Business Equity for Indy launches free membership program

2023-07-20T08:57:49-04:00July 20, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (July 20, 2023) – Business Equity for Indy (BEI), a collective of local organizations committed to advancing racial equity and driving results for Black residents and residents of color, announces a new, free membership program. Through the new, free membership program, organizations will transparently share their commitment to and progress toward advancing racial equity. It is also an opportunity to join a collective, like-minded effort to learn best practices and find new resources to support their strategies for equity and inclusion. “We are thrilled to introduce our membership program, which is a critical catalyst for change in Indianapolis. By joining forces with Business Equity for Indy, organizations can make a tangible impact in addressing racial disparities while unlocking the immense potential that diversity and inclusion bring to their businesses,” said Jeffrey Harrison, chair of Business Equity for Indy and [...]

Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and initiative leaders named to the IBJ Indiana 250 list of most influential business leaders in Indiana

2023-07-20T07:45:10-04:00July 20, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (July 20, 2023) – The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) is announcing that its CEO and four of its talent and industry sector initiative leaders have been named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s prestigious list of the 250 most influential business leaders in Indiana. The list represents the people who are making an undeniable impact on the state. Named to the list from CICP are the following: Melina Kennedy, CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Mitch Frazier, president and CEO, AgriNovus Indiana Jason Kloth, president and CEO, Ascend Indiana Fred Cartwright, president and CEO, Conexus Indiana Ting Gootee, president and CEO, TechPoint Some of the groundbreaking projects CICP and its initiatives have been involved in include the creation of the 16 Tech Innovation District, the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Business Equity for Indy, the Indiana GPS Project, the Indiana Seed [...]

IIB: Grads: Stay Open to Possibilities; Stay in Indiana for Opportunities

2023-07-11T16:02:41-04:00July 11, 2023|

Graduations of all shapes and sizes – kindergarten, middle school, high school, certificate programs, and universities have just happened, leading students to their next chapter in life. Regardless of your age, I wonder if you knew exactly what you wanted to do when you graduated from high school or even what you want to do right now. Or, if you have the exact job tied to exactly what you studied. Too many people think that once they earn their degree, they need to know precisely what job they will be in now, in the near future and even down the road. But for most people, so much can change and keeping an open mind and thinking broadly about what the future holds can make all the difference in the world. CICP CEO Melina Kennedy offers more in this Inside INdiana Business Perspectives piece. [READ [...]

Nearly 60% of Hoosiers have engaged in entrepreneurship; more than 12% are business owners, according to new survey

2023-07-18T10:44:25-04:00June 27, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 27, 2023) – New research from NORC at the University of Chicago finds that more than half of all Hoosiers have participated in at least one entrepreneurial activity, which includes involvement in or steps toward business ownership or freelancing. However, the survey shows that current business planners and other potential entrepreneurs could benefit from more resources and support. The data comes from Entrepreneurship in the Population: Indiana (EPOP-IN), a survey commissioned by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). “A thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem is a critical part of having a dynamic economy. We wanted to dive into some of the motivations that drive business owners,” said Melina Kennedy, CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. “Likewise, we wanted to identify reasons that people are hesitant to start new businesses so we can find more resources and ways to encourage entrepreneurial growth.” [...]

Purdue University and Indiana University Officially Split IUPUI

2023-07-13T08:08:43-04:00June 14, 2023|

(Photo courtesy: Purdue University) On June 14, 2023, Purdue University trustees and Indiana University trustees simultaneously approved the agreements that will effectively dissolve Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on June 30, 2024. At the same time, Purdue University established Purdue University in Indianapolis, that will consist of multiple locations around the city providing degrees from Purdue University West Lafayette. The urban campus will assume responsibility for the existing engineering, computer science and technology programs at IUPUI. Purdue also plans to grow several other colleges and departments in Indianapolis including the Daniels School of Business, Pharmacy, Health and Human Sciences, Science and Agriculture. [READ MORE] Indiana University (IU) established Indiana University Indianapolis. Following the joint announcement, IU announced that it plans to double enrollment in key tech-focused academic programs; invest in expanded research and laboratory space; and expand the [...]

Central Indiana Corporate Partnership elects new chair of the Board of Directors and names new Executive Committee members

2023-05-04T07:04:00-04:00May 4, 2023|

Sue Ellspermann, president, Ivy Tech Community College, and chair of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Board of Directors. INDIANAPOLIS (May 4, 2023) – The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), which brings together the chief executives of the region’s prominent corporations, foundations and universities, has named a new chair of the board of directors and new executive committee members for 2023. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech Community College, was elected chair of the board of directors at the April board meeting. Bryan Mills, president and CEO of Community Health Network, will continue to serve as vice chair and treasurer. In addition, David Ricks, chairman and CEO, Eli Lilly and Company, and Jennifer Rumsey, president and CEO, Cummins, have joined the executive committee. The CICP Executive Committee for 2023 (effective July 25, 2023): Chair – Sue Ellspermann, president, Ivy [...]

CICP releases 2022 annual report

2023-04-19T10:17:45-04:00April 19, 2023|

CICP has released its 2022 annual report, marking a year of significant change for the organization. CICP marked many milestones including a transition of leadership. After ten years at the helm of CICP, David L. Johnson retired at the end of the year. Named as his successor was former Cummins executive Melina Kennedy. She assumed the role of CEO while Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Latoya Botteron was promoted to president. She also retained her role as CFO. CICP’s five talent and industry sector initiatives AgriNovus Indiana, Ascend Indiana, BioCrossroads, Conexus Indiana and TechPoint continued to make a positive impact on their sectors and attracting and retaining top talent. 2022 saw CICP and all of its initiatives come together for the IN ADVANCE Summit to educate high school and early-in-career talent about the advanced industries that drive [...]

IIB: 16 Tech CEO: Bridge Project has Great Meaning

2023-04-03T08:15:23-04:00April 3, 2023|

Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick and Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman go in-depth with 16 Tech President and CEO Emily Krueger and other dignitaries, including Mayor Joe Hogsett, at the groundbreaking of the 16 Tech community bridge. The structure itself is billed as the first-of-its-kind in the United States, a bridge that will have more room for people than cars and serve as a new signature piece to showcase the downtown Indianapolis skyline. Krueger said connecting the district to the new IU Indianapolis and Purdue Indianapolis campuses will also be critical to the state’s talent attraction efforts. [WATCH]   Bridge Groundbreaking: March 28, 2023 Completion: Summer 2024 Cost: $20 million

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