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BCforward CEO and Founder Justin Christian to receive TechPoint’s Trailblazer Award during Mira Awards gala

2021-04-08T18:11:37-04:00April 6, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 6, 2021) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem, will honor entrepreneur and business leader, philanthropist, “girl dad” and arbiter of cool Justin Christian, with the Trailblazer Award, during a live broadcast of the 22nd annual Mira Awards gala (Thursday, April 22, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT). Christian co-founded IT consulting firm BCforward in 1998, which he has since grown into the state’s largest Information Technology solutions and staffing corporation and one of the top ten largest black-owned companies in the country. The Mira Awards—with presenting sponsor Salesforce—celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year, including people, products, companies and places. The Trailblazer Award recognizes visionaries whose contributions have had lasting and signifxicant impact on the state and its technology ecosystem. Trailblazers are among the tech community’s most inspiring and influential players. They [...]

Conexus Indiana J. Mark Howell: Pandemic Lessons Will Leave Us Stronger

2021-04-08T18:16:01-04:00April 5, 2021|

J. Mark Howell, president and CEO, Conexus Indiana A little over a year ago, Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics companies were preparing for another banner year. A key contributor in Indiana’s 10 straight years of record economic expansion, the sector was growing, but also critically assessing itself to ensure it would be positioned to fuel the state’s economy well into the future. We know what happened next: As a result of the global pandemic, we all learned new definitions for the word “essential.” [READ MORE] (Sources: J. Mark Howell, president and CEO, Conexus Indiana, Inside INdiana Business)

IIB Perspectives: Indy Autonomous Challenge Takes Another Step in IMS History

2021-04-08T18:14:15-04:00April 5, 2021|

In spring 1909, four businessmen had a vision to build an automobile testing ground to support Indiana’s growing automotive industry. The goal was to provide a proving ground to test and improve cars, tires, driving surfaces and to promote Indianapolis as a leader in a newly developing industry. More than 112 years later, that mission continues with the Indy Autonomous Challenge. On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, on the same 2.5 miles that brought everyday commuters many important automotive features like the rear-view mirror and strong, durable tires, the Speedway will facilitate another collective step toward the future of transportation with the world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race, held in conjunction with Energy Systems Network. [READ MORE] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Energy Systems Network, Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation Grant Opens Doors for Marion County Residents to Get Paid Training and Employment with Local Manufacturing Companies

2021-04-08T18:09:54-04:00March 31, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2021) Marion County has nearly 1,000 manufacturing companies providing an average starting hourly wage of $16/hour, more than 20 percent higher than Indiana’s family sustaining wage. The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has awarded Conexus Indiana a $350,000 grant to train and place residents in these opportunity jobs and to help fill the nearly 10,000 advanced manufacturing job openings in and around Marion County. Today’s announcement is the first step in Conexus Indiana’s mission to bring its proven career training program to Marion County residents and create pathways for employment and career growth with local manufacturers. Conexus Indiana’s program, Catapult Indiana, is available in five communities around Indiana and has placed on average 85 percent of its graduates in advanced manufacturing jobs. “As employers, advanced manufacturers offer Marion County residents rewarding work making everything from life-changing pharmaceuticals to [...]

Bloomington to receive Rising Tech City Award during TechPoint’s 22nd annual Mira Awards gala

2021-04-11T11:48:30-04:00March 30, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (March 30, 2021) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem, will recognize the City of Bloomington with a prestigious Rising Tech City Award during the 22nd annual Mira Awards gala on Thursday, April 22, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. The awards are being held virtually again this year due to the pandemic and the public may watch the live broadcast for free online at https://techpoint.org/riseup. The Mira Awards—with presenting sponsor Salesforce—celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year, including people, products, companies and places. The Rising Tech City award honors a city, town, region or community within the state of Indiana and celebrates the projects and the people behind them who have championed the location’s advancement and tech friendliness. The emphasis is on developing compelling places where diverse, tech-skilled people want to live. While [...]

AgriNovus Indiana announces spring ambassadors for its career exploration platform Field Atlas

2021-04-05T16:43:55-04:00February 2, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 2, 2021) – AgriNovus Indiana, a non-profit initiative focused on growing Indiana’s agbioscience economy, announced today its Spring 2021 class of Field Atlas ambassadors to spark conversation about agbiosciences on university and college campuses across Indiana. Field Atlas ambassadors are college students selected to serve as on-campus connectors between students, professors and academic advisors and the Field Atlas career exploration platform (myFieldAtlas.com). The ambassadors will provide information about career paths, companies and fields of study in the agbioscience industry. AgriNovus selected the following students to serve as Field Atlas ambassadors for the Spring 2021 semester: Alston Dsouza, Sophomore, IUPUI Maranda Elswick, Sophomore, Purdue University MacKinley Fix, Senior, Grace College Emily Miller, Junior, University of Southern Indiana Lara Santiago, Freshman, Purdue University Morgan Sparks, Senior, University of Southern Indiana Samantha Worden, Senior, Butler University Katherine Urasky, Junior, University of [...]

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