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June 29, 2017: Results of I69 Interchange Analyses – Southwest Central Indiana

Understanding the Potential of I69 Interchanges in SWCI

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Learn about the potential that I69 interchange development might offer our region. HWC Engineering will share findings of their I69 interchange analyses informed both by stakeholder feedback and an in-depth review of the interchanges in Daviess, Greene and Monroe counties. This presentation will include a panel discussion with developers who will offer their insights on how our region might be best take advantage of the opportunity to create a system of interchanges that will improve our capacity to achieve our economic and community prosperity goals in Southwest Central Indiana.

When: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center, 13598 East WestGate Drive, Odon, IN 47562
Register: http://bit.ly/2s0lj9L

Have questions? Contact April Wason at april@cfbmc.org or call (812) 287.8116.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, May 2017

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ROI Introduces New Initiatives at Annual Report to the Region

ROI introduced a series of education, workforce and quality of life initiatives at its first Annual Report to the Region held on April 26 in French Lick, IN.

“The initiatives we have launched to date and others launching later this year address significant economic, workforce and community needs we face in our region today, while also preparing future generations to meet the needs of tomorrow,” said Interim CEO Tina Peterson. “Backed by data and an incredibly collaborative approach among partners in our region, we think this series of initiatives is just a first step towards greater alignment among our schools, our sector employers, and our communities.”

ROIs initiatives announced at the annual meeting include a Ready Schools Initiative, STEM Fellows, Out-of-School STEM Learning Grants, a cybersecurity challenge, an Educator Boot Camp with local employers, the Skill UP! Work and Learn Internship program for technology students, a Speakers Bureau, a competitive positioning and branding effort, and quality of place grantmaking. In addition, regional convenings will take place this summer around career pathways and adult education. Ongoing initiatives include the I69 interchange analysis and Graduation and Career Coaching in 11 Southwest Central Indiana high schools. Read more.

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Graduation and Career Coaches Go Behind the Scenes at Jasper Engines

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Joined by educators, school counselors, and administrators, ROI’s graduation and career coaches got a unique opportunity to tour Jasper Engines and Transmissions on May 17. The behind-the-scenes tour allowed educators from Southwest Central Indiana to see operations first-hand. Graduation and career coaches will use the experience to inform students of employment opportunities and assist in developing industry-aligned postsecondary plans.

Participants learned about Jasper Engines student and education outreach programs such as job shadowing, internships, and a work ethics certificate for high school students. The company also offers internships at the college level. Teachers in the region can be involved in their Manufacturing Bootcamp and have a Jasper Engines representative speak in classes. Tours are given to both student groups and educators.

Jasper Engines is 100% associate-owned and has a variety of available job types, including manufacturing/production, sales, logistics/drivers, customer services and human resources.

A partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the ROI graduation and career coaching pilot initiative began at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and is in operation eleven school districts in Southwest Central Indiana. Continue reading Graduation and Career Coaches Go Behind the Scenes at Jasper Engines

ROI Introduces Regional Council and New Initiatives at Its First Annual Report to the Region

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Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc., introduced a new Regional Council, and a series of education, workforce and quality of life initiatives at its first Annual Report to the Region held on April 26 in French Lick, IN.

The event was an opportunity to present key insights from the Occupational Needs Assessment (ONA) conducted by ROI in Southwest Central Indiana’s three key industry sectors: advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and national security and defense. The needs assessment is critical to ROI’s ability to develop targeted strategies to align education and workforce to respond to needs and opportunities in Southwest Central Indiana’s 11-county region.

The Occupational Needs Assessment is the result of a 6-month examination of data collected from two sources: a quantitative analysis of workforce and industry data and a qualitative analysis of information obtained from interviews with 60 employers in Southwest Central Indiana (SWCI).  “We emerged from this effort with a much better understanding of the realities of the workforce in our region,” said Interim CEO Tina Peterson. “The Occupational Needs Assessment was essential to the development of a series of new ROI initiatives and we will continue to use it to ensure that the work we do moving forward is relevant to our region and cultivates the skilled workforce needed SWCI to flourish. It is our hope that the ONA will also be used by many others in the region to tailor initiatives to specifically meet the needs of students, families, educators and employers who call SWCI home.”

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Graduation and Career Coaches Open Possibilities for SWCI High School Students

A partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the ROI graduation and career coaching pilot initiative began at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in 11 high schools in Southwest Central Indiana. Coaches work closely with at-risk students to create individualized high school completion plans, ensure students attend school and fulfill academic requirements, and introduce them to pathways into technical certifications, associate degrees, and other postsecondary degree programs.

As the academic year comes to a close, we’d like to share with you the incredible work these the coaches are doing and the tremendous difference they are making to hundreds of students in Southwestern Central Indiana.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, March 2017

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Advancing economic and community prosperity in an 11-county area that encompasses Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties.

CEO Update

Regional Partners,

The Strategic Plan for Economic and Community Prosperity offers a roadmap, of sorts, for building a better Southwest Central Indiana. It reminds us of the exceptional assets housed here in our region, highlights the wealth of opportunity that exists, and challenges us to strategically address barriers to success.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) has been working with stakeholders across the region to build a framework for implementing education/workforce and quality of place strategies, informed by the Strategic Plan.  We know that for Southwest Central Indiana to fulfill its potential, stakeholders across the region must strategically and purposefully pursue a shared vision for success. Our schools, our employers, and our communities must come together to ensure we are prepared to achieve, to advance, and to excel. In short, SWCI must be Aligned and Ready.

On April 26th at French Lick Convention Center, ROI will convene its first Annual Report to the Region. We will share learnings from our Occupational Needs Assessment — to be officially released in the first week of April.   We will announce initiatives and investments that are ready for implementation and engage regional participants in planning sessions around work in progress.

Please plan to join us in French Lick on the 26th as we pursue the next leg of our journey, en route to a prosperous future for our 11 counties, our SWCI.  Look for registration details this week.

-Tina Peterson

Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, March 2017

Graduation & Career Coaches Tour NSWC Crane

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Joined by educators, school counselors, and administrators, ROI’s graduation and career coaches got a unique opportunity to tour Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane Division facilities on Thursday, March 9. The tour allowed educators from Southwest Central Indiana to see operations first-hand. Graduation and career coaches will use the experience to inform students of employment opportunities and assist in developing industry-aligned postsecondary plans.

A partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the ROI graduation and career coaching pilot initiative began at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and is in operation eleven school districts in Southwest Central Indiana. Continue reading Graduation & Career Coaches Tour NSWC Crane

IU Bloomington Provost Gives Update on Rural Center in State of Campus Address

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Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel previewed the IU Center for Rural Excellence in her 2017 State of the Campus address on Tuesday, March 7:

Provost highlights progress, plans in State of the Campus address
by Steve Hinnefeld, IU Communications

A proposed Center for Rural Excellence would focus Indiana University resources and expertise on improving the lives of residents in rural and small-town communities in southern Indiana.

IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel previewed the center in her 2017 State of the Campus address, in which she proposed an “IU Corps” to coordinate volunteer and service activities by IU Bloomington students and recounted progress tied to the campus’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan.

The Center for Rural Excellence, she said, will be in the vanguard of approaches to issues facing small-town and rural areas. Its signature effort will be the Indiana Eleven Initiative, focused on Monroe County and 10 other surrounding counties. Continue reading IU Bloomington Provost Gives Update on Rural Center in State of Campus Address

Open House: March 7, 2017

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County & Regional Opportunity Initiatives invite you to our new offices for a special ribbon cutting and open house.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
4:00-6:30 p.m.

100 S. College Ave., Suite 240
Bloomington, IN 47404
Directions

We are located in downtown Bloomington on the 2nd floor of the Chase Building at the corner of Kirkwood and College Avenues.

RSVP by March 3 to Dea Szatkowski at dea@cfbmc.org  or (812) 333-9016.