Conexus Indiana J. Mark Howell: Pandemic Lessons Will Leave Us Stronger

2021-04-08T18:16:01-04:00April 5, 2021|

J. Mark Howell, president and CEO, Conexus Indiana A little over a year ago, Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics companies were preparing for another banner year. A key contributor in Indiana’s 10 straight years of record economic expansion, the sector was growing, but also critically assessing itself to ensure it would be positioned to fuel the state’s economy well into the future. We know what happened next: As a result of the global pandemic, we all learned new definitions for the word “essential.” [READ MORE] (Sources: J. Mark Howell, president and CEO, Conexus Indiana, Inside INdiana Business)

IIB Perspectives: Indy Autonomous Challenge Takes Another Step in IMS History

2021-04-08T18:14:15-04:00April 5, 2021|

In spring 1909, four businessmen had a vision to build an automobile testing ground to support Indiana’s growing automotive industry. The goal was to provide a proving ground to test and improve cars, tires, driving surfaces and to promote Indianapolis as a leader in a newly developing industry. More than 112 years later, that mission continues with the Indy Autonomous Challenge. On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, on the same 2.5 miles that brought everyday commuters many important automotive features like the rear-view mirror and strong, durable tires, the Speedway will facilitate another collective step toward the future of transportation with the world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race, held in conjunction with Energy Systems Network. [READ MORE] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Energy Systems Network, Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

IIB: A New Model is Helping to Develop Workforce Development Strategies to Fill Talent Gaps

2021-04-05T16:44:54-04:00February 17, 2021|

In a recent Inside INdiana Business Perspectives article Jason Kloth, president and CEO of Ascend Indiana, and Claire Fiddian-Green, president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, discuss a 21st century talent model that can be replicated by employers to help fill a shortage of in-demand skilled workers. The free online Talent Pipeline Replication Toolkit was developed by Ascend Indiana and funded by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. [READ MORE] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Ascend Indiana)  

IIB: EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana Launch Modern Apprenticeship

2021-04-05T16:50:33-04:00February 4, 2021|

On a recent episode of Inside INdiana Business, EmployIndy Chief Strategy Officer Marie Mackintosh and Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez spoke with Gerry Dick about an exciting opportunity for high school students to prepare for the workforce thanks to a new apprenticeship model launched by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana. The organizations have started Modern Apprenticeship, a paid work-based learning experience that helps students earn a high school diploma, college credits and professional work experience. [WATCH] Read press release. [READ MORE]

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 [...]

Brookings Institution: An Individualized Network for Connecting Talent With Jobs in Central Indiana

2021-04-05T16:45:58-04:00October 22, 2020|

The Brookings Institution has written a case study featuring the innovative program created by CICP talent and workforce development initiative Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy that provides a central location for dislocated workers to connect with available jobs or training opportunities.  The Rapid Re-Employment Response plan is a coordinated effort by the Regional Workforce Partnership (RWP) comprised of nonprofits, employers, state agencies, and community organizations. At the request of Mayor Joe Hogsett, the RWP has turned its collaborative efforts toward a unified plan to assist residents of Indianapolis in getting back to work as quickly and safely as possible. [READ MORE]  

IIB: AgriNovus Indiana launches Field Atlas for students

2021-04-05T16:50:46-04:00September 21, 2020|

In a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, AgriNovus Indiana President and CEO Mitch Frazier talked about Field Atlas, the initiative's online tool for high school and college students curious about the kinds of diverse professions in the growing Indiana agbioscience industry. Students also have access to employer profiles designed to educate students about a wide range of professions they could pursue from plant biologist to data scientist. [WATCH] Read full press release. [READ MORE] (Source: Inside INdiana Business, AgriNovus Indiana)

IIB: Ascend Indiana and EmployIndy launch Rapid Re-Employment Response

2021-04-05T16:46:08-04:00August 31, 2020|

More than 120,000 residents in Marion County filed for unemployment between March and June due to COVID-19, but a new resource launched by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana provides a central location for those dislocated workers to connect with available jobs or training opportunities. Job seekers will log into an online technology platform called the Ascend Network. Then, the job seeker will follow a streamlined process to connect with needed career services and get individualized support to help them find meaningful employment or training. On a recent edition of Inside INdiana Business, Gerry Dick interviewed Ascend Indiana President and CEO Jason Kloth, EmployIndy President and CEO Angela Carr-Klitzsch and Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Angela Smith-Jones about how the program works.[WATCH] (Source: Inside INdiana Business)

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 [...]

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