Head of Ind. business agency gets ethics advice

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The State Ethics Commission has advised Indiana's top business-recruitment official to separate himself from any decisions related to tax credits that could benefit a company he co-owns.

The commission told Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Eric Doden on Thursday that a "wall of separation" is needed to safeguard him against any conflict-of-interest accusations. Doden had sought an advisory opinion.

The Journal Gazette reports Doden is on leave from a company he co-owns that's a minority partner in a development firm that might bid on a project in Fort Wayne.

If Fort Wayne expands a revitalization district adjacent to that property and Doden's company wins a contract it would be eligible for a state tax credit that would have to be approved by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

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