City hires economic development specialists



Economic Development Director Judi Johnson stands with newly hired specialist Alaina Shonkwiler, left, and Courtney Zaugg. (Photo by Robert Herrington)

The City of Noblesville has increased its Economic Development Dept. by hiring specialists Courtney Zaugg and Alaina Shonkwiler. Zaugg will work on business development throughout the entire city and Shonkwiler will be focusing primarily on the downtown area.

“I really look forward to working with Courtney Zaugg and Alaina Shonkwiler. They both bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team,” Economic Development Director Judi Johnson said.

Zaugg has extensive regional, national, and international economic development experience. She comes to the city from Conexus Indiana where she was director, industry research – automotive and aerospace/defense initiatives. She has also worked for Develop Indy as well as the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

“Courtney’s work within the region, state, and global economic development arena, plus her most recent concentration on logistics and workforce development, will assist in the attraction and retention of future and current Noblesville businesses and will help our department focus more closely on sustaining, growing and analyzing our workforce,” Johnson said.

A Noblesville native, Shonkwiler comes to the city from the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce where she promoted member businesses and marketing initiatives. Her previous experience includes working for Ryan Homes in Indianapolis and the Office of Program and Budget Performance in Washington D.C.

“Alaina, being born and raised in Noblesville, will work on downtown promotion, tourism, cultural arts, and other marketing and business initiatives,” said Johnson. “Her past experience in budget performance and the home construction industry add another layer of knowledge to the team.”

Zaugg and Shonkwiler began working for the city on June 11.

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