Chris W. Cotterill, a partner in the government group of Faegre Baker Daniels and former chief of staff to Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, was named general counsel of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) on January 5.
Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation oversees programs enacted by the Indiana General Assembly, including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance.
Cotterill was selected for the position as "someone who can help us operate at the speed of business," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce.
At FaegreBD, Cotterill counseled public and private sector clients on developing and executing public-private partnerships, businesses on interacting with state and local government, and government clients on implementing strategies to more efficiently use taxpayer dollars. He also represented clients before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
Cotterill joined FaegreBD in 2012 after serving in Mayor Ballard's office from 2009-12. In this position, he was lead negotiator on the City's $1.9 billion sale of water and wastewater utilities, the largest water and wastewater acquisition in U.S. history.
Previously, Cotterill has served as corporation counsel for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, and as director of IN.gov and general counsel in the Indiana Office of Technology. He began his career as a commercial litigator.
Cotterill's many community contributions include serving on the board of the Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee, the board and executive committee of Visit Indy, the board of the Indianapolis City Market Corporation, and the board of the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association.