At Cardinal Strategies, our mission is simple: We help our clients achieve their objectives, doing so with the utmost integrity. With extensive experience in the legislative process, state government, and economic development, Cardinal Strategies is uniquely positioned to advance your agenda.

Our Focus

Eric Shields has many years of experience working to advance economic development. While at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation under then-Governor Mike Pence, Shields shaped and implemented the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative, including managing its $126 million in funding.

In 2017, Shields founded Cardinal Strategies to help clients advance their economic development goals.

Some Client Successes Include:

  • Secured $7 million in Indiana state tax credits to support $53.6 million in new downtown investments across Evansville, Lafayette, and Marion.
  • Pursued and secured legislation that enhanced the partnership between Indiana Certified Technology Parks (CTP) and the state of Indiana by enabling high-performing CTPs to collect up to $100,000 per year in tax revenue to support entrepreneurs and high tech enterprises.
  • Advised the development team for the $300 million ElectricWorks redevelopment project in downtown Fort Wayne.


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