Jim Schellinger, Indianapolis, serves the state of Indiana as the president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the state’s lead economic development agency. Jim was appointed by Governor Mike Pence in August 2015 to help lead Indiana business growth and Hoosier job creation efforts, most notably leading Governor Pence’s Indiana Regional Cities Initiative, an initiative created to spur regional quality of place projects across Indiana.
Prior to serving the state in his current role, Jim most recently served as the Chairman/CEO of CSO Architects, a 52-year-old architectural firm, where he practiced architecture since 1984. Under Jim’s leadership, CSO has led landmark projects such as the Indianapolis International Airport, the JW Marriott, and the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.
Jim is currently a member of the Dean’s Council for IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a board member for AgriNovus Indiana, a catalyst for innovation in the food and agriculture industry. Jim has served on numerous civic boards including the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board where he led the new Stadium and Convention Center taskforce and the Super Bowl Host Committee for which he served as the Chairman of the Weather Preparedness and Response Team (WPRT). Jim is a member of AIA as well as the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Jim has received numerous honors and awards. He was recognized as a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2003, as a Kentucky Colonel in 2009, and received the lifetime achievement award from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Jim and his wife, Laura, have three sons: Zack, John and Nick.