In May 2021, Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) launched the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI).

Through READI, regions worked collaboratively to create visions for the future, with programs, initiatives, and projects critical to retaining talent and attracting the workforce of tomorrow.

Seventeen regions, including the Indiana Uplands, developed plans that outline strategies focused on improving the quality of place, quality of life, and quality of opportunity. In December 2021, the Indiana Uplands was awarded $30 million in READI funds for our “Region on the Rise.

Since the December announcement, ROI, Radius Indiana, and our partners have attended IEDC-sponsored trainings and refined programs to align with regional and READI guidelines and objectives. In May, regions across the state received the go-ahead to move forward with their READI strategies. With guidance from the Uplands READI Steering Committee and IEDC, ROI is initially launching two competitive READI funding opportunities to advance regional goals outlined by READI and the Indiana Uplands READI Development Plan. Ready Innovation and Ready Talent initiatives are also in development.

$3 Million Funding Initiative

Ready Communities 2.0

Creating and enhancing community amenities that make the Indiana Uplands an attractive place to live, work, and play.

$9 Million Funding Initiative

Ready Housing

Advancing housing opportunities in the Indiana Uplands.