Fred Cartwright, long-time auto industry executive and hybrid technology pioneer, named Conexus Indiana President and CEO

2021-07-12T08:39:12-04:00July 12, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (July 12, 2021) – Fred Cartwright, former General Motors executive and past executive director of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), has been named president and CEO of Conexus Indiana, a statewide organization dedicated to strengthening Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics industries. Cartwright succeeds retiring president and CEO J. Mark Howell, who has led Conexus since late 2017. Cartwright has spent his career in manufacturing innovation leadership positions, with an emphasis on automotive technology commercialization, business development, public/private partnerships and leading-edge research park development. He assumes the role of Conexus Indiana president and CEO on July 12, 2021. An Indiana native, Cartwright graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and from Butler University with a master's degree in business administration. He began his career with Allison Transmission, where [...]

Energy Systems Network and the Indy Autonomous Challenge complete major milestone and congratulate winning IAC university teams participating in the $150,000 Ansys IAC Simulation Race

2021-07-01T15:26:24-04:00June 30, 2021|

Winning team PoliMOVE and runner-up TUM Autonomous Motorsport are joined by Energy Systems Network President and CEO Paul Mitchell. INDIANAPOLIS (June 30, 2021) -- The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a $1.5 million university prize competition to advance autonomous technologies for increased safety and performance, completed a major milestone today when 17 of its 30 university teams competed in the final Ansys IAC Simulation Race. The race can be viewed on the IAC website. PoliMOVE took first place and was awarded $100,000 (USD); and TUM Autonomous Motorsport was awarded $50,000 (USD) as the runner-up. PoliMOVE, hailing from Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Milan, Lombardy, Italy, is part of the MOVE research team from the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingengeria (DEIB) at POLIMI which is the largest school of architecture, design and engineering in Italy. TUM Autonomous Motorsport, from Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Bavaria, [...]

AgriNovus Indiana launches Innovation Challenge to inspire tech to make carbon markets more accessible to farmers

2021-06-24T09:35:09-04:00June 24, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 23, 2021) — AgriNovus Indiana, the initiative to advance Indiana’s agbioscience economy, launched a $25,000 innovation challenge today for the tech community to solve a critical data gap that prevents farmers from participating in Carbon markets, where companies purchase credits from farming operations that sequester Carbon. Presented by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance, the 2021 Producer-Led Innovation Challenge seeks to inspire innovators to create software to make it faster for farmers to aggregate the complex multi-year, multi-source data sets required to participate in Carbon markets. “Carbon markets are emerging as an opportunity to increase net farm income by paying Producers for stewardship of the land,” said Mitch Frazier, president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. “The Producer-Led Innovation Challenge empowers innovators with a Producer view of the current Carbon market challenge and provides a $25,000 grand [...]

Business Equity for Indy (BEI): Beyond the Logo Contest – Winners to be announced Aug. 6

2021-07-16T11:52:08-04:00June 23, 2021|

The Business Equity for Indy (BEI) initiative "Beyond the Logo" contest is now closed. Winners will be announced on August 6, 2021. We thank everyone who submitted a logo. Over the past year, the global pandemic has challenged us in ways that we did not think possible. For Black people and other communities of color, those challenges have been heightened by preexisting racial disparities and inequities. For others, these compounding issues have created a call for meaningful action and immediate progress toward racial equity. Businesses are stepping up with a strengthened commitment to make concrete changes to the way they do business in an effort to advance racial equity around our region. The Business Equity for Indy (BEI) initiative, a joint venture between the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and the Indy Chamber in collaboration with the Indianapolis Urban League, [...]

Toyota Mobility Foundation, Energy Systems Network and May Mobility inaugurate free autonomous shuttle service in Indianapolis

2021-06-23T13:22:10-04:00June 22, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 22, 2021) - The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Energy Systems Network (ESN), and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), have joined with May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, to inaugurate the launch of a free autonomous shuttle service in Central Indiana. The service, a part of TMF’s Together in Motion Indiana, began on June 1, 2021 and serves the downtown Indianapolis and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) communities. Together in Motion is an initiative bringing stakeholders together to test the interoperability of mobility innovations and facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods. The autonomous shuttle service supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Sustainable Cities and Communities goal (#11), as well as Toyota’s commitment to providing Mobility for All. “At May Mobility, our mission is to bring safe, accessible, and [...]

Conexus Indiana honors Albert Chen, Telamon Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, with 2021 Andre B. Lacy Vanguard Award

2021-06-23T13:22:24-04:00June 18, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 18, 2021) Albert Chen, Telamon Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, has been named the 2021 Andre B. Lacy Vanguard Award recipient, joining an exclusive group of industry leaders recognized for extraordinary leadership and impact. Conexus Indiana presents the Vanguard Award each year to a Hoosier leader who champions the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries, models civic and philanthropic leadership and demonstrates a visionary perspective that challenges the status quo. The award is named in honor of philanthropist and business leader Andre B. Lacy who left a large footprint on Indiana as a third-generation leader of his family business, Lacy Diversified Industries Ltd. (LDI). He passed away in November 2017. Previous winners of the Vanguard Award, now in its fourth year, include F. Joseph Loughrey, former president of Cummins Inc. and a founding member of Conexus Indiana, [...]

Manufacturing Readiness Grants extended through 2023, $20M available for Hoosier manufacturers 

2021-06-14T07:35:05-04:00June 10, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 10, 2021) – Applications for the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program, which was launched to stimulate private sector investments to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing sector, have re-opened to Indiana manufacturers across the state. Administered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) in partnership with Conexus Indiana, this program has been extended through June 2023 with matching grants available to help respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic and position Hoosier operations for future growth and prosperity. "The response we received from Indiana businesses to the Manufacturing Readiness Grant program is proof Indiana companies want to modernize and set themselves up for a successful future,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "With one in five Hoosiers working in the advanced manufacturing industry, this funding can truly go a long way to promote future innovation and provide more quality career opportunities for Hoosiers across the [...]

Ascend Indiana, IEDC to build on the Indy Autonomous Challenge to attract and retain top tech talent

2021-05-25T12:48:15-04:00May 25, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2021) ─ Ascend Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) are partnering to help attract and retain participants in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) in order to meet a growing need for tech talent in the state’s advanced industries. More than 500 students from 40 universities in 14 U.S. states and 11 countries, including two from Indiana, signed up to compete in the IAC. The IAC is the world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taking place on Oct. 23, 2021. The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership’s (CICP) energy technology initiative Energy Systems Network, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are organizing the competition, which has a $1.5 million prize purse and has attracted the best and brightest university students and advisors from around the world. The IAC event enables participants to engage in [...]

David Johnson: Indiana has everything to gain from Endless Frontier Act

2021-05-19T21:41:04-04:00May 17, 2021|

In a recent op-ed published in the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ), David Johnson, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) talks about why Indiana has everything to gain from the Endless Frontier Act. The Act is visionary bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Indiana Senator Todd Young and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that would authorize the federal government to invest more than $9 billion in accelerating regional technology hubs throughout the country. [READ MORE] (Source: Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ), CICP)  

EmployIndy, Ascend Indiana celebrate inaugural cohort of Modern Apprenticeship program at MAP Signing Day

2021-05-19T21:42:51-04:00May 15, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2021) – This morning at Ben Davis High School, 26 Central Indiana high school sophomores signed the Modern Apprenticeship certificate of acceptance to work as apprentices for 16 local employer partners*, piloting the first-ever cohort of EmployIndy’s Central Indiana youth apprenticeship program, Modern Apprenticeship. Of the 100+ students that expressed interest, these 26 apprentices were chosen among their peers to participate in Modern Apprenticeship, a two- to three-year paid experience launched in coordination with Ascend Indiana in Fall 2020. EmployIndy, Marion County’s workforce development board, and Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), actively support the apprentices, employers, and general programmatic outcomes for Modern Apprenticeship. For the apprentices, the journey will officially kick off this summer as they attend a bootcamp to develop their employability skills and start their jobs [...]

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