Big Goal duo to speak at national education conference

October 13th, 2014

October 13, 2014

Big Goal duo to speak at national education conference

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Ryan Twiss, director of the Big Goal Collaborative at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, and Courtney Tritch, vice president of marketing at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, have been selected to present at StriveTogethers "2014 Cradle to Career Network Convening: Making Waves -- Action that Moves Outcomes." This national conference will take place October 15-17, in San Diego, California.

The conference gives communities the opportunity to share how they are improving educational outcomes for students with other communities from across the country.

The pair will lead a deep dive session titled "WHY we do it: A facilitated workshop to communicate your work and grow support." The session will explain how Northeast Indiana is changing its communication approach from focusing on "what we do" to "why we do it" and how the region is honing in on its "why" as it relates to the Big Goal.  It will also address how these efforts have evolved into Northeast Indiana's Our Story Project, that aims at taking the why conversation even one step further to identify "who we are" as a region.

The Big Goal -- one of the priorities identified through the Partnership's Vision 2020 initiative -- aims to increase the percentage of Northeast Indiana residents with high-quality degrees or credentials to 60% by 2025.

"Effective communication efforts are vital to grassroots efforts like the Big Goal, and we're excited to share best practices with communities from across the country who are working to achieve similar results," said Tritch.

The Partnership is looked to nationally for best practices both for its collaborative education initiatives and its innovative communications efforts.

"There is strong support throughout Northeast Indiana for the work being undertaken to reach the Big Goal. Over the past couple years, we've been able to hone our communications to illustrate the importance of building an educated workforce. As we continue to build on this work through the Our Story Project, we look forward to sharing our success and failures and to helping other communities strengthen the messaging for their efforts," said Twiss.

Twiss and Tritch will be joined at the conference by Paige Krouse, continuous improvement manager for the Big Goal Collaborative.

For additional information on the convening and a detailed agenda, visit .  

About StriveTogether

StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks , works with communities nationwide to help them create a civic infrastructure that unites stakeholders around shared goals, measures and results in education, supporting the success of every child, cradle to career. Communities implementing the StriveTogether framework have seen dramatic improvements in kindergarten readiness, standardized test results, and college retention. For more information about StriveTogether, visit

About the Big Goal Collaborative and Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership 

The Big Goal Collaborative launched in 2012 under the 21st Century Talent Pillar of Vision 2020 and is a regional movement comprised of educators, community partners, businesses, civic leaders and others from throughout Northeast Indiana committed to the Big Goal. For more information about the Big Goal Collaborative, visit

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity through product development and effective regional collaboration. The Northeast Indiana Fund (Fund) was created in 2005 to operate as a supporting organization of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, focused specifically on product development and regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. Through its combined efforts in business development and capacity building, the Partnership supports its 10 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit



Courtney Tritch
Vice President of Marketing
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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