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,”
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.”
ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership
representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene,
Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves
as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional
collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of Southwest Central Indiana to drive
attraction, retention and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and
investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.