Recognizing the Best of the Indiana Uplands

The Indiana Uplands Regional Innovation Awards recognize deserving people, organizations, and projects that have made meaningful improvements to education, workforce, economic development, and/or quality of place within the 11 counties of the Uplands region.

Award winners are recognized annually at the ROI Annual Report to the Region.

Becky Skillman Regional Leadership Award

The Becky Skillman Regional Leadership Award recognizes an individual or organization that has shown uncommon dedication to bringing the Indiana Uplands region together in pursuit of regional success and prosperity.

2020 Winner: Dr. Laura Hammack

2019 Winner
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane

2018 Winner
Becky Skillman


Talent Innovation Award

The Talent Innovation Award recognizes an entity that has designed and deployed an innovative strategy for improving our regional workforce through training, skill advancement, or talent attraction to the Indiana Uplands.

2020 Winner: Lawrence County Workforce Coalition

2019 Winners
Loogootee Community Schools & Loughmiller Machine, Tool and Design

2018 Winner
Cook Medical’s My Cook Pathway Program


STEM Innovation Award

The STEM Innovation Award recognizes a program or organization that has made meaningful and novel contributions to STEM education or training in the Indiana Uplands.

2020 Winner: NSWC Crane STEM Team

2019 Winners
Loogootee Community Schools & Loughmiller Machine, Tool and Design


Regional Collaboration Award

The Regional Collaboration Award recognizes two or more organizations that have worked collaboratively to advance prosperity for residents of the Uplands region through education, economic, or quality of place efforts.

2020 Winner: White River Military Coordination Alliance

2019 Winners
The Collaboration of Mitchell, Orleans and Shoals Community Schools

2018 Winners
The Ready Schools collaboration of Dubois County Schools: Greater Jasper, Northeast Dubois, Southeast Dubois, and Southwest Dubois school corporations


Quality of Place Innovation Award

The Quality of Place Innovation Award recognizes projects and meaningful community improvements that enhance the Indiana Uplands as an inventive, industrious, and friendly place to live, work, and play.

2020 Winner: School-Based Telehealth Program
White River Valley Schools and Greene County General Hospital

2019 Winner
City of Huntingburg Market Street Park


Uplands Regional Resiliency Award

New in 2020! The Uplands Regional Resiliency Award will recognize organizations in the Uplands that have persevered through crisis, pivoting successfully by adapting  to change that was unforeseen and beyond their control. This award will honor those who have risen to a challenge and by doing so have advanced resilience in their community and the Uplands region.

2020 Winner: Project Hope
IU Kelley School of Business MSIS program, Ivy Tech, and the Small Business Development Center, Bloomington Office


Uplands Diversity Award

New in 2020! The Uplands Diversity Award will honor individuals or organizations that have implemented innovative strategies for attracting and/or retaining diversity in the regional workforce.

2020 Winner: Boston Scientific 


Pathway Innovation of the Year

The Pathway Innovation of the Year is awarded for a K-12 or post-secondary pathway in advanced manufacturing, defense, healthcare, life sciences, or technology that aligns student learning with the employment ecosystem of the Uplands region.

2019 Winner
White River Valley High School Precision Machining Program