The mission of Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) is to support economic and community prosperity in the 11 counties of Southwest Central Indiana. Through an initial $25,870,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., ROI is implementing education and workforce initiatives and strategies for quality of place development.

Led by a regional board of directors, ROI is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County as a supporting organization.

Education and Workforce Initiatives

ROI is working with regional leaders to develop a series of initiatives focused on connecting education and industry to create a workforce that is prepared for the demands of employers.

As part of this effort, ROI conducted an occupational needs assessment within the region, initially focused on Southwest Central Indiana’s key sectors: advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and national security and defense. The results of the occupational needs assessment are informing a wide range of workforce and education initiatives that will be deployed over the coming months and years. View ROI’s workforce and education initiatives.

Quality of Place Initiatives

ROI is supporting and planning for investments in quality of place development that has the potential to benefit the entire Southwest Central Indiana region.

Initial strategies include I-69 interchange analyses, competitive positioning/regional branding, and quality of place granting from the regional opportunity fund. View ROI’s quality of place initiatives.