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 [...]

IIB: CICP, Cummins CEOs talk about safe return-to-work playbooks

2021-01-14T11:10:15-05:00May 18, 2020|

On a recent edition of Inside INdiana Business (IIB) host Gerry Dick interviewed CICP President and CEO David Johnson and Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger about the three safe return-to-work playbooks for various economic sectors. The playbooks were developed and released as a collaboration between CICP and Cummins with the focus on restarting the economy the right way. 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 our Hoosier workers safe so they can restart the state WATCH the interview HERE.

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 [...]

CICP Closes Office; Employees to Work from Home

2021-04-05T16:48:40-04:00March 16, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2020) - Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19, but in an abundance of caution we have decided to take additional measures to ensure our risk remains low and to respond to community calls for social distancing that can help block additional spread of the virus. CICP has closed its offices but is continuing operations, as employees work from home. When making these difficult decisions, we continue to take into consideration guidelines from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, along with recommendations from the City of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana, and our stakeholders. As always, the health and safety of our employees and their families are our top priorities. CICP and our initiatives AgriNovus Indiana, Ascend Indiana, BioCrossroads, Conexus Indiana, Energy Systems Network, and [...]

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