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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).

The ARI Board of Directors, which held its first meeting in Bloomington, Ind. on August 31, 2017, is comprised of the following:

  • Governor Eric Holcomb
  • General Gene Renuart, USAF (Retired) – ARI chairman
  • Phil Burkholder, president Defense Aerospace, North America, Rolls-Royce
  • Mitch Daniels, president, Purdue University
  • Steve Ferguson, chairman, Cook Group (past advisory board chairman)
  • Dr. Michael McRobbie, president, Indiana University
  • Dr. Brett Seidle, technical director, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (ex-officio)
  • Melanie Walker, president and CEO, Tsuchiya Group North America, TASUS Corporation

“The Applied Research Institute will activate economic growth in Indiana by combining and leveraging our state’s military, academic and industry resources,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “This partnership has strong potential to serve as the national model for regional development that benefits local and state economies.”

“Leveraging top research universities, industry partners and NSWC Crane, ARI will tackle real world problems that impact a number of areas including our national security,” Dr. Brett Seidle, technical director, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, said.

Institute to develop cutting-edge technologies included in counterfeit-resistant electronics and other high-tech applications

At its meeting, the ARI Board of Directors approved up to $3.5 million over the next two years for its first major project. The project is the development of trusted microelectronics, technology which is immune to a wide variety of emerging hardware and software-based attacks, is resistant to counterfeit and has applications in nearly all electronic devices. Trusted microelectronics have a number of applications that include advanced counterfeit detection systems that can show if the microelectronics imbedded in a device have been tampered with prior to installing them in an electronic system.

“Developing these types of advanced technologies will also create economic activity,” General Gene Renuart, USAF (Retired) and chairman of ARI, said. “It is ARI’s goal to work with industry partners to transfer our technologies to the marketplace.”

Representatives from NSWC Crane, Indiana University and Purdue University will provide big data and statistical analysis, secure manufacturing principles, hardware development and testing for the project.

“The new Applied Research Institute has enormous potential to further our collective contributions to improving Indiana’s economy and our national competitiveness,” Michael A. McRobbie, president, Indiana University, said. “Through this partnership, Indiana University and our state’s other leading universities will enhance their collaboration with NSWC Crane in areas where we share major research and technology strengths. In turn, this will enable Indiana to develop truly specialized expertise that sets it apart from other states and leads to the development of new and innovative technologies vital to key strategic sectors of our economy.”

“When we partner together, the talent and expertise we can assemble in Indiana is unmatched,” Mitch Daniels, president, Purdue University, said. “We look forward to continuing our efforts in building even more innovative technologies and creating centers of excellence that all Hoosiers can be proud of.”

To help launch the ARI, Lilly Endowment Inc. in 2015, awarded a grant of $16,225,000 to Central Indiana Corporate Partnership’s foundation, CICP Foundation, Inc., which supports the charitable and educational programs and activities of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). $15 million of the grant funding was targeted to benefit the ARI initiative. Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of Energy Systems Network (ESN), a CICP initiative, has been engaged with key stakeholders coordinating the formation of ARI as well as in the development of a strategic plan for Southwest Central Indiana. The grant was one of three Lilly Endowment grants totaling $42 million for organizations to enhance economic development efforts in the 11-county region. ARI will be working closely with Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. and Radius Indiana in a collaborative effort to continue to strengthen the region.

“Lilly Endowment is most pleased that ARI has assembled a board of directors of this caliber and distinction,” said Lilly Endowment Chairman, President and CEO, N. Clay Robbins. “Their leadership should ensure a successful launch for ARI.”

The ARI Board of Directors has also approved Dr. Bill Kiser as chief science and technology officer for ARI. Dr. Kiser formerly served as the director of the Penn State Electro-Optics Center in Freeport, Penn., where he was in charge of center operations and provided key technical support on a number of projects involving the U.S. Navy. Dr. Kiser received his Ph.D. in Medical/Health Physics at Purdue University and conducted his Post-Doctoral Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

About Applied Research Institute (ARI):

Applied Research Institute (ARI) is a non-profit research institute that brings together leaders from Indiana government, the state’s largest military asset, industry and research universities to facilitate and manage collaborative research teams to pursue major federal grants and contracts and perform corporate-sponsored research in participants’ areas of technical expertise. ARI’s initial focus will be on: trusted microelectronics technology and security; multi-spectral data fusion and security (cyber); high density power storage and management; and advanced material science. Work conducted through ARI accelerates technology commercialization that supports economic prosperity across Indiana with a specific focus on Southwest Central Indiana. For more information about ARI, contact Elizabeth Lerch at elerch@cicpindiana.com.

 

 

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Newsletter, July 2017

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

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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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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