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SWITCH Network Issues Request for Proposals for Feasibility Study

LOOGOOTEE, Ind. (Oct. 2, 2018) — The Southern Indiana Development Commission and Radius Indiana are now accepting proposals for the Southwest Indiana Technology and Collaboration Hub Network or “SWITCH” Network Feasibility Study aimed at supporting entrepreneurship in the region.

SIDC and Radius Indiana are seeking proposals for professional services from qualified firms with considerable experience in entrepreneurial and economic development growth as well as commercialized property to conduct the study. A grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration will help fund the study; as such, the project will follow all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and successful companies must meet specified terms and conditions.

The study is a partnership of 11 different local economic development organizations (Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Pike and Washington), three regional planning commissions (SIDC, River Hills and IN 15), two regional economic development organizations (Radius Indiana and the Southwest Indiana Development Council), as well as Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

SWITCH is intended to help establish a network of entrepreneurial centers in southwest Indiana and allow the sharing of resources throughout the network. Once completed, this study will bring together the public and private sectors by building an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs throughout the region.

If interested in submitting a proposal, please contact the Southern Indiana Development Commission (SIDC) office at 812-295-3707 or email michelle@sidc.cc to receive a copy of the RFP.  Jeff Quyle, President and CEO of Radius Indiana can also provide more information and answer questions regarding the study; contact him at 812-277-9778 or j.quyle@radiusindiana.com.

Proposals must be submitted at the SIDC Office located at 405 JFK Avenue Suite A, Loogootee, IN 47553 by 4 p.m., Oct. 26, 2018. No proposals will be accepted after that time.

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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.

ABOUT SIDC: The Southern Indiana Development Commission is a voluntary organization of local government serving Daviess, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, and Martin Counties to provide assistance with community and economic development. SIDC utilizes multi-faceted resources, opportunities and skill to strengthen and improve the quality of life in the area.

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