We are industry leaders, organizations, partners and local officials committed to the economic success and prosperity of Southwest Central Indiana (now called the Indiana Uplands).

In 2014, the Strategic Plan for Economic and Community Prosperity in Southwest Central Indiana was released for the purpose of fostering new growth and capitalizing on existing assets in the region. In 2016, Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded three grants totaling $42 million to our partner organizations to fund a number of regional development initiatives from the strategic plan. 

Partner Organizations

ROI LOGO-black-sm Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI)

The mission of Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. (ROI) is to support regional development opportunities in the 11 counties of the Indiana Uplands. Through an initial $25,870,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., ROI is implementing an education and workforce plan and regional opportunity fund for quality-of-place investments. Read More.

IN3_LogoColor-150 Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3)

The Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3) is a nonprofit applied research institute that brings together leaders from government, military, industry and research universities in collaboration with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane). Working with collaborative research teams from Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and other Indiana colleges and universities, IN3 facilitates and manages research in participants’ areas of technical expertise. IN3’s focus is on trusted microelectronics technology and security, hypersonics, electro-optics, sensor fusion, data assurance and energy storage. Work conducted through IN3, accelerates technology commercialization that supports economic prosperity across Indiana with a specific focus on Southwest Central Indiana.

In 2015, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) received a $16,225,000 Lilly Endowment grant to establish the Applied Research Institute (ARI). In 2018, ARI officially changed its name to Indiana Innovation Institute and awarded its first contract to Purdue University. Read More.

blockiu-rgb2 Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement

The Center for Rural Engagement connects the resources of IU Bloomington with the 11 counties Southwest Central Indiana through collaborative initiatives. The goal of the center is to improve the lives and opportunities of Hoosiers by working with partners to discover and deploy evidence-based, data-informed and scalable solutions to common challenges facing rural communities.

In 2015, IU received a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant of $122,600 to establish the Center. In 2018, the Center received another $10 million grant from Lilly to fund the center, with IU funding an additional $2.5 million.

The center has six focus areas: health and wellness; entrepreneurship and economic development; sustainable communities and environments; capacity infrastructure and leadership development; education attainment; and culture and the built environment. Read more.