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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Speaker Bosma Recommends Appointment of Former
Lt. Governor John Mutz to Stadium Board

Chairman Espich Recommended as Special Advisor


(STATEHOUSE) May 26, 2005 - Speaker of the House Brian C. Bosma today announced his recommendation for the appointment of former Lieutenant Governor John Mutz to serve on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority. Chairman of House Ways and Means Jeff Espich (R-Uniondale) was also recommended by Speaker Bosma to serve as a special advisor to the authority.

John M. Mutz served as lieutenant governor in Indiana for two terms from 1981 to 1989. As lieutenant governor, Mutz headed the Indiana Department of Commerce. Mutz was the President of the Lilly Endowment, one of the five largest private foundations in America, from 1989 to 1993. He later served as President of PSI Energy from 1993 to 1999. In 2002, Mutz was Chairman of the City of Indianapolis Department of Waterworks. Mutz is currently Chairman of the Lumina Foundation for Education and a Senior Advisor at Thomas P. Miller and Associates, a local economic development consulting firm.

"John Mutz brings a wealth of fiscal expertise, a lifetime of business knowledge, and a passion for the Colts that will serve him well in his position on the board," stated Speaker Bosma. "John is a fiscal conservative who believes in protecting the interests of taxpayers, and that trait will be critical for the success of this project. I have the highest confidence in John Mutz because of his lifelong dedication to the public, his keen business sense, and his ability to handle projects of this magnitude."

Chairman Espich has been a Colts season ticket holder since the team arrived to Indianapolis in 1984. During this year's legislative discussions, Rep. Espich was the first to offer a balanced, credible, workable proposal to build the stadium and keep the Colts in Indianapolis. He worked with Speaker Bosma, Senator Kenley and Governor Daniels to negotiate HEA 1120, the legislation that established the groundwork for a stadium and convention center expansion in downtown Indianapolis.

The Building Authority, which will oversee design and construction of the $900 million project, is composed of seven members. Each must be a resident of Indiana. The Governor appoints four members; the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House may each make one recommendation to the Governor. Two members are appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis. The seventh member of the board is nominated by one of the seven counties surrounding Marion County, in accordance with a regional partnership on the stadium and convention center project.