Holcomb appoints first ever secretary of career connections and talent

By Christian Sullivan

INDIANAPOLIS – New position in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s cabinet is designed to connect Hoosiers with employers. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb signs the executive order to install the sectretary of career connections and talent as a new position in his cabinet. Blair Milo, who as appointed to this position, will be resigning as mayor of La Porte. Photo by Christian Sullivan, TheStatehouseFile.com

“We are also, very, well aware of this silver tsunami that is coming our way with so many baby boomers retiring over the next decade,” Holcomb said. “We have to be prepared to fill all of those jobs.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed La Porte Mayor Blair Milo to serve as Indiana’s first ever secretary of career connections and talent. This position will serve as the chief talent recruitment officer and oversee the State Personnel Department. 

Holcomb said Milo will also be working with businesses, trade associations and public officials to help satisfy employment needs. Also, Milo will be collaborating with universities and colleges to help connect students with their desired career paths. 

“I could not be more excited,” Holcomb said. “Blair is uniquely qualified for this exact position.”

Milo has gained experience as the mayor of La Porte since 2011. During her time as mayor, she has focused her agenda on creating a culture of economic growth and development. Milo has helped create a business environment with $260 million in new investment and the creation of 1,100 new jobs. 

La Porte Mayor Blair Milo will step down to become the governor’s first secretary of career connections and talent. Photo provided.

“The next piece to take us to the next level is to develop a people component,” Milo said. “It’s exciting to be a part of that effort, and grow the opportunities for jobs that Hoosiers can be excited about.”

Milo said she wants to supply employers with a large pool of talented workers, while providing Hoosiers with jobs that they are interested and passionate about. 

Before serving as the mayor of La Porte, Milo served five years of active duty with the U.S. Navy and was an intern for U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in Washington D.C. 

Milo will be resigning for her position as mayor of La Porte and is set to start her at her new position Aug. 14.

“She is a United States Navy veteran, which means, she gets the job done,” said Holcomb. 

Christian Sullivan is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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