Charles Sparks - President & CEO
As President and CEO of the Alliance, Charlie is responsible for the overall operations of the organization. Charlie works directly with the Alliance Board of Directors and the five organizations that comprise the Alliance to promote community prosperity.
Sparks previously served as Vice President for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) where he was responsible for leading the state’s business development and economic development efforts for over six years. Under his leadership the IEDC secured 1378 business commitments to create over 148,000 jobs and invest over $24.8 billion to expand or locate operations in Indiana.
Sparks, a native of Kokomo, has worked in economic development in Indiana for over 30 years. Previous positions include service as president of the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce, the Kokomo/Howard County Development Corporation and the Warsaw/Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce.
Sparks earned his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis.