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ROI welcomes Brian D. Blackwell as Director of Industry and Quality of Place Initiatives

blackwellRegional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) is proud to announce and welcome Brian D. Blackwell as Director of Industry and Quality of Place Initiatives. Blackwell will expand ROI’s regional engagement strategies and advance industry partnerships within Southwest Central Indiana’s advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and national security and defense sectors.

Blackwell joins ROI in early November following his retirement from a 30-year career at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane). Most recently serving as Director of Engagement, Blackwell was responsible for leveraging opportunities to build state, regional, and national relationships with government, industry, academia, and the local communities. In this role, he focused on workforce development, technology, research & development, and quality of place efforts of mutual benefit to NSWC Crane and the surrounding region. Continue reading ROI welcomes Brian D. Blackwell as Director of Industry and Quality of Place Initiatives

ROI awards $275,000 in grants to community foundations for out-of-school STEM learning opportunities

Community Foundations in each of the 11 counties to sub-grant funds for existing STEM programs or new out-of-school programs

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc., has announced a new grant opportunity to advance K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning in all of Southwest Central Indiana’s 11 counties. Facilitated through each of Southwest Central Indiana’s community foundations, Advancing Out-of-School STEM Learning Grants will fund programs that engage youth through hands-on activities that add value and extend the school experiences.

Out-of-school STEM learning occurs outside of the traditional school day, including before and after school and summer programs, and may be provided by school districts, community organizations, nonprofits, and cultural institutions such as libraries and museums. Examples of out-of-school STEM programs include robotics clubs, coding programs, makerspaces, STEM camps, industry mentorships, and career exploration experiences. Continue reading ROI awards $275,000 in grants to community foundations for out-of-school STEM learning opportunities

New Indiana-based Applied Research Institute forms significant board; funds first major project

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Governor Eric Holcomb, leaders from the state’s largest military asset, industry and research universities partner to accelerate technology commercialization

Leaders from Indiana government, the state’s largest military asset, industry and research universities have established the Applied Research Institute (ARI).
ARI will facilitate and manage collaborative research teams to pursue major federal grants and contracts and perform corporate-sponsored research that will generate technology transfer and commercialization in military defense and other sectors of Indiana’s economy.

Through ARI, organizations will have streamlined access to more than $1 billion in state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and research facilities across Indiana including Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), Indiana University, Purdue University and the Battery Innovation Center (BIC). Continue reading New Indiana-based Applied Research Institute forms significant board; funds first major project

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, July 2017

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Educators Explore Work Environments in Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, and Defense Industries

Educator Boot Camp

Educator Boot Camp gives teachers opportunity to learn about careers in Southwest Central Indiana’s key industry sectors. 

Fifty-four educators from eight Southwest Central Indiana counties participated in a week-long Educator Boot Camp in June. Educators experienced work environments on site at regional industry employers in the advanced manufacturing, life sciences and national security and defense sectors. Participating educators each spent time in up to three host companies learning about the skills and education needed to thrive at different employment levels. Continue reading Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, July 2017

Boot camp allows educators to explore work environments in advanced manufacturing, life sciences and defense industries

Externship program gives teachers opportunity to learn about careers in Southwest Central Indiana’s key industry sectors.

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Teachers observe production at Cook Polymer Technology in Bloomington, IN.

Fifty-four educators from eight Southwest Central Indiana counties participated in a week-long Educator Boot Camp in June. Educators experienced work environments on site at regional industry employers in the advanced manufacturing, life sciences and national security and defense sectors. Participating educators each spent time in up to three host companies learning about the skills and education needed to thrive at different employment levels.

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Six Southwest Central Indiana school districts and communities selected for first cohort of ROI Ready Schools Initiative

Initiative aims to align school districts to the education and workforce needs of Southwest Central Indiana

Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) is pleased to announce that six Southwest Central Indiana school districts will comprise the inaugural cohort of the Ready Schools Initiative. The selected districts include Brown County Schools, Loogootee Community Schools, and a collaboration of the four school districts in Dubois County: Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, Northwest Dubois County School Corporation, Southwest Dubois County School Corporation and Southeast Dubois County School Corporation.

The Ready School Initiative will provide up to $150,000 in funding to each grantee to support a year-long development process. Grantees will engage district, community, and industry stakeholders to better align educational programming with the workforce opportunities across the Southwest Central Indiana region. Continue reading Six Southwest Central Indiana school districts and communities selected for first cohort of ROI Ready Schools Initiative

Fifteen school teachers selected for regional STEM Fellows program

Fifteen Southwest Central Indiana K-6 school teachers have been selected to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities in regional elementary schools.

The selected Fellows will focus on increasing STEM curricular relevance, supporting peer educators through mentorships, serving as instructional leaders in schools, and bringing teachers and employers together.

STEM Fellows will participate in professional development activities focused on experiential learning, engineering design process, project-based learning, coding and other relevant topics. Fellows will provide support to colleagues to grow the regional network of skilled STEM educators throughout Southwest Central Indiana. Continue reading Fifteen school teachers selected for regional STEM Fellows program

Dartlet and Fourth Economy selected to develop Southwest Central Indiana competitive identity strategy

Dartlet and Fourth Economy have been selected to develop a competitive identity strategy for Southwest Central Indiana. The two organizations will work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a strong, unifying regional identity and position Southwest Central Indiana as a desirable place for businesses and individuals to work, live, play and invest.

“Southwest Central Indiana is a region with a compelling story to tell, and it’s imperative that we begin to share that story,” said ROI CEO Tina Peterson. “For organizations across Southwest Central Indiana to work collaboratively in attracting and retaining workforce, business and investment, we need for the rest of world to know about the exceptional assets and opportunities in our 11-county region.”  Continue reading Dartlet and Fourth Economy selected to develop Southwest Central Indiana competitive identity strategy

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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