Blair Milo was first elected Mayor of La Porte, Indiana in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Upon taking office Mayor Milo focused her administration on building the most conducive climate for economic development growth, providing for sustainable infrastructure needs and fostering a community dedication toward positive lifestyle choices. Since 2012, Mayor Milo has led a community team that has created a business environment where over 500 new jobs have been created. Major projects contributing to this are the 137 acre expansion with new dual rail service in the Thomas Rose Industrial Park; and the largest single jobs expansion project in La Porte’s history: the addition of a second plant at Alcoa Howmet. The new Alcoa plant makes La Porte home to the most advanced aeronautical manufacturing facility in the world. La Porte’s crime rate has decreased by 33% due in large part to innovative community policing efforts and increased communication with the public. Public transportation utilization has increased 22% and she was instrumental in establishing an interurban bus route between La Porte, Michigan City and the Purdue North Central campus. In early 2012 Mayor Milo formed a partnership with the City, La Porte County YMCA and IU Health La Porte Hospital to create “Fitness Fridays,” a community fitness program that includes a weekly 5k walk/run with the Mayor. Since its inception the program has added partners, and in 2014 Mayor Milo initiated “Step Up Saturdays” where she traveled to a city or town in all 92 counties across Indiana to initiate a similar free 5k walk/run program to help improve Indiana’s overall health. In 2015 La Porte was selected as a quarterfinalist, one of 50 from a pool of over 300 applicants, in the “America’s Best Communities” competition.
Prior to moving home to run for Mayor, Milo served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy. She first served as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer then Electrical Officer in USS Mason (DDG 87) from January 2005 until May 2007, completing two Persian Gulf deployments. She then transferred to the Destroyer Squadron 50 staff based in Manama, Bahrain and served as the Assistant Operations Officer, daily scheduler for the Northern Arabian Gulf battle space, as well as Tactical Watch Officer for the Commander. After serving in Bahrain and Iraq, Milo transferred to the Chief of Naval Operations staff at the Pentagon where she worked on the Navy’s newest stealth destroyer ship class, DDG-1000, in addition to serving as the Admiral’s Aide and Special Assistant to the Director of Surface Warfare. In July 2010, Milo transitioned from active to reserve duty where she first served as a Surface Warfare subject matter expert at the Office of Naval Intelligence before transferring to the NATO Warfare Development Group in Great Lakes, IL. She holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander while serving in the Standby Reserve. When transitioning to reserve duty, Milo also became a private defense consultant for Sayres and Associates where she continues to support the Navy program manager building stealth destroyers.
Blair Milo was born and raised in La Porte, Indiana and graduated from La Porte High School. She attended Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy in 2004. She earned a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University in 2010.
Mayor Milo serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, the Executive Committee for the Northwest Indiana Regional Plan Commission and the Indiana Advisory Alliance for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. In April 2014 The Washington Post included Milo in its list of “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Political Stars” across the U.S. In 2015 she was appointed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to serve on the State Workforce Innovation Council addressing critical needs facing Indiana’s employers and workforce.