(UPDATED) Milo leaving mayor’s post to take newly created position in governor’s cabinet

Gov. Holcomb and Mayor Milo at the July 27 press conference. (Photo posted by governor’s office)

UPDATE: LaPorte County Republican Party Chairman Nick Barbknecht gave this statement to WNLP Thursday night, July 27: “Governor Holcomb knows what we all know in the Hub of Awesome. Blair Milo is a talented leader and a friend who will make us proud as we share her talents with the rest of the state to connect Hoosier workers and employers with exciting opportunities. In her new role as Secretary of Career Connection and Talent, Mayor Milo will be able to provide her leadership in one of the largest challenge and opportunity areas facing LaPorte and all communities across the state, and play a key role in Governor Holcomb’s mission to take Indiana to the next level. As county chairman, I’ll communicate information about a caucus soon. But for now I hope everyone joins me in showing Blair our support on her important journey ahead!”

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UPDATE: To view a video of the press conference, click on this link from the governor’s office: https://www.facebook.com/GovHolcomb/videos/634521120087450/

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Mayor Blair Milo announced on her Facebook page Thursday morning, July 27, 2017, that she will vacate the position of LaPorte mayor this August to assume a newly created post in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s cabinet. Milo was first elected mayor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. As is custom when a current officeholder leaves the office before a term is up, his/her party leaders — in this case the LaPorte County Republican Party — meet to choose a new mayor in a caucus on an as-yet-undetermined date. Milo, a LaPorte native and U.S. Navy veteran, posted this announcement on her public Facebook page. Below her announcement is Gov. Holcomb’s official announcement on his official page: 

Milo

Below is the message that I sent to all members of the City Council this morning. I cannot convey the depth of my gratitude to serve in this incredible community and the hope that I have to bring LaPorte’s style of awesome to keep serving our city and others across the state in an area of critical importance.

Members of the Council,

Since taking office in 2012, one of the premier issues facing our employers and community as a whole has been connecting workers with jobs in existence or those being created. As I’ve talked with mayoral colleagues and worked with state partners towards addressing this challenge, I’ve learned how this challenge is not singular to LaPorte, but a constraint on growth for the majority of communities. I’m tremendously proud of the work LaPorte has done to turn this challenge into opportunities, like the partnerships the City has established with GLEDC, the LaPorte Community Schools Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce in creating the Business and Education Engagement Program; creating the Workforce Teacher of the Year award, opening a LaPorte Ivy Tech location; creating a Talent Attraction and Coordination position and most recently your support of a requirement for all businesses receiving a new economic incentive to commit to working with our students to improve access to workforce educational opportunities. These are all critically important for advancing LaPorte as technology continues to change the landscape of our economy and communities.

In recognition of the importance of better connecting Hoosiers with growing and changing employment opportunities, Governor Holcomb is establishing a new position on his cabinet for a Secretary of Career Connection and Talent, and has asked me to serve in this capacity. It is with great excitement for the opportunity to help LaPorteans, Hoosiers and Governor Holcomb tackle Indiana’s chief constraints on growth that I have accepted the position. We will focus on reducing mismatched skill sets, unfinished degrees and opioid abuse in the workforce while increasing communication for tailored training pathways, career skills for incarcerated individuals and retention of talented Hoosiers for new career fields we haven’t yet dreamt of.

While I am excited for this new opportunity to serve LaPorte and Hoosiers, LaPorte is my home and a community full of family, friends, and friends who feel like family. It is also a community on an exciting trajectory of progress and growth. It is with no small amount of sadness that I write to communicate I will be stepping down as Mayor to fulfill this new calling. What lessens that sadness and discomfort of the unknown is the knowledge that we have an amazing team of incredibly talented, dedicated Department Heads and City employees who are at the heart of carrying forth all of the exciting opportunities we’ve developed. Equally critical in this trajectory of growth has been the City Council, Board of Public Works, Redevelopment Commission, Urban Enterprise Association, and many, many other community partners who have collectively enhanced and affected an exciting vision truly making LaPorte a Hub amongst a collection of Awesome. I could not in good conscience step into this new role of service if I didn’t know that the leaders of LaPorte would ensure that our path to progress was continued. I will forever be thankful to God and this community for the honor to have been a part of the team that has made transformative change for this amazing city we all call home.

I will still be keeping my home and spending significant time in LaPorte, and will always make myself available to help the city as best I can during the upcoming transition and after. I will assume the position of Secretary of Career Connection and Talent on August 14 and will work with the new Mayor to ensure the ease of transition is as seamless as possible. Thank you for the opportunity to work and serve with you, and I look forward to continuing to grow LaPorte and our state!

With deep gratitude,
Blair


July 27 announcement from Gov. Holcomb’s official page:

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order creating a new cabinet-level position in state government to serve as Indiana’s chief talent and recruiting official. The secretary of career connections and talent will be the chief executive officer of the State Personnel Department and will assume oversight of that agency and its director. This new secretary will be responsible for connecting Hoosiers with employers and filling the estimated one million job openings expected over the next 10 years in Indiana.

The governor announced that he has appointed La Porte Mayor Blair Milo as the first secretary of career connections and talent.

“Our state’s unemployment rate has reached historically low levels. That means more Hoosiers are working, but it also presents talent challenges for our state’s employers, who need skilled and ready workers to keep their businesses thriving,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This new position will provide the urgent and focused attention required to position Indiana well long-term and ensure our state’s workforce is keeping pace with our economy as it grows and becomes more diverse. I can think of no one better suited than Blair Milo to lead this charge.”

Blair Milo was elected mayor of La Porte, Indiana in 2011. Under her leadership as mayor, La Porte entered a period of economic growth, with increased job opportunities for residents, improved infrastructure, streamlined government services, and higher reported levels of happiness and quality of life. Prior to serving as La Porte Mayor, Milo served five years in active duty with the U.S. Navy and was an intern for U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in Washington D.C.

“I’m honored to join Governor Holcomb’s team to take on this important role. Connecting business leaders and employees has been at the forefront of both challenges and opportunities for all Hoosier communities as we continue to grow new numbers and types of jobs across the state,” Blair Milo said. “We want to connect Hoosiers with a job they’re passionate about, and we want our employers to know they can draw from a deep pool of talented, dedicated workers in every corner of the state. Collaborating with businesses, public officials, colleges and universities to assess, fill and preempt our workforce needs will be a critical step in taking Indiana to the next level.”

As secretary of career connections and talent, Milo will collaborate with business, industry, trade groups and public officials to identify employment needs, identify workers and help them take advantage of training opportunities for high-demand, high-wage positions. The secretary will work in partnership with Indiana colleges, universities, and certificate and training providers to connect Hoosiers to high-demand jobs.

Beyond overseeing the state’s personnel department, she will also work closely with other state agencies to connect employers and Hoosiers with the many training programs, grants and other opportunities available through the state of Indiana.

Indiana’s first secretary of career connections and talent, Blair Milo, begins in this new role August 14.

 

21 Responses to “(UPDATED) Milo leaving mayor’s post to take newly created position in governor’s cabinet”

  1. ILUVLP

    Jul 27. 2017

    What a shame. Mayor Milo has been the best thing to hit LaPorte in a long, long time.
    Thanks for all you have done for LP Blair, and I wish you all the best.

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  2. Sick of all of it

    Jul 27. 2017

    No surprise. She has been looking for another position since shortly after she took office the first time. GLEDC…really? Bunch of good ole boys. What about the new Kroger, the Longhorn Steakhouse that were to go in?

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  3. Common Sense the Third

    Jul 27. 2017

    “sick of all of it”, sounds like this should be good news to you, if you are sick of it all. Yet your comment portrays just baseless questions to convey a negative tone. My suggestion to you would be to move somewhere that will do everything as you would. May I suggest Alaska? You also seem to have forgotten positions that the outgoing mayor turned down, since her first term. Cheers to Alaska.

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  4. lawman

    Jul 27. 2017

    …..but we have a new ”dollar store” on the way. this one from new construction. wow

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  5. Politics as usual

    Jul 27. 2017

    I wish the mayor well. My issue is the same one I have shared with my children since they were young, when you make a commitment, you have to stick with it until it’s done. Guess those old rules don’t apply anymore!

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    • Good Luck Blair

      Jul 27. 2017

      I would mostly agree. However, I’m sure this was an opportunity that had a small window of acceptance. LaPorte is blessed to have had Blair Milo as our mayor for 6 years.

      We should pray the next mayor keeps the best interest of it’s citizens in the forefront of his/her mind, much like Blair. LaPorte is headed in a great direction, we need to be sure it continues to move forward.

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    • Del

      Jul 28. 2017

      I agree completely with you Politics. I certainly wish her well but wish that she would fulfill her commitment to those who voted for her. Who knows what we will get in her place.
      With as much time as she has spent in Indianapolis since the last elections, I felt that this was coming. I’m sure she will succeed in this position, as she has in this town, she is just that kind of person.

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  6. Papadoc

    Jul 27. 2017

    The state of Indiana is going to win big time with her appointment, and LaPorte, well there’s lots of talent here, it’s just a matter of waking it up. Get busy kids!

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  7. Moving forward

    Jul 27. 2017

    Mayor Milo has done great things for LaPorte and while I am sad she is stepping down I wish her the best in her new position.

    Thanks for everything Blair and God bless with your new job!

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  8. landlubber

    Jul 27. 2017

    oh no..no more boat races!!

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  9. Left LaPorte

    Jul 28. 2017

    A few questions LaPorte:

    > Based on statistics and not just opinion, Is the town better or worse since Blair became mayor? (Jobs, business and financially, etc.)
    > Maybe the drug problem has gotten worse, but how does LaPorte stack up to comparable cities of this size? Is this her fault? No!
    > If you worked for a company, contributed and wanted more, would you pass up an opportunity to advance yourself? – I didn’t.
    > Do you think you could do a better job? If so, run this fall for her vacant position! We’ll follow your first term and watch you get “sliced and diced”.

    Good Luck Blair – don’t forget LaPorte!

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  10. Anon

    Jul 28. 2017

    The sooner the better. Bye.

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  11. Tax payer

    Jul 28. 2017

    Just another politician using a small town for a stepping stone to the top.

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  12. Bernie

    Jul 29. 2017

    To the “nattering LaPorte nabobs of negativism”, why do you always denigrate a person who aspires to greater service and opportunity? Mayor Milo has served our community and country with caring intelligence and grace. Why not celebrate her willingness to serve our state, too?

    If a business owner were interested in locating in LaPorte and read the above petty attacks on the mayor and then listened to Sound Off, he/she would run, not walk away to another community. I now know what the word Slicers means, sharp tongue cutting enviousness. You degrade our community.

    Godspeed Mayor Milo. You have ably served us and I am grateful for it.

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    • Adam

      Jul 31. 2017

      You’re right, Bernie. If these people don’t agree with you then they’re horrible human beings! Everyone should agree with you.

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  13. gobnaitx

    Jul 31. 2017

    I hear she’s getting a $100,000 pay raise.

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  14. alk

    Jul 31. 2017

    I wonder how she knew what color tie the Gov would be wearing; her nails matched perfectly. Good luck Blair 🙂

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  15. Jamie

    Jul 31. 2017

    Great we created a position just for her with all our extra state money. What a wasted vote-she acted like she was going to stay and lied. We need someone who is vested in the future of our city not someone who uses it as a stool! Once again government waste

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  16. Bernie

    Jul 31. 2017

    Adam,

    Your comment is relevant to the discussion, how?

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  17. Jim

    Aug 01. 2017

    Can not blame Milo for taking a job that pays $171,500.00 a year. She will be the 32nd highest paid State employee in Indiana.

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