Our history

The IU Board of Trustees established IDS in 1984 as the Regional Economic Development Institute to further research, graduate-level education, and scholarly exchange in the area of economic development and development policy. In 1990, our name changed to the Institute for Development Strategies to more accurately reflect our focus and mission. In 1992, the Ameritech Foundation endowed IU with $1.2 million for the establishment of an Ameritech Chair of Economic Development to serve as director of IDS.