Marty Vanags assumed the position of Vice President for Regional Economic Development and Executive Director of the Indy Partnership, a business unit of the Indy Chamber, in February 2013. Marty leads a group of professional economic development staff whose mission is to market and promote the nine-county Indianapolis region as a place to invest and grow business. While in Indy, Marty has led a region that has consistently produced well over 10,000 jobs each year in the past two years with over $2 billion in capital investment.
Marty is a graduate of Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University (MPA) and has over 25 years of experience in community and economic development, private commercial real estate development and business management. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He has served as Chairman of the Illinois Development Council, Chair of International Economic Development Council Public Policy Advisory Committee and member of the same organization’s Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP). Marty has served two terms on the Illinois State University Alumni Board, and the Board of Advisors for the Means Center for Entrepreneurship at ISU’s College of Business. He also is a co-founder and creator of the Center for Emerging Entrepreneurs, a business incubation and development program at Illinois State University.
Marty co-founded the @Midwest Social Media Conference, and speaks and provides seminars on social media and its impact on economic development and non-profits. He has spoken at various venues and conferences on topics ranging from communication, leadership, change management, and data-use in economic development and community development. Under Marty’s leadership, the Bloomington Normal EDC and the Indy Partnership have received numerous accolades and awards for marketing, communication and economic development best practices.