12/26/2018 11:06:00 AM Radius Indiana to continue community leadership program for its eight counties
BEDFORD — The Radius Indiana board of directors will begin 2019 with new board members and a number of new initiatives for the organization, including a new strategic plan and the launch of a region-wide tourism campaign.
The board reconfirmed past Radius Indiana CEO and former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman as board chairwoman, as well as approved the election of three new board members, and ratified a 2019 budget that includes several new priorities and initiatives in support of the recently adopted strategic plan for the organization.
New board members elected to three-year terms are Chuck Franz, Cook Corp.; Brent Sternberg, German American Bank; and Mike Myers, Daviess County Council.
The 2019 budget includes funding for key areas of the Radius strategic plan such as governance and leadership activities, Crane Community Support, regional marketing, talent attraction and retention, entrepreneurship and small business growth and the recently announced regional tourism campaign — “Discover Southern Indiana.”
Some of the specific initiatives include continuing the Economic Development for Community Leadership Program and other educational courses, focusing on defense industry growth strategies, engaging in veterans’ recruitment, promoting regional job opportunities, hosting pitch competitions for aspiring entrepreneurs and facilitating site selector trips to share the benefits of doing business in the area.
“With the implementation of our new strategic plan, 2019 will be a busy year for Radius. Our new initiatives will build on the past successes and give us the opportunity to do more to grow and strengthen the region,” said Radius Indiana President and CEO Jeff Quyle.
Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of the region to drive attraction, retention and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.