Monday, March 21, 2016

Illinnoyed Ad Creator Goes To Work For Illinois

The vice president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Kelly Nicholl, is best known for creating the "Illinnoyed" ad campaign targeting Illinois businesses to relocate to Indiana. Nicholl has now gone to work for the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation as its new marketing director according to Crain's Chicago Business. "I guess I'm going to have to try to undo part of hard work in Indiana," Nicholl told Crain's Greg Hinz, but she does not expect that will be much of a chore. Nicholl maintained her condominium in downtown Chicago even after going to work for the state of Indiana so she's not really relocating. It's interesting that IEDC goes to such great lengths to protect its supposed "trade secrets" under an exception to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act it carved out for itself. Yet someone holding the palace keys is not bound by a non-compete agreement?


Anonymous said...

Indiana...A State for Sale!

Anonymous said...

Couple of observations.

1. People in Wisconsin were saying Ill-Annoyed as far back as the 1980s, so this isn't exactly an original campaign. When it comes right down to it, it's an embarrassing sophomoric playground taunt. We should be embarrassed, but we're not.
2. States like California do not allow non-completes for low level employees. This has been used, in part, to explain why the state is so incredibly creative and collaborative. Perhaps it also explains why we're not.

It's time for people in Indiana to get their heads out of their backsides. We are competing against the world. We are losing. Perhaps it has something to do with interstate squabbles like this one. Even if we beat Illinois, we have won nothing except bragging rights to a game nobody's watching.

LamLawIndy said...

Gary, would a non-compete clause even hold up in court when one would be barring a would-be employy from working for another sovereign?

Anonymous said...

I can't think of a single reason why someone would choose Illinois over Indiana.

I guess if you like having a cramped, slow, uncomfortable, un-American, congested life, in a place that costs over twice as much to live in, there's a state waiting for you.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:25 - I can't think of a single reason why someone would choose Indiana over another state!