Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc., is supporting and planning for investments in quality of place development that have the potential to benefit the entire Indiana Uplands region.
Ready Communities – Quality-of-Place and Workforce Attraction
Grants from the Regional Opportunity Fund support planning and investment in quality-of-place development that has the potential to benefit the entire region. All eleven Indiana Uplands counties received ROI planning grants in 2018 to develop Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plans. These plans, now completed, detail projects and priorities for each county that have the potential to advance aesthetics and beautification, connectivity and infrastructure development, and community cohesion and support in a meaningful way. Three rounds of follow-on grants will be available to counties for implementation of strategies that will enhance the region’s ability to thrive as both a desirable and a competitive place to work, live, play and invest. For more information, please visit https://regionalopportunityinc.org/ready-communities/.
Regional Housing Study
Housing is cited as a common and significant challenge across all 11 counties of the Indiana Uplands. ROI commissioned RDG, a comprehensive planning and design consultant with a specialization in housing, to conduct both a regional and county-by-county analysis of housing in the Uplands. Results of the housing study provide quantifiable targets for housing development in the region by income, type, and location. The full study and county-specific reports are available at https://regionalopportunityinc.org/housing/.
Competitive Positioning – Regional Branding
ROI’s competitive positioning initiative engaged regional stakeholders in defining the personality and story of our counties and our people. An 11-county area in southwest central Indiana, the Indiana Uplands is a region of industrious, resilient individuals and organizations with a drive to innovate and a commitment to one another. Based upon thorough market research and local insight, Indiana Uplands was developed to serve as the overarching brand for a region of great potential and possibility, a region that is home to exceptional assets, thriving employers, innovative schools, and world-class research institutions. The Indiana Uplands is a region on the way up. A new website showcases all that is the Indiana Uplands: www.inuplands.org.
WestGate@Crane Technology Park Feasibility Analysis & Master Plan
ROI has commissioned a study to catalyze broad-based economic development at and around the WestGate@Crane Technology Park in Crane, Indiana. By creating a unified vision for the WestGate@Crane region, the area will realize its potential as an economic development nexus. This study will evaluate the feasibility of an expansion of the existing technology park and amenities, as well as recommended steps and a proposed vision for pursuing unified development of the WestGate region, including the US 231 Interchange on I-69.