The White River Regional Opportunity Initiative Partnership

The White River Regional Opportunity Initiative (WR-ROI) Partnership consists of representatives from three counties – Hamilton, Madison, and Marion – and eight communities: Anderson, Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, McCordsville, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville within a total of five counties (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Madison, and Marion). The Partnership is preparing a Regional Development Plan (RDP) to submit for READI that details a cohesive regional vision, goals, and projects or programs related to economic development within the White River Region.   

About the READI Grant

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.

The READI Grant seeks to achieve the following outcomes in participating regions:

  • Increased per capita income at a rate that meets or exceeds the national average
  • Increased share of population of prime working age
  • Increased rate of educational attainment
  • Increased property values statewide
  • Improved health outcomes

All READI Project submissions should demonstrate ability to achieve one or more of those outcomes over the next 5-10 years.

The White River ROI’s Priorities

The White River ROI will be guided by goals developed in the White River Vision Plan completed in 2019. The Vision Plan’s Guiding Principles include:

  • Equity
  • Economy
  • Environment

READI Project and Program submissions will be guided by these principles as well.

Request for Information Form

This Request for Information form is being used to identify projects and programs in the White River Region that may be included in the regional development plan that will be submitted in response to the IEDC’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). Our region is one of over a dozen competing for a $50M share of this $500M initiative. More information on READI can be found HERE.

RFI is now closed. The deadline to submit was July 25, 2021.