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Crane Region Alliance Joins Radius Indiana
Southern Indiana's eight-county partnership has added another key organization. Radius Indiana will assume functions of the Crane Region Alliance, including communications and business collaborations.
October 17, 2013
BEDFORD, Ind. - Becky Skillman announces that Radius Indiana will assume the functions of the Crane Region Alliance. Crane Region Alliance's individual members have long been champions of Crane, and stalwart proponents for strengthening and growing the defense and national security industry in Indiana. Crane Region Alliance has long taken the lead on many initiatives surrounding the defense sector in Indiana, and was particularly instrumental in providing resources and community support during the 2005 U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure.
Radius Indiana serves as the official point of contact for NSA Crane outside the gates. Radius assists business leaders and defense and national security industries with the resources and relationships needed to ensure success.
"I am pleased that the Crane Region Alliance initiatives will continue to live on and thrive under the leadership of Radius Indiana and Becky Skillman," said Steve Howard, former Crane commander. "Crane Region Alliance looks forward to working with Radius Indiana to help fully realize the potential Crane offers to the region, state and nation."
Becky Skillman commented, "This move represents the building of a stronger, more unified voice as we move forward to help strengthen and grow NSA Crane and the national security and defense industries in Indiana. The Crane Region Alliance membership will remain engaged in a meaningful way, continuing to make significant ongoing contributions to the future of this region."
Radius Indiana will assume additional communications responsibilities pertinent to NSA Crane formerly administered by the Crane Region Alliance, as it relates to defense and national security. Radius Indiana will also continue to engage in facilitating partnerships to move the region forward, including strengthening collaboration with Monroe County.
People’s connection to community is at heart of Crane
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 12:15 am
By Becky Skillman Special to the H-T | 1 comment
While Crane is the third largest Navy installation in the country, pouring more than $2 million a day into Indiana’s economy, its most impressive asset is its people. A well-educated, high-tech workforce is balanced with the renowned dedication to service of our military. This commitment to service permeates Crane, and is demonstrated in the many ways the people there give back to the surrounding communities.
With wise investment in its people, Crane offers many professional development and mentoring opportunities and outreach to the community, an effort that extends not only to those directly employed at Crane, but to defense contractors as well.
Employees at Crane often take part in charitable events coordinated through the members of the Crane Employee Organization Team. These member organizations range from the American Society of Quality, American Society of Naval Engineers, the Federal Managers Association and the Society of Women Engineers.
The team from Blacks in Government helped two local families achieve their dream of home ownership, participating in two builds with Habitat for Humanity. Federally Employed Women supplied donations to Hoosier Hills chapters in Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe and Orange counties.
Other groups and employees at Crane engaged in activities to support the Martin County Humane Society, the United Way of South Central Indiana and the American Red Cross. One group of enthusiastic Crane employees even worked in a Lake Monroe shoreline cleanup with Monroe County storm water services.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said: “Community outreach brings Americans together in communities across the nation and helps inspire some to serve, builds support at home for those deployed in harm’s way, and helps to ensure education, employment and wellness initiatives evolve to serve veterans.”
Veterans are served through the Crane Employee Organization Team in coordination with the Crane Learning and Employment Center.
The center helps provide education and resources, and works to finds jobs for veterans. The partnership and involvement of Crane employees with this organization is a shining example of giving back to those who have given so much to our country and to our state.
As Radius Indiana works to ignite prosperity in the heart of Southern Indiana, we meet regularly with business leaders who know that it makes good business sense to invest in people and in the community. This principle exemplifies the Hoosier spirit and Midwestern tradition of service and caring for one another. Through all these efforts, Crane not only strongly benefits the immediate area it serves, but it embodies the Navy core value to “care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-being of our people.”
Skillman sees bright future for southern Indiana
(Featured in The Washington Times-Herald)
By Mike Grant
Former Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman sees a lot of potential for good things to head to Daviess County and other parts of southern Indiana in the years to come. Skillman, who now is president of the economic development organization Radius Indiana, was the featured speaker at the Daviess County Community Foundation dinner.
"Now is the time for economic growth," said Skillman. "We are in a great position to surge again."
Radius works on developing business and employment opportunities in Daviess and seven other area counties. After the down times of the recession of 2008 the state and the area is ready to rebound. "We are focusing on 4 key areas for growth; defense, tourism, workforce development and manufacturing," said Skillman.
The plan is to leverage the assets specific to this area to create more growth. Those have been identified as Crane, the WestGate @ Crane TechPark, Vincennes University, thriving agriculture, the West Baden-French Lick Resort, and transportation links that include the I-69 corridor.
"I-69 is wide open for development," said Skillman. "We are being very active looking for development there."
Radius already works as a primary external contact for Crane. The base employs 6,000 people with a $1.5 billion business base. "We want this area to become a destination of choice for companies in the defense industry. I believe some good things are coming to this area because of Crane."
Radius officials also recognize that there is a lot more to tourism in southern Indiana than the French Lick Casino. "There is a lot of opportunity around Daviess County with the Amish country," said Skillman.
One of the biggest challenges may be workforce development. Daviess and some surrounding counties have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. "I can't tell you how many times I've had a business tell me they could hire 20 more people if they could find people with the right basic skills, who show up on time, everyday," said Skillman. "We are working to build an intelligence skills network and intend to work toward developing basic work skills."
Skillman sees the state poised for economic expansion and believes southern Indiana should be part of that growth. "Indiana is recognized as a top-five state nationally and internationally for business," she said. "This is a very exciting time for our region."
Radius Indiana Expanding Its Role
By Rick Seltzer
Radius Indiana is absorbing the Crane Region Alliance, taking on the duties of a group that formed to save the military base from closure, then pivoted to focus on building the area's defense industry.
"We want to expand defense economies throughout the Crane region," said Dave Reece of the Crane Region Alliance. "Radius has a very, very similar purpose. So we said, 'Why not join with them?'"
Reece, who is a former executive director at Crane, represented the Crane Region Alliance on Radius Indiana's Defense and National Security Advisory Council. He will continue to sit on that council.
The Crane Region Alliance includes a variety of members, according to Reece. They range from chambers of commerce members, economic development officials, retired members of the military and others from the surrounding community.
Radius will still call on them from time to time, Reece said.
"CRA has people on it that can talk to the legislators, can talk to the defense higher-ups in the chain of command," he said. "That is something Radius wanted."
Radius is concerned with economic development in Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange and Washington counties. It's also the main point of contact in Indiana for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division.
In addition, Radius is working to strengthen south-central Indiana's ties to Monroe County.
"Radius is developing a broader view of what regional development has to do," said Steve Howard, a member of the Crane Region Alliance who is also a past commander of Crane and served as the president of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. "That's got to include Monroe County."
That broader view of regional development at Radius is coming from the organization's president and CEO, Becky Skillman, according to Howard. Skillman is Indiana's former lieutenant governor.
Her involvement in Radius helped seal the deal for it to take over for the Crane Region Alliance, Reece said.
"She brings so much to the table," he said. "She can do so much in a leadership role. That is what pushed us over the edge to join them."
A Message from President/CEO Becky Skillman (A Six Month Recap)
It's hard to believe it's been six months since taking on the role of President/CEO of Radius Indiana. The work here feels similar to my work as Lt. Governor, but now I have the ability to focus on 8 counties instead of 92. It's been a busy six months, and much has been accomplished.
As we all know, two grants have been secured benefitting the Radius Indiana region.
A $650,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will enable the Southwest Central Indiana region to identify opportunities, assets and resources that can be better utilized and coordinated to provide economic opportunities for our residents and communities.
And, in partnership with the Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board (GSIWB), Radius Indiana earned a University of Indianapolis Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) grant of $75,000. Through that grant, local Work Force and Education Advisory Councils have been created in each of the eight counties within Radius.
But it all kicked off with a Radius region tour as the staff and I spent a full day in each county. Hosted by the county's LEDO, we were given tours of county assets, met members of the media, and attended board meetings of many of the Local Economic Development organizations.
Radius also collaborated with LEDO's to conduct a tour of the region for consultants specializing in foreign investment possibilities from China. The tour emphasized sectors in the region of primary interest to foreign investors, including value-added agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and tourism.
We were pleased to collaborate with the Indiana Small Business Development office securing the commitment of additional ISBDC resources dedicated to the 8-county Radius Indiana region through the financial sponsorship of Vincennes University.
Building collaborative relationships is one component of Radius Indiana's forward-thinking marketing strategy designed to keep the Radius region top of mind with site selectors as opportunities for growth and expansion arise. To help build and solidify these relationships, we made Radius Indiana's first ever visit to site selectors in Chicago. Four prominent site selector firms now have a greater understanding of our region and it's assets, as they assist businesses across the country with relocation decisions.
Radius launched a Defense and National Security Advisory Council, assembling a team of some of the most well-respected and accomplished individuals within military leadership and Indiana's defense sector. The council focuses on four objectives. First, it serves to advise Radius as it forms a community support network to promote and strengthen Indiana's defense industry locally, statewide, and nationally, most immediately focusing on a potential U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure. 2) Promote and grow the defense and national security opportunities surrounding Indiana's military bases, including attracting defense related industries to the Westgate@Crane Technology Park, and the entire 8-county Radius region. 3) Support and promote the use of civil military innovation through technology transfer and entrepreneurship. 4) Bolster Indiana's defense industry through long-range strategic planning.
I also traveled to Chicago with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann to meet with Rear Admiral Ricky Williamson, Commander of the Navy Region, Midwest. Discussions centered around the strong state and regional support for Crane and Indiana's military bases, determining actions to be taken to keep Crane strong and growing.
Radius Indiana also began working with key partners to seek a joint land use study for Crane. The study will involve five counties, Lawrence, Martin, Daviess, Orange and Sullivan and is sponsored by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The joint land use study will assess the relationship between the area's economic development and potential expansion of the military installation.
As the voice outside the gates for Crane, we are happy to share the Crane story, as well as that of our own Radius region at various speaking engagements including annual events at the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Dubois Strong, French Lick West Baden Chamber of Commerce, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Symposium, and more.
Radius was also pleased to host the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) at the French Lick Resort providing each county's Local Economic Development professionals with the opportunity to learn more about the tools and programs available to help get available sites in their county in front of more decision makers.
A Tourism Development Advisory Council was launched and tasked with branding and promoting the region with a cohesive voice as a tourism destination-of-choice. The council will first focus on four goals. First, it will create a tourism asset inventory of Radius' 8 counties. 2) Assist existing attractions to thrive and grow 3) To serve as a vetting agent for new tourist attraction proposals and projects within the Radius Region, advising the Regional Impact Fund committee as projects are submitted for funding. 4) Build tourism opportunities along new I-69 corridor.
In addition, we have been building a new Radius Indiana brand that is the base of an overall long-term lead generation strategy. We started off with a fresh new logo, website look, newsletter design and strategy, began developing new marketing collateral, and there's much more to come.
We've experienced a dramatic increase in consistent press coverage with over 40 mentions, quotes, and articles in print and online. This has included mentions in the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe to stories in news outlets around the state and within our region. We've also enjoyed coverage in other media from frequent radio interviews at DCBroadcasting to my early appearance on the Gerry Dick show.
Radius Indiana continues it's participation on the I-69 Innovation Corridor executive committee, as well as the I-69 branding and marketing committee. We've assisted the Washington County Economic Development Partnership in the development of it's strategic plan, attended events such as the Roundtable in the Rockies, the IEDC conference, and the IEDA conference. We've fielded leads for possible business relocation, and even brought a new administrative assistant on board.
Of course, there wouldn't be enough time to list all the additional flurry of activities such as the the four-year service agreement renewal with the IEDC, administrative tasks associated with the Regional Impact Fund, meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and LEDO Advisory Council, and general day-to-day functions that keep Radius Indiana running.
The Radius Indiana staff and I are working hard to ignite prosperity in the Radius Indiana region, and the hard work is paying off! Of course, it would not be possible to have accomplished so much in so little time without the help of all our partners in progress throughout our region, and the state. With such a strong start, I look forward to keeping the momentum going and experiencing more success ahead!
Skillman: Economic possibilities for region are unlimited
Salem Leader, Staff Writer
"Indiana is recognized as one of the top five states for business."
Those are the words of Becky Skillman, former Lieutenant Governor as well as state senator and now president and CEO of Radius, an economic development group.
Approximately 40 people came to hear Skillman speak during a luncheon Tuesday sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
Radius represents eight counties in south central Indiana. In addition to Washington, they are Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Daviess, Dubois, Crawford and Orange, with a combined population of 220,373.
"Radius was formed to ignite prosperity in this region and be a partner to the state," Skillman said.
The purpose of Radius is to help business owners with site location, business expansion and business retention.
Skillman provided information about the eight-county region served by Radius, noting that Crane is the largest employer and that Radius is the contact point for that facility. Other large employers are Westgate Tech Park, the French Lick Casino and the Vincennes University campus at Jasper.
Skillman talked about the region's assets, mentioning that Washington County's assets include a shovel-ready industrial park, the airport and attractions for tourism, such as Beck's Mill and the John Hay Center, including The Depot.
"We (promote) all these assets," Skillman said, emphasizing that the mission of Radius is to support existing businesses as well as serving as point of contact for businesses looking for sites.
The biggest consideration of businesses searching for a location is workforce, Skillman said.
She talked of four key areas that Radius is focusing on: defense, tourism, education and workforce and advanced manufacturing.
"Tourism is a very big business," Skillman said. "Visitors spend $9 billion in our state."
She mentioned that Lilly Endowment has recently awarded a $650,000 planning grant to develop economic development strategy for Region 8, a region that includes some of the counties served by Radius. Skillman worked to get the other counties served by Radius included.
"This is an exciting time for our region," she said. "The possibilities are unlimited."
She stressed that the region's greatest asset is the people, "good hardworking Hoosiers."
Crane: An Economic Powerhouse
by BECKY SKILLMAN
Indiana continues to be recognized nationally and internationally as one of the top 5 states for business. And while Radius Indiana is charged with igniting prosperity in the 8-county Southern Indiana region it represents, we understand that progress does not respect geographic boundaries. The responsibility to continue positive momentum in our economy lies with us all.
NSA Crane is the largest employer within the 8-county Radius Indiana region, and Radius serves as the official point of contact outside the gates for Crane. As such, we are honored to share the Crane story.
While Crane faces the impact of sequestration, as well as a future potential Base Realignment and Closure process, it’s encouraging to note that Crane is well-positioned as a powerhouse of capability. As the 3rd largest Navy installation covering 64,000 acres, and employing over 5,500 government and contract employees, Crane’s annual business base of $1.5 billion annually pours more than $2 million a day into the Indiana economy.
Crane operates on a private-sector business model, while other facilities are typically mission-funded. As a region, we benefit from this business model. With our low cost of living, combined with a boost from the I-69 expansion, we are positioned as a destination of choice for the defense industry. In fact, we have the infrastructure and available land that leaves us poised for growth.
Crane has evolved into a highly-educated workforce, with 72% of NSWC employees serving as scientists, engineers, and technicians. NSWC’s real strength lies in it’s national leadership in three key mission-relevant areas of focus: Strategic missions, Special missions, and Electronic warfare.
The Army ammunition activity at Crane covers 80% of the geography with 900 employees and is a special operations partner to NSWC. Crane Army also manages and stores 25% of the national ammunition stockpile.
Crane is such a center of innovation that in the last 3 years, over 130 different agreements for technology transfer, the commercialization of technologies to the private sector, have been produced. Crane’s patent portfolio has over 90 patents issued for licensing, with 180 patent applications in process.
When the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Greenert visited Crane recently, he left with a powerful testimony saying, “What gives Crane the advantage of other places is number one, everything they do here, that I’ve seen, is relevant and needed today. I was amazed at how much talent comes right from the state, here at Crane, Indiana to get things done.”
You can help us share the story that NSA Crane is the destination of choice, a place where so much more gets done that at other installations. With 100 square miles and no encroachment in the surrounding use of land, Crane is ideally suited for new missions. And there couldn’t be a more military-friendly area, with strong local, regional, and state support, standing at the ready to be a national leader in the defense and national security sectors.
Regional Leaders to Form Strategic Plan
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Leaders from industry, academia, community organizations and a federal military base have united to develop a strategic plan that leverages the unique assets of the Southwest Central Indiana region to drive economic growth and enhance residents' quality of life.
A $650,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will enable the Southwest Central Indiana region to identify opportunities, assets and resources that can be better utilized and coordinated to provide economic opportunities for its residents and communities. The region includes a world-class research university (Indiana University – Bloomington) and Naval Support Activity Crane, a military base which houses Indiana’s only federal laboratory, which collectively employ more than 10,000 people. Its growing life sciences industry employs another 4,400 people, and there is a high concentration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs. The region also has a thriving hospitality and entertainment industry and is home to the state's largest concentration of state forests, parks, lakes, fish and wildlife areas. Additionally, the new I-69 corridor between Evansville and Indianapolis runs through the heart of this region, which is expected to enhance economic development opportunities and offer greater connectivity through shorter routes and travel times.
Initially, the strategic planning efforts will focus on 11 counties in the region: Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen and Washington counties. These counties represent the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Economic Growth Region 8, plus all of the counties served by Radius│Indiana. Throughout the planning process, the geographical focus may evolve as the plan develops.
A steering committee consisting of regional leaders and stakeholders invested in the Southwest Central Indiana region will lead the planning effort. Steering committee members include:
• Brian Blackwell, director, Office of Engagement, NSWC Crane;
• Duane Embree, national director of Military and Defense Initiatives, Ivy Tech Community College;
• Paul Mitchell, president and CEO, Energy Systems Network (ESN);
• Dan Peterson, vice president of Industry and Government Affairs, Cook Group; Steering Committee Chair;
• Tina Peterson, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County
• Becky Skillman, president and CEO, Radius│Indiana;
• William Stephan, vice president for Engagement, Indiana University;
Steering Committee Chair Dan Peterson says it's not only the diversity of expertise of the committee members, but their commitment to collaborative strategic planning that will make it a successful project. "Each of these committee members is deeply invested in the success of this unique part of the state – both on a professional and a personal level," he said. "It's a landmark opportunity to capitalize on their widespread expertise for such an important common goal."
"The Southwest Central Indiana region has great potential for dramatic growth in a number of key sectors," said ESN President and CEO Paul Mitchell. "Unlocking this potential will require a unified plan that leaders are prepared to leverage and co-invest in."
Lilly Endowment's grant was awarded to the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation, which supports the charitable and educational activities of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), and will be managed by ESN, a CICP initiative that will support the activities of the steering committee and produce a comprehensive plan. This work builds on an initial planning grant from Lilly Endowment which was used to conduct asset mapping and data analysis on the defined region. While the results showed strong potential for enhanced growth, the steering committee recognized more work and engagement with regional leaders was required to develop a robust regional plan and shared vision for Southwest Central Indiana.
ESN has selected Lori Torres, former commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor in Governor Mitch Daniels’ administration, to serve as project director for the 12-month grant period. The steering committee will meet regularly to develop a set of recommendations for the region. Recommendations from local and regional leaders, economic and workforce development experts, community foundations and the public will be solicited throughout the process.
"Community involvement is critical in these types of planning projects to ensure the final proposal is representative of what the people who live and work here want," said Torres. "The committee is looking forward to hearing from people from all corners of the region to get them engaged and invested in the outcomes of this process."
The steering committee has already begun meeting and will coordinate public listening sessions later this year. The plan is expected to be finalized by mid-2014.
ABOUT ENERGY SYSTEMS NETWORK
Energy Systems Network (ESN) is a not for profit, industry-driven economic initiative focused on bringing alternative energy technology solutions to market, using innovation to confront global energy challenges with systems-level solutions. In 2012, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) initiative broke ground on the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) in the Southwest Central Indiana region. The BIC is a customer-driven single point of access for battery research, development, testing and commercialization. The $20 million facility is located at Westgate Technology Park in Crane, Ind. and will open operations beginning later this year, providing significant economic growth to the area. For more information, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.
ABOUT LILLY ENDOWMENT INC.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family -- J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli -- through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana. More information can be found at www.lillyendowment.org.
Source: Energy Systems Network
Radius Indiana Hosts Indiana Economic Development Corporation Seminar for Local Economic Development Professionals
Becky Skillman and Radius Indiana, the 8-county regional economic development partnership, hosted the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) at the French Lick Resort providing each county’s Local Economic Development professionals with the opportunity to learn more about the tools and programs available to help get available sites in their county in front of more decision makers.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) provided an overview of the new administration, current initiatives, as well in-depth training on robust software that streamlines efforts to provide accurate, real-time data that aids site selectors and corporate real estate executives in their business location decisions.
“Radius Indiana has been proud to partner with the IEDC in offering these tools to economic development professionals throughout our region that provide crucial data within required quick response times to bolster the chances of successful business relocations to our area,” said Becky Skillman, President/CEO of Radius Indiana.
Charlie Sparks, Vice President at the Indiana Economic Development Council, commented further, “A leading factor in winning location decisions is state, regional, and local officials and key stakeholders working seamlessly together to provide timely information, demonstrating strong collaboration and partnerships. We’re here to provide information and tools that will improve how we respond to these opportunities with the goal of attracting new jobs and investment to the Radius served area.”
Dubois Strong piloted the software at the county level within the 8-county Radius Indiana region that ties state, regional, and local information together for consistency and ease-of-use. “The IEDC presentation has helped us gain more knowledge of what site selectors and corporate real estate professionals want and need in determining business relocations,” said Michael Cummings, Interim President of Dubois Strong, “The software itself provides one-time easy-to-update coherent information that showcase’s our community’s assets to businesses, whether searching at the state, regional, or local level.”
Each of the Local Economic Development directors in all 8-counties represented by Radius Indiana, including Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Martin, Lawrence, Orange, and Washington, were invited to attend, along with their staff.
The seminar was held at the French Lick resort on Thursday, June 6.
Skillman to Tout Southern Indiana to Chicago
SKILLMAN TO TOUT SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA TO CHICAGO FIRMS: Becky Skillman, President/CEO of Radius Indiana, and Jeremy Sowders, Director of Business Development, made Radius Indiana's first ever visit to site selectors in Chicago (Howey Politics Indiana). The two were joined in touting the assets of the Radius Indiana 8-county region by Jeff Quyle, Economic Development Coordinator for Hoosier Energy. While familiarization tours, hosting site selectors to a particular area, has been a traditional strategy used to develop relationships with site selector consultants, one-on-one deskside visits with consultants in their offices has been listed as a 'next best practice' in attracting potential business relocation projects in surveys of premier site selector consultants as conducted by economic development marketing organizations, such as DCI. "While Indiana has made great strides in recovering from difficult economic times, the new economic normal requires unique tactics to position ourselves as a premier business relocation choice," said Becky Skillman. "Building relationships with site selectors through one-on-one interaction is one component of Radius Indiana's forward-thinking marketing strategy designed to keep the Radius region top of mind as opportunities for growth and expansion arise." "Across the board, the site selectors expressed great interest and potential surrounding Crane, Westgate Technology Park, the Battery Innovation Center, I69, the Vincennes University Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing, and industrial greenfield sites along I64 and I69," Jeremy Sowders stated. "Aware that tourism is a $9 billion industry in Indiana, and the fastest growing sector in every state within the U.S, they also expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity at the French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel." The Radius Indiana region has a number of shovel-ready, business-ready sites throughout the 8-counties.