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IEDC, in partnership with Conexus Indiana, invests nearly $23 million in Manufacturing Readiness Grants to Hoosier businesses in 2022

2023-02-02T12:31:57-05:00February 2, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 2, 2023) – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced today that 186 Manufacturing Readiness Grants totaling $22.7 million were awarded in 2022, supporting $352.7 million in technology-enabled capital investment among manufacturers. The innovative program, structured to allow Indiana based manufacturers to increase production efficiency, invested in 60 counties across Indiana in 2022. Launched in 2020, the Manufacturing Readiness Grants program was created to stimulate private sector investments to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing industry. Since then, a total of 384 awards totaling $39 million have been awarded to companies in 69 counties, prompting proposed projects with combined budgets of $484 million. “Indiana’s rich manufacturing history paired with these new investments will ensure that Indiana continues to lead as the world transitions into Industry 4.0,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers. The Manufacturing Readiness Grants program [...]

TechPoint releases 2023 Indiana Tech Workforce Report 

2023-01-31T12:26:04-05:00January 31, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS — (January 31, 2023) — Today’s age of digital innovation demands an increase in the number of Hoosier tech workers and in their skill-level if Indiana is to maintain its position as a leader in key economic sectors and to continue growing its reputation as a tech innovator, according to a new report “Seismic Shifts in the Talent Landscape: 2023 TechPoint Indiana Tech Workforce Report.” TechPoint, Indiana’s industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s digital innovation economy and overall tech ecosystem, today released its inaugural workforce report, which outlines current conditions and calls on Indiana tech sector leaders, employers and community stakeholders to work together to overcome its issues. See the full report here. “The challenges we outline are not unique to Indiana, but what is unique is our history of collaborating to overcome huge issues,” said TechPoint President and CEO [...]

TechPoint announces 2023 executive committee and personnel changes

2023-01-24T09:46:37-05:00January 24, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS — (January 24, 2023) — TechPoint, Indiana’s industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s digital innovation economy and overall tech ecosystem, today announced its new executive committee and recent personnel changes. “Going into what some predict will be a nationally challenging economy, the Indiana tech community is well positioned but must continue to focus together on important challenges like access to talent, capital and the resources needed to encourage digital innovation,” said TechPoint President and CEO Ting Gootee. “Fortunately, we have the leadership and team necessary to provide support and drive innovation.” The organization’s executive committee will continue to be led by Cummins’ Chief Digital Officer Sherry Aaholm and will also include the following members. Asterisks denote those new to the executive committee. Latoya Botteron, president and chief financial officer, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership* Aman Brar, general partner, Ground Game Ventures [...]

IBJ: Indiana Life Sciences Companies Raise Record $620M in 2022

2023-01-24T09:15:14-05:00January 24, 2023|

A recent article in the Indianapolis Business Journal by reporter John Russell, shows that Indiana’s healthcare and life sciences sector, often hailed as a key driver of the state’s economy, landed a record $619.8 million in venture funding last year, a hefty increase over the previous record, set a year earlier. Data provided by CICP's life sciences initiative BioCrossroads also shows that the amount of funding raised is 43% larger than the previous record of $433 million, set in 2021. According to the story, thirty-seven companies signed 40 deals last year for venture funding, for an average deal amount of $15.5 million. That is an improvement from the year before, when 39 companies signed deals worth an average amount of $11.1 million. [READ MORE] (Sources: Indianapolis Business Journal, BioCrossroads)

Celebrating CICP and our initiatives on a transformational 2022 – WATCH

2023-01-17T15:58:14-05:00January 17, 2023|

For CICP and our five talent and industry sector initiatives (AgriNovus Indiana, Ascend Indiana, BioCrossroads, Conexus Indiana and TechPoint), 2022 was a transformational year with many big achievements. Dedication to the region’s prosperity and growth is the mission of CICP and that continued to be evident in the work of the organization and our initiatives as each one helped to drive Indiana’s economy forward. Take a look back at some of the major milestones of the past year. [WATCH]  

IndyStar: TechPoint’s CEO on her job and challenges of growing Indiana’s tech sector

2023-01-13T15:40:16-05:00January 13, 2023|

In a recent IndyStar article, reporter Alexandria Burris sat down with new TechPoint President and CEO Ting Gootee to talk about the key areas of growth in the tech sector. Gootee says tech workers and digital innovation are two of the key elements to the growth of the Indiana economy, especially in advanced industry sectors such as agriculture, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and logistics. Gootee, who was named to the new role in 2022, wants Indiana to keep pace with tech job growth by adding 41,000 tech workers by 2030. [READ MORE] (Source: IndyStar)

Ascend Indiana’s Stephanie Bothun Named 2023 Presidential Leadership Scholar

2023-01-13T09:06:04-05:00January 13, 2023|

Stephanie Bothun, vice president and co-founder of Ascend Indiana, has been named one of 60 Scholars who will form the Presidential Leadership Scholars’ (PLS) eighth annual class. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought togethe r to collaborate and create meaningful change in the United States and around the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson and their administrations. The class was selected after a rigorous application and review process. Scholars were chosen based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a critical challenge or need in a community, profession, or organization. Bothun co-founded Ascend Indiana, an initiative of [...]

Office of Career and Technical Education opens applications for Education Readiness Grants; Partners with Conexus Indiana and TechPoint

2023-01-12T10:43:34-05:00January 12, 2023|

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE), in partnership with Conexus Indiana and TechPoint, has opened applications for Education Readiness Grants, which provide funding for selected schools to implement high school CTE programs in high-demand career fields, specifically advanced manufacturing and information technology. The grant aims to strengthen partnerships between industry and local schools, while increasing student access to opportunities in these career fields. Schools seeking to implement or expand select programs of study in advanced manufacturing and information technology are eligible to apply. Applications are available here and open through February 15. Grant recipients must demonstrate a direct connection with local employers in advanced manufacturing or information technology with the goal of recruiting more students to CTE and graduating job-ready students with experience and credentials needed by local employers. Schools using Education Readiness Grants must [...]

TechPoint acquires, expands and rebrands Indy CIO Network to Indiana CIO Network 

2023-01-03T08:39:36-05:00December 21, 2022|

INDIANAPOLIS — (December 21, 2022) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem, has taken over management of a networking organization. For more than 10 years, this group has helped Hoosier tech executives learn, collaborate and lead tech innovation in companies across central Indiana. Launched by author, speaker and IT leader Jeff Ton as the Indy CIO Network, the networking group catered to Chief Information Officers (CIO) in Central Indiana and grew from a 2011 lunch gathering with a handful colleagues. “We ‘talked shop’ and exchanged ideas at that first meeting about how to approach various workplace information technology challenges, and it was so valuable that we decided we needed to meet every month and later added dinner events to keep each other up on the latest issues and trends,” Ton said. “It’s only [...]

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