Indiana Uplands READI Development Plan, “A Region on the Rise,”outlines regional development efforts and future opportunities fortransformational growth
Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) and Radius Indiana have announced that the Indiana Uplands regional development plan submitted for the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) is now available publicly.
The plan, entitled “A Region on the Rise,” was submitted to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) on September 30, 2021. On October 7, the IEDC publicized the Indiana Uplands plan and those from the other 16 identified regions on its website at: https://www.iedc.in.gov/program/indiana-readi
The Indiana Uplands “Region on the Rise” plan showcases many of the regional development efforts implemented across the region’s 11 counties since 2012 and identifies a series of projects and programs that have the potential to catalyze transformational economic growth should the region be selected as a recipient of up to $50 million in funding through the READI program.
More than 270 potential projects and proposals were submitted by individuals, businesses, and organizations for consideration in the Indiana Uplands plan. Through a process led by a 17- member steering committee with eight subject-matter working groups, a representative sampling of approximately 70 example projects and programs were included to illustrate how READI funding would accelerate economic development and population growth in the Uplands.
IEDC’s READI program is expected to allocate $500 million in state appropriations to strategically advance quality of place and quality of life, innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent attraction. READI grants of up to $50 million awarded to regions will support projects and programs that help make Indiana a magnet for talent and economic growth. Selected regions will be expected to provide a 4:1 match in support of projects and programs. This includes a required 1:1 match from local public funding and a recommended 3:1 match from private and philanthropic sources.
A large coalition of regional stakeholders supported the development of the Uplands READI plan. Through regional listening sessions, working groups, and focused conversations, hundreds of Uplanders helped to shape the plan that was ultimately submitted. TEConomy Partners helped to further define the plan by updating the region’s strategic plan for economic and community prosperity. Finally, the READI steering committee provided the leadership necessary to ensure the Uplands plan is demand-driven and regionally relevant.
“READI has allowed our region to acknowledge the incredible progress we’ve made, the challenges we have yet to overcome, and our aspirations for the Uplands,” said ROI President and CEO Tina Peterson.
“As a region, our anchor institutions, stakeholders, and communities have embraced READI as an opportunity to collaborate, reflect, envision, and explore new ways to pursue our expanding momentum,” added Peterson. ‘The plan developed out of this process will magnify the potential of technology-driven industry sectors and key employers to attract talent, lead through innovation, and compete globally. Ultimately, successful implementation of our plan will result in population growth as we create a region where people and organizations choose to live, work,
play, and invest.”
The “Region on the Rise” Plan identifies three key strategies to leverage and complement existing efforts to grow population and catalyze longer-term economic growth and community prosperity in the Uplands.
Taken together, these strategies provide a holistic approach to systematically advance economic prosperity in the Uplands. The READI working groups and steering committee used these overarching strategies to select the projects and programs included in the plan. However, inclusion in the plan does not guarantee that READI funding will be available for a particular project or program. Further, opportunities not highlighted in the document could also be
eligible for READI funding. Should the Uplands receive READI funding, a process will be defined for deploying the funds in accordance with the guidance and parameters established by IEDC.
An IEDC review committee will evaluate each of the 17 regional development plans. In December, the committee will make funding recommendations to the IEDC board of directors. The IEDC will then award READI funding to selected regions to advance projects and programs to catalyze economic growth and talent development.
More information on READI is available at: https://www.iedc.in.gov/program/indianareadi/overview
For updates on Indiana Uplands’ READI plan and to see frequently asked questions, visit: https://regionalopportunityinc.org/readi
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