Ashley Elrod Wins 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development

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(JACKSONVILLE, FLA.) - Ashley Elrod, Program Director for Economic Development at the Indy Chamber, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession. 






An independent six-member selection committee evaluated and chose the winners based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.      

“Ashley Elrod is a very deserving candidate of this award. She has been a driving force behind our Accelerate Indy economic development strategy and was instrumental to the planning process," said said Michael Huber, President and CEO of the Indy Chamber. "She has led the Global Indy initiative which aims to engage medium-sized businesses in export activity. A true innovator, Ashley is passionate about the progress of the Indy Region."

Elrod has worked at the Indy Chamber since 2012 in various capacities, most recently working as an Economic Development Program Director for both the economic development arms of the Indy Chamber: Develop Indy (Marion County) and Indy Partnership (Nine-County Region). 

DCI’s 40 Under 40 award was designed to discover the economic development profession’s rising stars.    

“The people chosen by the selection committee represent a bright future for the economic development world,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. “They are a new breed of results-driven place makers.  We’re very pleased to see NAME among the winners.”   

“I was impressed by the energy and dedication of these developers,” said Zach Patton, Executive Editor at GOVERNING Magazine and 40 Under 40 selection committee member. “Their passion for good economic development really stood out in their smart innovations, thoughtful programs,and cool ideas.”   

DCI officially announced the winners last night at an awards ceremony during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Jacksonville and will feature an in-depth profile of each on its website during 2017.   

For more information on DCI’s 40 Under 40 winners, visit

The Indy Chamber is the voice of progress and improvement for the Indianapolis region's business community. With membership of nearly 2,000 businesses in the Indianapolis region, the Indy Chamber is leading the effort to strengthen the business climate, improve the state of education, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region's workforce. For more information, visit

About DCI Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing.  The agency has worked for more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960.
Joe Pellman, Indy Chamber - 317.464.2251, [email protected] 
Susan Brake, DCI - 859.445.1671, [email protected]
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