The Indy Chamber has hired strategic planning expert and community leader Stacy Payne Miller as the Executive Director of Anchor Institution Strategies, a program that engages anchor partners to revitalize neighborhoods and rebuild the urban economic base across Marion County.
As Executive Director of Anchor Institution Strategies, Miller will head up the Indy Chamber’s work with Indy’s major non-profit institutions in ‘Live,’ ‘Hire’ and ‘Buy’ initiatives to spur homeownership, create nearby employment and homegrown business opportunities, and strengthen urban neighborhoods across Marion County.
The program was launched in 2017 alongside several community partners who are guiding the conversations and strategies including: Develop Indy, EmployIndy, Greenstreet, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), and Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Indianapolis (LISC).
As significant progress is ongoing in the ‘Live’ strategy, Miller’s initial focus is to build momentum with the ‘Buy’ strategy. The goal of the ‘buy’ strategy is to spur homegrown business success and keep capital at work in Indianapolis with ‘buy local’ procurement programs that strengthen contractor and supplier relationships among anchors and Indy-based companies.
“We’re excited to begin working with our anchor partners on developing procurement strategies that increase supplier diversity and local sourcing,” said the Indy Chamber’s Vice President of Indianapolis Economic Development Ian Nicolini, who oversees Develop Indy, Business Ownership Initiative, and the Anchor Institution Strategies. “These strategies are part of our broader agenda for inclusive growth — by helping our anchor partners work together, they can also help build an economy that works for everyone.”
Stacy Payne Miller joins the Indy Chamber after serving as Chief Operating Officer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana. In her two years in this capacity, Miller streamlined operations at two locations by making changes to guest procedures, financial process, and enhancing family experiences. Prior to her role at Ronald McDonald House Charities, Miller served as Chief Operations Officer at Reach For Youth, Inc. where she worked for five years.
In addition to her success leading non-profit institutions, Miller has demonstrated extensive leadership skills through her community development efforts at Junior league of Indianapolis. Most notably, Miller served as President of the Board of Directors for an 800 member women’s volunteer organization with assets totaling $10 million and office staff.
“The Chamber’s anchor institution program has an incredible opportunity to revitalize neighborhoods and grow the regional economy,” said Stacy Payne Miller. “I’m eager to work with the participating anchor institutions on developing strategies to support such transformational growth.”
Miller began her new role with the Indy Chamber on September 9th.