Erin Schneider Named One of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers

Erin Schneider Named One of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers

Erin Schneider, Director of Economic Development Indiana for Duke Energy, has been named to the 2020 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect.  Consultant Connect is a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve. To view the full list, visit

As Director of the Indiana Economic Development team for Duke Energy, Schneider is responsible for new and expanding industrial and commercial business recruitment and works in partnership with state, regional, and local economic development organizations to grow Duke Energy’s Indiana communities. Prior to her role at Duke Energy, she served as the Central Region Director for Business Development at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). During her tenure, she was involved in expansion and attraction projects involving more than 26,000 jobs and over $2.6 billion in committed capital investment.

Erin began her career in the motion picture industry in Los Angeles as a Creative Executive at Kopelson Entertainment and Vice President of Production at Level 1 Entertainment where she earned credits on Grandma’s Boy (Fox), Rendition (New Line), and an Associate Producer credit on Strange Wilderness (Paramount). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and earned her Master Practitioner Certification in Advanced Economic Development Leadership from the partnership between The University of Alabama, Clemson University, Texas Christian University, and The University of Southern Mississippi.

Schneider and her husband, Trace, reside in Indianapolis with their two sons, Cruz and Mac. 

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