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. The following is a list of winners since awards were first presented in 2018.
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.
Dr. Laura Hammack
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane
Diversity Innovation Award
The Diversity Innovation Award will honor individuals or organizations that have implemented innovative strategies for attracting and/or retaining diversity in the regional workforce.
General Motors African Ancestry Network – Bedford Chapter
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.
Lawrence County Workforce Coalition
Loogootee Community Schools & Loughmiller Machine, Tool and Design
Cook Medical’s My Cook Pathway Program
Employer Innovation Award
The Employer Innovation Award recognizes an Indiana Uplands employer who seeks creative solutions to talent and workforce development challenges, supports the success of regional key sectors, and exemplifies meaningful partnerships with K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, and/or other employers.
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.
Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation
Shoals Jug Rox Robotix Program
NSWC Crane STEM Team
Paoli High School Agriculture Department
The 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.
Daviess Advances Recovery Access Consortium
White River Military Coordination Alliance
The Collaboration of Mitchell, Orleans and Shoals Community Schools
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.
Possibilities in Paoli
School-Based Telehealth Program White River Valley Schools and Greene County General Hospital
City of Huntingburg Market Street Park
Uplands Regional Resiliency Award
The Uplands Regional Resiliency Award recognized an organization in the Uplands that persevered through a crisis that was unforeseen and beyond their control, pivoting successfully by adapting to change. This award honored those who have risen to a challenge and by doing so advanced resilience in their community and the Uplands region.
Project Hope IU Kelley School of Business MSIS program, Ivy Tech, and the Small Business Development Center, Bloomington Office
Pathway Innovation of the Year
The Pathway Innovation of the Year was awarded for a K-12 or post-secondary pathway in advanced manufacturing, defense, healthcare, life sciences, or technology that aligned student learning with the employment ecosystem of the Uplands region.
White River Valley High School Precision Machining Program
Workforce Development Award