Economic Development Specialist Alaina Shonkwiler Selected as Indy’s Best and Brightest Finalist

October 27, 2015
Noblesville Economic Development

Alaina Shonkwiler, an economic development specialist with the City of Noblesville, was honored as one of Indy’s up-and-coming talents at the 12th annual Indy’s Best and Brightest event presented by KPMG LLP. Shonkwiler was honored as a Best and Brightest finalist in the government category.

“Noblesville’s downtown growth, vibrancy, and sustainability are directly related to leadership that embraces partnership. Alaina Shonkwiler has brought maturity, excitement, and leadership that has resulted in a congruent approach to maximizing downtown Noblesville’s vision and potential,” Noblesville Economic Development Director Judi Johnson said.

An awards program and reception honored 100 of Central Indiana’s outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industries at an awards presentation at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center on October 15. Finalists received an award and a winner was designated in each of these categories: Accounting; Banking & Financial Services; Education & Nonprofit; Government; Health & Life Sciences; Law; Manufacturing, Retail & Services; Media, Entertainment & Sports; Real Estate, Development & Construction; and Technology.

“KPMG is proud to serve as the presenting sponsor for this noteworthy event for the 12th consecutive year,” said Mark Shaffer, office managing partner of KPMG LLP. “We understand the importance of honoring these young professionals who also serve as outstanding role models and mentors for the youth of our community.”

The Best and Brightest event was created by Junior Achievement to recognize up-and-coming talent and the next generation of leaders in the community. Finalists are judged on professional accomplishments, civic contributions, character, and leadership qualities.

A complete list of finalists can be viewed at Proceeds from Indy’s Best and Brightest benefit Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc.

About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. (JACI), in partnership with the business and education communities, provides learning experiences for central Indiana students with a concentration on life skills, job skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and a fundamental understanding of economics and the free enterprise system.

JACI serves thousands of students each year in Central Indiana and has a board of directors to support this mission and our core values: a conviction in the impact of experiential education, belief in partnerships and the potential of all students, commitment to the principles of economics and entrepreneurship, and a passion for what we do. For more information, visit

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