Sponsors

 

CO-SPONSOR


Strada Education Network is a national nonprofit dedicated to connecting today’s learners to the jobs of tomorrow. Our mission is to improve lives by forging clearer and more purposeful pathways between education and employment. We do this in three ways: Through research that yields fresh insights into how postsecondary education can best adapt to meet the demands of consumers and address evolving workforce needs. Through philanthropy that seeds promising, scalable, evidence-based strategies to give people, especially those from low-income backgrounds, the knowledge and experiences they need to have fulfilling careers. Through a network of seven affiliate organizations developing on-the-ground solutions to the needs of students and colleges, from providing better information on career options to serving adult learners more effectively. Learn more at StradaEducation.org.

 

CHAIRMAN'S CLUB


Accrisoft Corporation provides a finely tuned blend of technology and services that empower your economic development organization to accomplish your goals and better serve investors. Accrisoft Freedom™ is a comprehensive software solution that spans across your organization's operations, finance, marketing, and sales departments, allowing your entire team to work together harmoniously on a single platform.



Chmura Economics & Analytics is an applied economic consulting firm specializing in delivering advanced economic analysis. Our core competencies include economic consulting, economic development, workforce development, economic impact studies, custom publications, and data and software solutions. Chmura has the experience and expertise to transform data into information that drives effective strategy and business solutions. Our premier technology platforms - JobsEQ®, and LaborEQ® - are in widespread use across the United States. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Chmura was founded in 1999 and operates regional offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Spokane, Washington.



DCI is "The Leader in Marketing Places." Since 1960, we have worked with more than 450 cities, regions, states, provinces and countries, helping them to attract investors, visitors, and talent. We specialize exclusively in all phases of economic development and tourism marketing including websites, branding, public relations, social/digital media, talent attraction, research, prospect development, travel trade, and special events. Current clients include a range of states (Texas, Michigan, New Hampshire, Vermont, South Dakota, and New Jersey), cities/regions (Charleston, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Research Triangle Region, and Birmingham) and countries (Netherlands, Thailand, Costa Rica and Japan), to name a few. DCI is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Denver, Los Angeles and Toronto.



Emsi is a one-stop shop for labor market data, helping economic development organizations fuel community success with data-driven decisions. With detailed data and expert analysts, Emsi is a must-have for economic developers. We are trusted by 300+ organizations in the U.S., powering 60% of state EDOs and ranked as the #1 information resource by C2ER. Our data, software, and consulting services help economic development professionals understand and communicate their communities’ workforce strengths, quickly respond to business inquiries, benchmark their regions against their peers, and boost their business retention and expansion efforts.



Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry, with more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity, serving as job creators, drivers of GDP, and a critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. In addition to being fiscal engines, they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate and participate in philanthropic endeavors. For the latest news from ICSC and the industry see www.thecenterofshopping.com.



Research Consultants International is the global leader in lead generation and qualification services for economic development organizations. Through our global partnerships we cover the globe with our network of 75 economic development consultants in over 20 countries. Our consultants speak over 15 languages and can work with your region to attract inward investments within the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 2010 our company has contacts in over 43 countries around the world and can connect you with the decision makers that are making the investment decisions for their companies.

FDI365 a proprietary tool launched in 2017 and developed to answer the needs of our clients that were searching for a targeted lead generation software. FDI365 combines the newest technologies along with human curated business intelligence to provide customized profiles of companies that match your region’s criteria and that we believe to be poised for an expansion project.



ROI Research on Investment is an award-winning global authority on lead generation and investment attraction for economic development organizations. Since 2003, ROI has worked with over 350 clients worldwide to attract job-creating, capital intensive, expansion projects. ROI's core areas of expertise include benchmarking/target industry analysis, lead generation, BR&E strategies, representation services, and customized training covering best practices in modern BR&E and investment attraction.

ROI recently launched Gazelle.ai; the first application designed to use AI and big data to solve many challenges faced by economic development, investment attraction and trade professionals. Gazelle.ai is a powerful one-stop business intelligence platform deploying machine-learning algorithms, human curated intelligence and big data to forecast company growth. This unique platform profiles millions of companies and features over 900 industry profiles that include heat maps illustrating 14 economic indicators at the State and County levels, including: establishment and employment growth, revenues, gross profit, average salary growth, etc.

 

SIGNATURE SPONSORS



Carmel is a fast-growing, economically-thriving city located just north of Indianapolis. Consistently honored as one of the Best Places to Live in America by CNN Money Magazine (No. 1 in 2012) and other surveys, Carmel is home to more than 120 corporate headquarters and 95,170 residents. During the past two decades, this traditional suburban community has been transformed under the leadership of Mayor Jim Brainard. His strategy to pursue redevelopment of the City’s central core, rather than allow continued suburban sprawl, has led to the making of a vibrant city that is sustainable, walkable and bike-friendly with nearly 200 miles of trails and bike-lanes. Carmel is also home to the Center for the Performing Arts and Palladium, the premier concert hall in the Midwest. With our 122 roundabouts, more than any city in America, Carmel is on track to eliminate every traffic signal (except one) within the next few years, which has decreased accidents with injury by 80 percent.



Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.

 

DIAMOND SPONSOR


Hoosier Energy is an electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, operating a variety of facilities with a total generation capacity of over 2,000 megawatts. Hoosier Energy has developed and purchased numerous forms of renewable energy generation, ranging from landfill methane facilities to conventional wind power and hydropower, to our more innovative coal bed methane (CBM) operation. The Hoosier Energy Power Network consists of the 18 member cooperatives providing an estimated 650,000 residents, businesses, industries and farms in 48 Indiana counties and 11 southeastern Illinois counties with reliable and favorably priced electricity through its member distribution cooperatives. The Hoosier Energy economic development team provides a wide array of services including site and building searches, incentive guidance, site analysis and, electric rate estimates. Hoosier Energy encourages companies and site consultants to visit www.HoosierSites.com to use a series of unique tools and to see what great things are happening in Hoosier’s territory. Our Mission: To provide reliable and competitively priced energy and services in a safe and environmentally acceptable manner.

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS


Business Facilities is the leading full-service media brand specializing in the site selection marketplace. In print, online, and face-to-face, Business Facilities has created a dynamic community that connects corporate site selectors with economic development organizations from across North America and around the world.

Business Facilities magazine is read by 40,000 C-level executives, corporate real estate executives and other site selection decision-makers. Published six times a year, each issue profiles state, regional and international locations. In addition, the full range of the site selection experience is covered, from "how-to" information on comparing the financial incentives offered by different communities around the world, to profiles of the latest relocations undertaken by major corporations.

BusinessFacilities.com is the share of market leader among all site selection websites, providing up-to-the-minute site selection news and industry-specific features. Resources for site selectors include a 50-state Incentives Guide, the Online Site Seekers' Guide directory, Location Spotlights and more.

Business Facilities LiveXchange is an invitation-only matchmaking event that connects corporate executives and site consultants that have active projects with economic development organizations from across North America. Representatives from Fortune 500 and mid-sized growth companies, plus leading site consultants meet with EDOs to discuss their relocation or expansion projects in prescheduled and confidential one-on-one meetings.



The race is on...for jobs, talent and capital investment. Is your organization ready? We can help. Founded in 2010, POWER 10 is a national capital campaign management firm specializing in campaigns to fund economic and community development programs at the city, county, region, and state levels. Our staff has managed more than 100 campaigns coast to coast and raised hundreds of millions of dollars. We are equally adept at managing first-time campaigns and “renewal” campaigns to fund second and subsequent programs. Founder and CEO Sean Mikula leads the firm together with Executive Vice President Amity Farrar, Vice President of Operations Laura Lilly, and a team of professional Development Directors and Planners. We play the role of “quarterback” in the capital campaigns we manage, provide on-site management of day-to-day campaign operations, and “make the Ask.” What distinguishes POWER 10 in the marketplace? It is the talent and tenacity of our team, the consistent quality of our services, and the fresh ideas we bring to each client. We do not rent out campaign directors, we do not “pop in” to our clients’ offices once per month and dispense counsel - we are “hands on,” all in and focused on WINNING.



The Indy Chamber serves as a voice of progress and improvement in the region, uniting business and community to maintain a strong economy and quality of life. Our advocacy efforts, networking events, economic development initiatives, and other member benefits position members, business leaders and the community for success. Indy has what it takes to be a world-class region, where innovation meets performance. The Indy Chamber is here to realize that potential to its fullest.



The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s mission is to build, market and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment. Founded in 2006, the public-private partnership strives to build a globally competitive region. The Partnership’s Vision 2030 framework supports collaborative regional efforts to increase per capita income, population growth and educational attainment by focusing on business attraction, talent attraction and talent development. The Northeast Indiana region includes 11 counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. The Regional Partnership recently unveiled the Make It Your Own brand to attract talent to live and work in the region. Make It Your Own is designed to assist regional employers in their recruitment efforts as they tell Northeast Indiana’s compelling story. The brand authentically positions Northeast Indiana as a community that offers unparalleled opportunity, affordability and quality of life. For more information, visit www.neindiana.com.



The world has changed; have you? Resource Development Group (RDG) was established in 1995 to provide experienced fundraising counsel to economic and community development organizations. RDG has worked with a wide variety of clients including Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Corporations, Community Improvement Corporations, and Regional Partnerships in communities of all sizes. Our specific expertise includes managing multi-faceted fundraising initiatives in complex regions comprised of multiple political jurisdictions. We build organizations that build communities! We have managed more than 200 economic/community development funding projects generating close to $2 billion in operating revenue for our clients. In addition to revenue generation solutions, we also consult in areas designed to improve your organization’s ability to provide crucial solutions for your communities – organizational design, best practice work, performance benchmarking, and board restructuring to name a few. Our products range from “turn-key” capital campaigns to specific consulting solutions, all designed with your unique challenges and opportunities in mind.

 

GOLD SPONSORS



Because no single factor drives the opportunity gap, no single fix will bridge it. That's why LISC has long deployed a comprehensive strategy for helping residents connect to safe, affordable housing, quality job training, financial coaching and much more. Over the next three years, we aim to invest more than $3 billion to catalyze opportunity for residents and communities for whom the American Dream has remained a dream—when it should be reality. We'll be directing 20 percent of our financing to rural places and Native communities. Our investments are targeted to

1. empower people, by connecting residents to job skills training and financial coaching, and by investing in education, healthcare and recreation facilities;
2. transform historically under-resourced places, by creating affordable housing, developing commercial and industrial districts, and forging community partnerships;
3. support local economies, by investing in small business development; and,
4. foster leadership and innovation, through cross-sector collaborations.


Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy Company, is an energy delivery company which serves more than 1 million customers in Indiana and Ohio

 

SILVER SPONSORS


The Indiana Communities Institute (ICI) brings together many of Ball State University’s top research and outreach activities to assist Indiana communities as they strive to improve life experiences for residents, businesses, and visitors. ICI harnesses Ball State talent and resources to help Indiana towns, cities, and counties address 21st Century economic development challenges. Our research-policy-practice framework serves as a model for university economic development efforts across the nation. We believe that the single most important element in strengthening local economies is attracting and retaining talented individuals. We engage with economic development stakeholders at the community, regional, state, and national levels to aid in formulating and executing strategic, tactical approaches designed to improve economic prospects based on sound policy development and research findings. Our partnerships lead to informed, effective projects, strategies, and training programs that bring development efforts into the 21st century.



Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 6,800 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 820,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its Electric Utilities and Infrastructure business unit serves approximately 7.5 million customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. The company’s Gas Utilities and Infrastructure business unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its Commercial Renewables business unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States. Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com.



The Indiana Municipal Power Agency was created by a group of municipally-owned electric utilities, enabling them to share power resources and provide electricity more economically to their customers. As a non-profit organization owned and governed by its members, IMPA focuses on providing its 61 communities with a wholesale power supply that is low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible.



Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is a leader in addressing rural and state issues of national importance. Ranked in the top 50 most innovative public service schools in the country by Best Value Schools, the School was recently elevated to the 68th top U.S. News and World Report Best Public Affairs Grad School. The Voinovich School is a catalyst for regional, state and national impact in health and wellness, education, the environment, entrepreneurship and economic development. Partnerships with nonprofit organizations, government and the private sector create public value by leveraging the expertise of engaged faculty and professionals to develop researched-based solutions to intractable challenges facing communities, the economy and the environment. Home to the Master of Public Administration and Environmental Studies programs, the Voinovich School engages students in a combination of unique, hands-on learning opportunities and networking to bring their ideas to life.

 

BRONZE SPONSORS



Ashmore Consulting is a full-service advisory firm supporting clients in over 35 states. We are the go-to experts when it comes to maximizing tax credits, business incentives and in the identification of strategic business locations. We guide executives and small business enterprises through the process of designing a portfolio of strategies and leveraging it for overall savings and cost reductions. With our comprehensive process, cutting-edge technology, experience and relationships we save our clients time; increase their ROI; reduce risk and ensure accuracy and consistency from start to finish.



Coastal Cloud, a Salesforce.com Platinum Level Partner, is a disruptive IT consulting company that delivers innovative business solutions built upon leading edge cloud computing technologies. Our team of experienced business technology consultants are 100% Salesforce Certified and 100% On-Shore. We have enjoyed significant market success from our headquarters in Palm Coast, Florida and are embarking on our next US expansion with new solution centers serving the country from Louisville, Kentucky and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Our focus on nimble, innovative, citizen-focused technology solutions for state & local government organizations could help you accelerate your Economic Development success immediately. Please contact our team to learn more about our Economic Development Customer Relationship Management Quickstart Platform today. See us at www.coastalcloud.us.



We help communities and organizations of all sizes lead, oversee, and drive their transformational projects, and we work to build consensus among all stakeholders before the first shovel of dirt is overturned. We’re an impartial, third-party expert that has done this before. And the earlier you get CORE Planning Strategies involved, the more efficient and successful your project will be. At CORE Planning, our number one priority is helping you achieve your ideal project. We don’t design or build the projects themselves, rather we serve as project managers, coaches, translators, and, on occasion, psychiatrists, as you navigate the waters of community planning. Our background in architecture, engineering and construction means we can speak the language. We know the right questions to ask, the right partners to get involved, and what it’s realistically going to take to get the job done. And done well.



The Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation redefined its mission in 2018 and is focused on promoting the county as a great place to live, work, learn and play in this thriving central Indiana area. We provide resources, connectivity, collaboration and opportunity for people interested in living and working in Hamilton County, Indiana.



IEDA is the voice of economic development for Indiana. Made up of economic developers, utilities, attorneys, consultants, financial institutions, higher education professionals, engineers, architects and construction professionals, our members are passionately dedicated to attracting and retaining jobs for the great people of Indiana. In addition to frequent networking opportunities, IEDA members enjoy:

- on-going education
- the exchange of ideas and best practices
- interaction with legislators and state officials
- and the improvement of professional skills

IEDA also works hard to promote state and federal policies that support a positive business climate to help existing businesses flourish and attract new businesses to the state. Our advocacy experts help ensure that economic development issues remain on the agenda for our state administrators and elected officials.



From its beginning over 34 years ago, Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation (JCIDC) in Seymour, Indiana has developed into one of the top industrial and economic development agencies in the Midwest. Since the economic downturn of 2008-10, JCIDC has helped facilitate “promised investment” of over $950 million from Jackson County industries and over 2,400 new industrial jobs, which has kept unemployment rates below state and national averages. In addition to attraction, retention and expansion efforts, JCIDC is also heavily involved in workforce development, and created the JCIDC Workforce Partnership in 1998. This program betters prepare the and future workforce by facilitating a number of programs for middle school and high school students, plus helps the incumbent workforce by assisting with post-secondary education and training. JCIDC also was involved in the 2002 creation of the South Central Indiana Economic Development regional marketing group, a 10-county region served by Interstates 65, 64 and 71.



The Johnson County Development Corporation (JCDC) is a non-profit private/public partnership providing economic development services for companies throughout Johnson County, Indiana. The services available include working closely with site selectors, providing comprehensive research and demographic information, coordinating between the state and the business for economic incentives, and meeting the unique needs of each community within our county. JCDC’s mission is to reach globally to enhance the county’s quality of life, standard of living, and tax base by developing a diversified and high income employment environment, and creating new capital investment opportunities through the retention and expansion of our existing marketplace and the attraction of new companies to our county.


The City of Noblesville, population 61,882, is located twenty seven (27) miles northeast of Indianapolis and forty (40) miles from the Indianapolis International Airport (IAA), where 145 flights take off daily to fifty one (51) nonstop destinations. IAA is home to the second largest FedEx Hub in the world, with a planned $1.5 billion expansion over the next seven (7) years. Noblesville is located in close proximity to Interstates 65, 69, 70 and 465, providing a day’s drive to eighty (80) percent of the U.S. population. Since 2008, Noblesville’s largest employer, SMC Corporation of America, a 30% global market share pneumatics company, headquartered in Japan, supports customers in every industrialized country, has invested $137 Million dollars in a 2.5 MSF facility with approximately 950 employees. SMC is a leader in pneumatics technology and products that support automation for labor savings. For more information on Noblesville please visit, www.choosenoblesville.com.


The Shelby County Development Corporation (SCDC) is a non-profit, public/private partnership established in 1988 to promote economic growth and development throughout Shelby County, Indiana. SCDC works collaboratively with local and state officials to diversify the county economy through focused efforts on industry retention, expansion, and global business attraction. Shelby County offers convenient access to Interstates 74 and 65, and is located approximately 20 minutes south of I-70. Last year, Shelby County Development Corporation worked collaboratively with several local manufacturers to create Made in Shelby County – highlighting various products produced in Shelby County and distributed worldwide. The mission of SHELBY COUNTY Development Corporation is to increase compatible investment in Shelby County and assist with quality job development in existing and new businesses – thereby enhancing the quality of life in our community.

 

LANYARD SPONSOR


Applied Marketing is a premiere business development provider. We specialize in assisting economic development organizations with targeting, profiling, lead generation, and appointment setting. Our business development process is focused on the planning and care needed for long-term success. Applied Marketing is dedicated to delivering a results-driven customer experience, by inspiring and nurturing your business development, through industry-leading research, high-quality marketing, and the best professional outreach services available.

 

MEDIA SPONSORS


For 23 years, Business Xpansion Journal magazine has delivered insightful, educational and other useful information to assist companies and their legal representatives with the expansion and relocation process. This process is complicated with so many variables, tangibles and intangibles. BXJ offers comprehensive tools to help understand incentives, workforce development, real estate, education, job training, transportation and much more. Each issue of the print and digital magazine, newsletter and complementing social media tackles geography state by state, industry by industry, along with the myriad of tax, legal and intellectual property issues that follow these decisions. Its editors get to the heart of economic development coverage and understand the categories of information and insight executives need in making informed relocation decisions. For more information please go to www.bxjmag.com. Business Xpansion Journal is published by Latitude3 Media Group headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.


Conway is the world's only full-service agency in the global corporate investment and FDI industries. Conway has published the award-winning Site Selection magazine since 1954, and through offices all over the world we maintain an industry-best network of corporate expansion planners. Our suite of services includes:

LEAD GENERATION – connecting clients with decision-makers responsible for hundreds of billions in new investment projects each year
EVENTS – Conway has managed events across the globe, including the annual World Forum for Foreign Direct Management
FDI TRAINING SEMINARS – Site Consultants and corporate leaders teach economic developers the best strategies for connecting with their target audience
CONWAY ANALYTICS – a web portal and monthly reports featuring global project announcements and exclusive Lead Signals
PR & MARKETING – from brand development to media placement, we deliver your message to the world
CUSTOM CONTENT – Creating editorial excellence for more than 200 global clients
IAMC – Conway has managed the Industrial Asset Management Council since its inception.


fDi Intelligence is a specialist service from the Financial Times established to provide industry leading insight into globalization with a portfolio of world-class products, services and business tools that allow organizations such as economic development organizations, companies, services providers and academic institutions to make informed decisions regarding FDI and associated activities. The partnership of fDi Intelligence and GIS Planning makes us the world’s leading online economic development service, with the most powerful and comprehensive portfolio of online products and services to help you to drive investment into your location. To find out how these services could be of benefit, contact us at econdev@ft.com.

 

Partnering in Economic Recovery and Resilience


IEDC thanks Southwest Airlines for their support of volunteers going to Texas, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida to assist in economic recovery. In its 47th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 56,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually, in recent years. Southwest became the nation's largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. During peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 100 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries.