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 [...]

WSJ: How Eli Lilly Developed a COVID Drug in the Pandemic’s Long Shadow

2021-01-14T11:10:14-05:00November 13, 2020|

A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article outlines the unusual and extraordinary steps one of CICP's board member companies Eli Lilly and Co. had to take to develop a new antibody-based drug for COVID-19 that has now been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use. The article states "What Lilly has gone through to get to this point reflects not only the common challenges all businesses face in the pandemic, but also unique ones that push drugmakers to the limit of their ability to operate." The WSJ article has been republished and can be found HERE.

Indiana to Accelerate R&D, Skills Training at New Smart Manufacturing Center in 16 Tech

2021-01-14T11:10:14-05:00October 30, 2020|

Indiana Economic Development Corporation Press Release INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 28, 2020) – Indiana will launch a new smart manufacturing hub next year to support the long-term growth of the state's manufacturing industry, which is a key driver of Indiana's economy. The new facility, which Governor Eric J. Holcomb first announced in May under the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) initiative, will be home to GE Additive's state-of-the-art Binder Jet technology, allowing innovators, startups and manufacturers to advance research and development (R&D) and 21st century skills training in smart manufacturing. “Every day, Indiana manufacturers are developing safe, reliable and innovative products that help power the world,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “As new trends and technologies change the state of today’s manufacturing industry, Indiana is focused on partnering with forward-thinking organizations like GE Additive and advancing strategic initiatives to propel long-term growth [...]

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 [...]

IIB: 16 Tech Innovation District hits major milestone; opens Innovation Building 1

2021-01-14T11:10:14-05:00August 10, 2020|

On Inside INdiana Business hosted by Gerry Dick, the show dedicated a half hour to featuring the important milestones and aspects of the $500 million, 50-acre 16 Tech Innovation District located northwest of downtown Indianapolis. Among those he talked with were CICP President and CEO David Johnson, who leads the organization that spearheaded the 16 Tech project, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and 16 Tech President and CEO Bob Coy. 16 Tech, which just opened its first building, Innovation Building 1, will become an economic driver and talent attraction for Indianapolis. CICP President and CEO David Johnson talks about the rich history of the area and why it is founded on innovation. [WATCH] Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard talks about the history of 16 Tech.  [WATCH] Bob Coy, president and CEO of 16 Tech, talks about the  significant milestone of opening [...]

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 [...]

Indianapolis Recorder: A new dawn in Indy’s economy. Will you be a part of it?

2021-01-14T11:10:14-05:00July 9, 2020|

In a recent edition of the Indianapolis Recorder, Starla Hart, the director of community initiatives at 16 Tech Community Corporation and contributor for the Indianapolis Recorder, published the first in a series of articles intended to ensure that neighboring residents and minority owned businesses understand that they are an important part of 16 Tech's growth. [READ MORE] (Source: Indianapolis Recorder)

IndyStar: Some states are seeing coronavirus cases skyrocket. We’re not. At least not yet. Why?

2021-01-14T11:10:14-05:00June 30, 2020|

A recent IndyStar article examined reasons why Indiana (so far) has had a more successful reopening than many other states. Mark Muro, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution, sees the coalition of business, academic and philanthropic leaders that make up the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership as a contributing factor. In particular, he points to the three safe return-to-work playbooks developed by CICP, it's initiatives, Cummins and many of CICP's member organizations. While other states and entities elsewhere have put together reopening playbooks, very few have the degree of precision found in these documents, Muro said. “…the detail levels set in these private sector checklists in Indiana I think sets a standard.” [READ INDYSTAR ARTICLE]

16 Tech Shortlists Six Firms for Design of Signature Bridge, Entrances and Wayfinding Project

2021-01-14T11:10:14-05:00June 24, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS – A shortlist of six firms has been chosen to advance to the next stage in 16 Tech Community Corporation’s process to select a design team for a bridge that will serve as an architectural centerpiece for downtown Indianapolis and the 16 Tech Innovation District. The six lead designers, selected from a field of 33 design teams made up of local, national and international firms that responded to a public Request for Qualifications (RFQ) earlier this year, are globally recognized for their architecture, engineering and urban development work. The six finalists are: Behnisch Architekten Kennedy & Violich Architecture MVRDV NADAAA schlaich bergermann partner Snøhetta The RFQ sought the best firms from around the world to design a new bridge for pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles that will span Fall Creek from 10th Street and Riley Hospital Drive, connecting Indianapolis’ nationally [...]

IndyStar: Extraordinary spring brings leaders forward in remarkable ways

2021-01-14T11:10:14-05:00June 4, 2020|

CICP President and CEO David L. Johnson's Op-Ed originally appearing in the IndyStar. “Moving at the speed of business” is the memorable catchphrase coined by one of our region’s leading employers at the dawn of the 21st Century. Never has that phrase better described how quickly—and how well—Indiana’s corporate and philanthropic community can respond to dramatically changing circumstance. COVID-19 seemed to come out of nowhere; it appears to be planning to stay with us for some time, perhaps until the end of 2021, maybe even beyond. At the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), a collaborative organization bringing together the CEOs of some of the state’s most prominent corporations, universities, and philanthropic foundations, several of our business leaders were among the first to recognize the moment. They moved quickly to close the traditional workplace, and then organized work from home following [...]

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