INDY METRO MAYORS, COMMISSIONERS JOIN FORCES IN PREPARATION FOR INDIANA’S READI GRANT, INVITE BUSINESS AND PHILANTHROPIC COMMUNITY TO COLLABORATE
The mayors of Anderson, Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, McCordsville, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville and commissioners of Hamilton and Madison County announced today a regional collaboration to apply for Governor Eric Holcomb’s Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) planning grant and funding.
Uniting under a shared vision, the cities of Anderson, Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, McCordsville, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville, and Hamilton and Madison Counties have begun identifying key programs, initiatives, and projects that will accelerate local, neighborhood economies, quality of place experiences, innovation, and develop, attract, and retain talent.
The regional group is a coalition of communities that has previously collaborated on the development of the White River Vision Plan, which was released in December 2019. With the addition of Anderson and Madison County, this expands the region further east along the White River through Anderson and Mounds State Park terminating just before reaching I-69. The White River connects each community participating and provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform this underutilized natural resource into an economic, lifestyle, and innovation driver. The committee is organizing to contribute to the development of a proposal to the Indiana READI initiative. These communities are united as part of the labor and recreation shed of the White River region.
The City of Noblesville initiated early coordination and planning efforts by contracting with Fourth Economy to guide the development and planning of a READI Grant submission. Fourth Economy has a proven track record of success in supporting these types of initiatives.
The regional group will focus on an overarching theme of connectivity with supplemental focus areas possibly including trails; transportation; infrastructure; environmental and green economy jobs; workforce and employment centers; and water availability and quality.
The regional group is issuing a call-out for contiguous municipalities, businesses, and philanthropic groups interested in supporting these efforts.
Interested parties may contact the regional group at [email protected]. The region intends to formalize its partnership and submit its proposal for the planning grant by the July 1 deadline.
READI builds on the framework and successes of the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative and the 21st Century Talent Initiative, encouraging neighboring communities across the state to work collaboratively to develop a bold vision for their future that, when implemented, will attract, develop and retain talent in Indiana. Regions will develop data-driven, actionable and sustainable development plans that outline strategies focused on improving the quality of place, quality of life and quality of opportunity within their communities. IEDC will award up to $50 million per region to accelerate the implementation of regional development plans and the programs and projects identified that will catalyze economic and population growth.