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The Journal Gazette

Monday, July 31, 2017 11:30 am

Borror, Cardinal to form economic development partnership

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

Borror Public Affairs and Cardinal Strategies are forming a strategic partnership to better serve clients in the economic development arena.

The two companies have decades of experience in both legislative affairs and economic development consulting services.

Borror Public Affairs is run by former Fort Wayne state representative Randy Borror, who left the legislature in 2010 to lobby.

Eric Shields, principal at Cardinal Strategies, most recently served as vice president of policy & strategic initiatives at the Indiana Economic Development Corp. He was responsible for legislative affairs, redevelopment programs, interagency affairs and research.

During his time with the IEDC he worked chiefly on the popular Regional Cities Initiative from which Fort Wayne is benefiting.

Prior to working at IEDC Shields served as a legislative aide for Borror, now principal of Borror Public Affairs.

Borror led the legislative efforts in 2005 to form the IEDC and also was the author of the 2006 bill to lease the Indiana Toll Road in exchange for billions.

“When it comes to economic development, Eric is one of the best in the state" Borror said. "He possesses a comprehensive understanding of what Indiana can offer businesses and has a firm grasp on how communities and organizations can maximize their economic development efforts. We are honored to announce this partnership with Cardinal Strategies.”