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

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 Southwest Central Indiana. 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.

CICP_LogoLarge Central Indiana Corporate Partnership: Applied Research Institute

The establishment of an Applied Research Institute is currently underway. ARI will serve as a collaborative research facility for more efficient technology transfer and commercialization for industry, NSWC Crane, Indiana’s research universities, government, and entrepreneurs. These groups will leverage state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories within NSWC Crane, Battery Innovation Center, and WestGate Academy.

ARI’s start-up expenses are being funded through a $16,225,000 Lilly Endowment grant being administered by Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP).  Initially, it will be led by an advisory board of representatives from NSWC Crane, research universities in Indiana, and other corporate and institutional partners. 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.