On November 19, the Indy Chamber, together with our lead sponsor Bose McKinney & Evans LLP and Bose Public Affairs, gathered local CEOs for a roundtable discussion on the role of regionalism led by Drew Klacik of the IU Public Policy Institute. Below is a summary of the conversation:
- To move the needle 5% , 10%, or even 20%, the Indianapolis region needs to be more aware of education self-sufficiency.
- 100,000 children live in poverty and 250,000 adults do not have certifications to more fully access the economy. We need to invest in this and our community’s talent.
- Pre-K is the first step in connecting to the modern economy to give our children maximum opportunities. The environment our children grow up can affect their trajectory.
- Talent pools in small towns are drying up, and regions like Central Indiana have become the sources of opportunity.
- Universities are a continuous export and import of students. With many living in our region for the first time, there’s significant opportunity to connect them with information on the life they could lead here.
- Our legislators at the Statehouse should focus on: 1) finding aspirational partners in the community, and 2) the idea thatrevenue and quality of life work hand-in-hand.
- What makes the Indy area competitive: Surrounded by major metropolitan areas and access to great American cities (St. Louis, Chicago, Nashville, Cincinnati, and Grand Rapids). The crossroads of America!
- Inclusive economic growth includes cost effective strategies to attract talent, but also investments in the people that arealready here and are seeking an opportunity to succeed.
Our CEO Roundtable gave us a taste of why we work with Drew. To put it in his words, Indianapolis is “semi-cool, convenient, affordable, and not pretentious”.