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    East Central Indiana Regional Partnership Reviews 2016 Activities

    March 30, 2017
    The East Central Indiana Regional Partnership highlighted the region’s 2016 accomplishments yesterday at their Annual Stakeholder Luncheon. The organization detailed both project activity from the 10-county region and recent marketing efforts. Businesses in east central Indiana announced 800 new jobs and a capital investment of over $529 million in 2016.
    “Each year the Partnership hosts this event to thank the stakeholders who support our mission and to provide information on the region’s project and marketing activities.  We have local economic development leaders and elected officials in the 10-county region who work very hard throughout the year, and I think it’s important to also recognize them and their accomplishments,” said Mindy Kenworthy, President and CEO of the East Central Indiana Regional Partnership.
    Last year, the organization promoted the region with several marketing tactics to help support and develop east central Indiana. The Partnership coordinated site consultant meetings to many cities throughout the year such as Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and Cleveland. Additionally, the organization attended conferences throughout the U.S. and developed marketing pieces that highlighted the international businesses in the region.
    During the luncheon, the Partnership also discussed the region’s Industry Appreciation and Trade Mission trip to Japan in 2016 and the recent publication of the Livability East Central Indiana magazine that will promote the region’s quality of life.
    Elaine Bedel, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, spoke to the attendees about the state’s workforce and investment in 2016 and its goals moving forward. Bedel also discussed what the state is currently doing to promote and attract new businesses and talent to Indiana.
    The luncheon was held at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie and sponsored by Umbaugh and AT&T.