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Secretary of Commerce
JimStaton

Jim Staton, Interim Indiana Secretary of Commerce



Jim Staton was named interim Secretary of Commerce and head of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation by Gov. Holcomb on March 8, 2021. 

Staton has served Indiana’s business community for more than 30 years. He first joined the IEDC in 2005 and currently serves as senior vice president and chief business development officer, overseeing the organization’s domestic and international business expansion and attraction efforts and leading the team through back-to-back record-breaking years for economic development. In the last two years, the IEDC has achieved annual record-highs for the number of new jobs committed, new payroll committed, annual average wage of committed jobs, and planned capital investment. 

Prior to being selected to lead global business development activity in 2018, he served in a number of economic development-focused roles at the IEDC, including vice president of business development, director of business development for the central and northwest Indiana regions, and as business recruitment director for North America. He was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by ConsultantConnect in 2016 and also received a Luminary Award for Economic Development Leadership from the Northern Indiana Public Service Company.

Prior, Staton served as president and chief operating officer of the Jasper County Industrial Foundation in Renesselaer from 1993-2005; served the Demotte community as town councilman, street commissioner, police commissioner, and plan commission and BZA member; and served as an economic development planner and grants specialist at the Kankakee-Iroqouis Regional Planning Commission. 

Staton resides in Brownsburg with his wife, Debra Cook. He is a native of Hartford City and earned bachelor’s degrees in environmental design and urban planning from Ball State University. Throughout his career, he has served on several economic development boards, including the Northwest Indiana Forum and the Regional Development Company.