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For Immediate Release
June 23, 2017

Rachel Blakeman hired as Director of the Community Research Institute at IPFW

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FORT WAYNE,Ind.— Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is pleased to announce Rachel Blakeman has been hired as the new director of the Community Research Institute (CRI). Blakeman was hired after a national search and will begin her new duties on July 10.

"CRI has a long tradition of providing useful, relevant data and information to public-sector and nonprofit clients and the general public in northeast Indiana,” said Blakeman. “I look forward to bringing my experience in local government and public policy to the university. Our corner of the state has both opportunities and challenges ahead. The CRI can help leaders understand how we got here and what may be coming."

Blakeman, a licensed attorney, was most recently employed by the City of Fort Wayne where she served as a project manager for record retention, working within federal and state laws. Rachel has experience with legislative affairs with an emphasis onstatelegislation, and has worked for organizations including the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana and Haller & Colvin, P.C. She also has experience in print journalism and marketing

Blakeman is a member of the Allen County Bar Association. A cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis’s class of 2013, she was a Program on Law and State Government Fellow. Her research was state government's role in economic development, specifically advanced manufacturing. Blakeman also earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University in 1999.

“We had an outstanding group of candidates apply and interview for the position,” said Carl Drummond, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management. “Rachel’s experience with the City of Fort Wayne, coupled with her focused economic development research while a fellow at IU’s McKinney School of Law, made her a perfect fit to lead the CRI into the future.”

The Community Research Institute is one of IPFW’s commitments to promote the growth and vitality of northeast Indiana. The Institute serves as one of the portals linking the academic expertise at the university with the needs of the public, private, and non-profit sectors in northeast Indiana by providing research and analytical services in the areas of socio-economic data, urban planning, municipal finance, public policy, and economic development.

Information accessible and available on the CRI website includes various economic measures regarding the local economy, such as employment, income and other area economic data; CRI reports; and other local and national economic resources. The CRI also maintains economic data on the 11-county northeast Indiana region.