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Real Estate Developer Brad Chambers Becomes New Indiana Commerce Secretary

Courtesy of the Governor's Office

Indiana has a new secretary of commerce.

The governor announced Monday real estate developer Brad Chambers will lead the state’s economic development agency. He replaces Jim Schellinger, who left in March.

Chambers is the founder and CEO of Indianapolis-based Buckingham Companies, which invests, develops and manages primarily housing properties.

In a statement, Gov. Eric Holcomb called Chambers a “transformational leader” and said no one is better suited to lead the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Chambers will lead the state’s ongoing efforts to attract more businesses to Indiana and encourage companies here to grow, often through financial incentives.

Chambers will not leave his company. He will remain in leadership at Buckingham while “[reducing] his day-to-day role.”

The company will not be eligible for state incentives while Chambers leads the IEDC.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.