Newsletter: January News from ROI

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Growing potential and possibility in the Indiana Uplands
READI 2.0 Update
The Indiana Uplands is Ready for READI 2.0!
The Indiana Uplands is gearing up to submit its application for READI 2.0. In case you’ve missed it, Lilly Endowment recently announced a $250 million commitment for READI, increasing the total available READI 2.0 funding to $750 million! The Indiana Uplands will compete with 14 other regions for up to $75 million to develop projects that will make our region an even more attractive place for people to live, work, and grow. We are grateful to everyone who has assisted us in developing the region’s READI 2.0 application and hosting members of the IEDC’s READI team to tour our region. READ MORE »
Industry Update
First microelectronics apprenticeship begins in Indiana Uplands region
Washington High School recently announced a partnership with Reliable MicroSystems to create the first microelectronics youth apprenticeship in Indiana. “As the microelectronics industry expands in the Indiana Uplands region, multiple opportunities for partnerships with UpSkill, area schools, and employers will emerge. Reliable MicroSystems is paving the way for more students, like Xavier Frank, to gain work experience, on-the-job training, and exposure to career opportunities that align with the national security and defense sector.”READ MORE »
READI 1.0 Project Update
New workforce housing development in Jasper adding 64 rental units
When completed, Jasper’s University Heights Apartments, an affordable workforce housing development near Vincennes University Jasper Campus, will feature six buildings and 64 rental units. The READI-funded housing development is being built in two phases and is already home to a variety of tenants. Employees at local businesses, young professionals, college students, and retirees are some of the newest tenants leasing in the first phase of University Heights apartments.READ MORE »
Education Innovations
Tech Park Talent Talk to highlight UpSkill, defense certificate programs
On February 13, Regional Opportunity Initiatives will sponsor the Tech Park Talent Talk at WestGate Academy to present the ROI’s UpSkill Work and Learn high school youth apprenticeship program and Ivy Tech’s Department of Defense Logistics certificate program. Defense contractors, NSWC Crane talent acquisition teams, school administrators, employers, and the general public interested in learning more about these programs are all invited to attend the event.REGISTER HERE »
Community News
Play (pickle)ball!: New courts added in region as sport popularity soars
Pickleball is gaining popularity with new courts popping up throughout the country – and the Indiana Uplands is no different. The region is home to a mixture of both indoor and outdoor courts, allowing players to serve up all year long. To date, the Indiana Uplands has a total of 70 pickleball courts, with 17 added just in the last year. Want to play? Read on to find our list of pickleball courts in the Indiana Uplands.READ MORE »
READI 1.0 Project Update
New regional land bank forms to revitalize Indiana Uplands communities
A new regional land bank has been awarded $1.25 million in Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) funds by the Indiana Uplands and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The Indiana Uplands Regional Land Bank will acquire distressed properties in Crawford, Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, and Orange Counties with the goal of converting them into productive use and ultimately increasing property values throughout the region.READ MORE »
Grant Opportunities
Apply now for Rural Placemaking Studio community project initiative
Applications will be accepted through Feb. 19 for the Rural Placemaking Studio, a joint initiative from Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement and IU ServeDesign Center at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design. The Rural Placemaking Studio enhances quality of place within communities by facilitating partnerships with IU faculty and students “in comprehensive design, creative placemaking, and community arts engagement to uncover, link, and leverage unique assets identified by residents.” READ MORE »Indiana Placemaking Activation Grant applications due Feb 2 (Indiana Destination Development Corporation)Community Development Block Planning Grants apps due Feb 16 (Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs)Small Business Indiana Technical Assistance Program apps due Feb 25 (Indiana Economic Development Corporation)Stellar Pathways program kicks off with February and March workshops (Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs)
More News from the Indiana Uplands
Habitat for Humanity dedicates READI-funded home in Osage Place (ROI)New website opens wider market for Edgewood student businesses (Bloomington Herald-Times)Officials christen NHanced Semiconductors WestGate facility, tout future expansion (Inside Indiana Business)Crane naval base poised for growth as innovation hub (Indianapolis Business Journal)Ivy Tech expands to support emerging semiconductor industry (Bloomington Herald-Times)New housing study released in Dubois Co. (14News)CDFI Friendly Bloomington names executive director (Inside Indiana Business)Holcomb promotes workforce training resources (Indiana Capital Chronicle)Crane prize challenges to focus on hypersonics (Inside Indiana Business)$150M high-tech semiconductor investment coming to Southern Indiana (Bloomington Herald Times)Kimball Electronics lands on Forbes’ list of ‘Most Successful Small-Cap Companies’ (Southern Indiana Business Report)Greene County General Hospital recognized as INspire Hospital of Distinction (Greene County Daily World)YouTube channel spotlights night vision technology at NSWC Crane (Southern Indiana Business Report)Crane Army advances plan for new $100M pyrotechnics facility (Southern Indiana Business Report)Big spring robotics contest coming to Washington (Washington Times Herald)Career center students building ‘village’ next to Playful Pathways (Bedford Times-Mail)Centra, Hoosier Hills credit unions to merge (Inside Indiana Business)Tech-savvy consumers changing the way we shop; small businesses adapt to attract Gen Z, Millennials (Southern Indiana Business Report)
Have something to share? Contact Betsy Trotzke, ROI Communications and Marketing Director, at [email protected].
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