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, [...]

CICP Releases 2020 Annual Report

2021-05-05T06:35:32-04:00April 15, 2021|

As we all know, 2020 was an extraordinary year on many fronts. However, CICP and its six talent and industry sector initiatives continued to make huge strides throughout some very challenging times. That work to advance our regional and statewide economies is showcased in the 2020 CICP Annual Report. “I’ve led this organization for eight years and have never been so proud of the work that CICP, our six initiatives, and our members working in collaboration with the CICP team have managed to accomplish,” said David L. Johnson, president and CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). View the 2020 CICP Annual Report HERE: (Note: The report is meant to be viewed as a two-page spread. Downloading the report will provide that view.)

CICP Elects New Executive Committee Members

2021-04-05T16:48:39-04:00January 14, 2021|

Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO, Cummins and CICP Chair INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 14, 2021) – The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), which brings together the chief executives of the region’s prominent corporations, foundations and universities, has named new executive committee members for 2021. Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins, was elected chair of the board at the December board meeting. Bryan Mills, president and CEO of Community Health Network, will continue to serve as vice chair and has also assumed the role of treasurer. In addition, Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College, joined the Executive Committee. The CICP Executive Committee for 2021 is: Chair – Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO, Cummins Vice Chair/Treasurer – Bryan Mills, president and CEO, Community Health Network Secretary – Steve Ferguson, chairman, Cook Group At-Large – Gail Boudreaux, president and CEO, [...]

City, ESN, philanthropic partners announce network pilot to connect Marion County students with high-speed internet in an era of eLearning

2021-04-05T16:48:39-04:00December 15, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS – COVID-19 has forced the closure of Indianapolis schools until early January, but significant numbers of families struggle to access remote instruction because they lack high-speed internet at home. To help bridge this connectivity gap and build toward a comprehensive solution, the City of Indianapolis is helping support the launch of a $1.7 million network pilot to connect students at six public schools with high-speed internet to enable eLearning. If proven successful in the pilot stage, the Marion County Dedicated Network Pilot could be scaled up to serve public school students countywide as soon as early 2022. The City is funding the pilot with $730,000 in federal CARES Act funding, which is dedicated to offsetting the impacts of the pandemic. The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation contributed $500,000, and Lilly Endowment Inc. contributed $330,000, with the remaining $100,000 coming from [...]

Groundbreaking statewide research project examining Indiana’s economy and workforce will provide recommendations for improved economic future

2021-04-05T16:48:39-04:00November 19, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 19, 2020) -- The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) is coordinating a groundbreaking statewide research project about the condition of Indiana’s economy and workforce, including the impact of COVID-19 and how regional economies are faring. The Indiana GPS Project is a series of multi-dimensional reports on Indiana’s economy. It is designed to inform public policy and business priorities that will spur economic growth, including recommendations about how to increase the number of good jobs available to Hoosiers. The research project, which began in August 2019, is being spearheaded by CICP and conducted in collaboration with Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Four reports will be issued between November 2020 and the beginning of 2021. And a new website  (, which includes some key state and regional data about job growth, productivity, and advanced [...]

Local corporate leaders form Business Equity for Indy initiative to address racial inequities in Central Indiana

2021-04-05T16:48:39-04:00October 8, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS – A collection of leaders from the corporate and non-profit communities in Central Indiana have formed the Business Equity for Indy Committee. The committee, a joint venture of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and Indy Chamber, with support from the Indianapolis Urban League, is comprised of a group of Indianapolis-based corporate leaders committed to advancing a fairer and more inclusive future for the city’s Black population and other peoples of color. Informed by community input, the Business Equity for Indy Committee will develop a set of proposed business actions and engagements to address inequities in business opportunities for communities of color. “We are seeing a strong group of corporate leaders in Central Indiana come forward with a shared passion and determination to move the needle on racial inequity,” said David Johnson, president and CEO of CICP. “It is [...]

Statement: Central Indiana business leaders in support of Governor Holcomb’s mask mandate

2021-04-05T16:48:40-04:00July 24, 2020|

Statement of Support: We, leaders from the business community throughout Indiana, endorse Governor Holcomb’s decision to mandate wearing masks in public places for all Hoosiers, effective July 27, 2020, in response to the continuing challenges of COVID-19. All organizations and people in the state have a role to play in mitigating the spread of this dangerous and disruptive disease, which shows few signs of abating. The Governor’s announcement reinforces what many of us are already doing in our own organizations -- requiring the use of masks in the workplace. We are grateful for the Governor’s careful and caring leadership here. This is a prudent step to take to promote everyone’s safety, especially as our youngest citizens prepare to return to school. Hoosiers should indeed “mask up” and support this wise decision. Statement participants: Gail K. Boudreaux President and Chief Executive [...]

CICP publishes three return-to-work playbooks for manufacturing, logistics and warehousing, office environments and service-related companies

2021-04-05T16:48:40-04:00May 12, 2020|

WATCH - CICP President and CEO David Johnson and Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger talk with Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick about the three safe return-to-work playbooks. INDIANAPOLIS (May 12, 2020) – The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) has released three return-to-work playbooks for the manufacturing, logistics and warehousing, office, and customer-facing settings. These practical and comprehensive guides were produced by CICP, in partnership with Cummins Inc. CEO Tom Linebarger and members of Cummins’ global team, working together with other regional business leaders. The three playbooks are: Safe Return to Work for Indiana’s Manufacturing, Logistics, and Warehousing Sectors: Keeping our Hoosier workers safe so they can restart the state Safe Return to Work for Indiana’s Office Environments: Keeping our Hoosier workers safe so they can restart the state Safe Return to Work for Indiana’s Sales and Service Operations: Keeping [...]

Statement: Marion County business leaders in support of Mayor Hogsett’s stay-at-home extension

2021-04-05T16:48:40-04:00May 6, 2020|

May 6, 2020 Statement from Marion County Business Leaders: As leaders of Central Indiana business, community and healthcare organizations, we support the difficult decision by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett to extend until May 15 Marion County’s stay-at-home order in response to COVID-19. Putting public health first, utilizing data-driven approaches, and acting upon guidance from local public health officials, necessitates a different response in densely populated Marion County than in the majority of the rest of the state. Our community’s frontline healthcare heroes have performed inspirationally and admirably in meeting the pandemic challenge. Still, Marion County, with 14% of the state’s population, has seen nearly one-third of all Indiana COVID-19 cases, and suffered nearly one-third of all statewide COVID-19 deaths, with an incidence rate continuing for new cases at nearly three-times the rate elsewhere in the state. And though County patient [...]

CICP, key stakeholders develop safe return to work playbook for manufacturing, logistics, warehouse sectors

2021-04-05T16:48:40-04:00April 30, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (April 30, 2020) – Today, Safe Return to Work for Indiana’s Manufacturing, Logistics, and Warehousing Sectors: Keeping our Hoosier workers safe so they can restart the state was released to share best practices of Indiana companies and others around the world in this unprecedented time. It identifies recommendations and best practices from public health experts and organizations, as well as other officials, to assist Hoosier employers both in continuing to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and in restarting operations. The edition distributed today is focused on the manufacturing, logistics and warehousing organizations, and includes two primary sections: Key Decisions to Consider Prior to Restarting Your Workplace: Describes for employers the four key principles they will need to consider as they seek to re-open their operations following the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order and temporary closures. Key Components of a Safe Return to [...]

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