helping women and minorities with entrepreneurship opportunities. Blair Milo was named to the position in August 2017. In that role, Milo led efforts to bolster the state’s talent pipeline by working with business and educational leaders across the state.

She led the 21st Century Talent Regions initiative, resulting in 80 Indiana counties forming 14 regions to plan and implement strategies for attracting, developing, and connecting talent.

“Communities across the state have been able to strategically focus on how to collaborate regionally to harness the talent of Hoosiers and make strides in connecting education institutions with employers working to grow so that the entire state flourishes, thanks to the commitment of Secretary Milo,” said Governor Eric Holcomb.

Earlier this year, the Office of Career Connections and Talent was integrated into the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

The governor’s office says Milo will launch the Center for Talent and Opportunity, a partnership with the Sagamore Institute, InnoPower, and Minority Entrepreneurship Institute.

The organizations focus on closing the wealth gap for women and minorities through entrepreneurship. Prior to her appointment to Governor Holcomb’s Cabinet, Milo served as Mayor of La Porte.

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