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Local Millennials Spark Change

June 21st, 2012

For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2012

Local Millennials Spark Change
Millennials Voice Change They Want to See in Northeast Indiana at "M2020 Spark Tank"

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Hey Millennials, do you have innovative ideas? The region is listening.

Millennials from across the region are invited to bring their ideas on how to change the story of Northeast Indiana to a new event called M2020 Spark Tank on Friday, July 27. Spark Tank is an opportunity for Millennials (15-25) to pitch their ideas for sparking change in the region to their peers and regional leaders. At the end of the day, the top ideas--as voted on by a panel of Millennials and regional leaders--will be chosen to receive up to $500 in seed funding.

Dont have an idea? No problem. Come listen to the great ideas being presented, offer feedback, network with regional leaders and collaborate to create the change you want to see happen in your hometown.

Results of surveys collected from thousands of Millennials from across Northeast Indiana also will be unveiled at M2020 Spark Tank, which includes data summarizing Millennial opinion on the region's assets, greatest challenges and ideas for changing Northeast Indiana's story. This information will be used to spark ideas that will be incorporated into projects throughout the day.

And as added incentives...

  • Several prize packages will be given away throughout the day including two sets of Colts preseason tickets!
  • First 100 attendees through the door will receive tickets to the TinCaps game that night!
  • Like the Millennial 2020 Facebook page for a chance to win a prize at the event!

When: Friday, July 27, 9am-6pm

Where: USF Performing Arts Center (formerly the Scottish Rite Center), 431 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Who: Millennials (ages 15-25) and Regional Leaders

Admission: Free!

Registration: Register online at www.Millennial2020.com/registration.

Questions: Contact Tori Rowe at Tori@neindiana.com or 260-469-3465

Register your idea by July 20th at www.millennial2020.com/m2020-spark-tank for a chance to win a $50 gift card!


FIND MORE DETAILS ON THE NEW WEBSITE
A new website has also been launched to support millennial engagement in Northeast Indiana, www.Millennial2020.com . The site offers more information about the M2020 Spark Tank event as well as several interactive features including posting videos about your favorite part of the region, adding points of interest for Millennials to the Northeast Indiana map and and additional information about Millennial 2020.


ABOUT
M2020 Spark Tank is an event through the Millennial 2020 program. Millennial 2020 is an extension of Vision 2020, a regional initiative stewarded by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, working to transform Northeast Indiana through the five pillars of 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure, and Quality of Life. Millennial 2020 is giving Millennials an active voice and role in Vision 2020 and directly aligning with Vision 2020's mission for Northeast Indiana of developing, attracting, and retaining talent. M2020 Spark Tank is being sponsored in part by the University of Saint Francis.

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. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas (the five pillars) 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.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Courtney Tritch
Marketing Director
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
260.469.3460
courtney@NEIndiana.com

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