Eric Doden graduated from Hillsdale College and Valparaiso University School of Law. Prior to joining Greater Fort Wayne Inc., he spent two years as president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Building on his background in the automotive and steel industries, Doden is a partner in the boutique private equity firm Domo Development, LLC, which has developed more than $200 million of market-rate apartments since 2012. He serves on the boards of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Ball State University Entrepreneurship Center, and Ambassador Enterprises.
As CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Eric has met with more than 180 business leaders across the country with the goal of creating strategic partnerships that will grow jobs, grow wages, and grow the economy in Allen County. He has also spearheaded the progress of several major community projects, including the $440 million revitalization of the Electric Works campus (an innovation district), the $100 million Riverfront Development, and the $35 million rebirth of The Landing.
During his tenure, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has achieved unprecedented results. From 2015-17, the organization assisted with 79 business expansions and relocations in Allen County, including expansions by General Motors ($1.2 billion investment) and Fort Wayne Metals ($51 million), and locations by Walmart (a $181 million dairy processing facility) and Multimatic ($39 million). These 79 deals resulted in a total of more than 4,200 new jobs and $184 million in new annual payroll. In 2018, six projects worth approximately $684 million are set for construction in downtown Fort Wayne alone.
Eric and his wife, Maci, have been married for 20 years. They live in Fort Wayne with their five children.