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Radius Indiana Reveals Top 10 Projects and 2018 Plans at Annual Stakeholders Meeting

2/28/2018 12:00:00 AM

BEDFORD, Ind. (Feb. 28, 2018) - Radius Indiana held its annual stakeholders luncheon on Tuesday at the French Lick Resort where nearly 150 attendees gathered to learn about the organization's events planned for 2018. Radius also presented, for the first time, the Radius Top 10 Economic Development Projects of the past year.
 
Gerry Dick of Inside INdiana Business joined the presentation to reveal the 2017 Top 10 list, which counted down projects from across the region and finished with the No. 1---Purdue arriving at WestGate@Crane Technology Park. Purdue@Westgate is working to further education, R&D, and technology commercialization opportunities across the region.
 
Greg Deason, senior vice president of Purdue Research Foundation and director of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Purdue Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, was on hand to give an update on Purdue@WestGate and to thank the Radius stakeholders for voting them the top project.
 
"It is a great honor to see the Purdue@WestGate project receive top recognition by the Radius stakeholders. Purdue wants to create impact in the eight Radius counties and the project is already seeing great results and opportunities as we provide training and programs aimed at helping innovators and entrepreneurs take their 'Ideas to Impact.' We are looking forward to Purdue's continued efforts in the region to build a more vibrant innovation and entrepreneurial culture and to see that lead to happier, healthier and longer lives for Hoosiers as well as great new job opportunities," said Deason.

The Top 10 Economic Development Projects of 2017 were chosen by regional stakeholders through online voting prior to the meeting. Projects included new investment and expansion at the French Lick Resort, M&C Tech locating in Washington as the first Japanese manufacturer in the region, and a new tech company, BrightVolt, moving into the Battery Innovation Center. Visit RadiusIndiana.com to view the complete list.
 
The meeting also featured Radius Indiana Board of Directors' Chair Becky Skillman who thanked stakeholders for their continued support of Radius and introduced Michael Dora, Indiana State Director of the USDA. Dora spoke about ongoing projects in the department, and spread his optimism about Radius's recent acceptance into the USDA's Intermediary Lending Program, which will allow it to provide low interest loans for regional infrastructure and economic development projects.
 
Jeff Quyle, Radius Indiana president and CEO, addressed the group to share successes from the year, from economic development education efforts to site selector outreach. Quyle also announced new initiatives for Radius in 2018. Radius will take its first international outreach trip to Japan this fall to meet with potential investors and companies looking to expand in the U.S. to educate them about the Radius region. The organization is also kicking off a regional tourism branding effort to create an identity for southern Indiana as a recreation destination.
 
Finally, Quyle announced that Radius will undertake a strategic planning effort this year to define priorities for the group moving forward. To kickoff the process, stakeholders participated in live polling to share their insights on efforts such as developing a network of co-working spaces, collaboration with other regional groups, and the Radius activities that affect their communities.
 
"Our annual meeting saw record attendance this year and I want to thank all of our stakeholders for their continued interest and engagement as we work to grow economic development opportunities for the region," said Quyle. "From celebrating the Top 10 projects of 2017 to seeing the support for new initiatives planned for 2018, the entire program was a true testament to how working together as a region can move us forward and put our eight counties on the map for new investment."
 
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BEDFORD, Ind. (Feb. 28, 2018) - Radius Indiana held its annual stakeholders luncheon on Tuesday at the French Lick Resort where nearly 150 attendees gathered to learn about the organization's events planned for 2018. Radius also presented, for the first time, the Radius Top 10 Economic Development Projects of the past year.
French Lick, Ind. (Feb. 27, 2018) --- Today, for the first time, Radius Indiana revealed the Top 10 Economic Development Projects from around the region at its annual Stakeholders Meeting at the French Lick Resort. More than 50 projects were submitted by regional stakeholders, who were then asked to vote on the 20 top projects that made the most impact in the Radius region in 2017. More than 100 stakeholders from across the region weighed in to create the list.
BEDFORD, Ind. (Feb. 23, 2018) --- Radius Indiana and South Central Indiana Economic Development partnered to promote their respective Indiana regions as co-hosts of an event for site selectors from Columbus, Ohio business advisory firms last week.
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