Opportunities council makes funding commitments

December 11th, 2012

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Opportunities council makes funding commitments

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Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 at 9:51am

A marketing campaign to help retain and develop northeast Indiana talent, while also attracting more of it, will receive close to one-third of a $95,000 seed funding commitment made by the Regional Opportunities Council.

An announcement by the council said the “21st Century Talent Made Here” campaign will get $30,000 of the funding.

Of the remaining funds, $25,000 will go toward a 50-percent match of the cost of implementing new regional permitting standards, and $20,000 each will go to a broadband asset mapping project and the Elevate Ventures Inc.s regional entrepreneurship action plan.

"Leaders on the ROC have made significant progress this past year despite the uncertain conditions in the economy," John Sampson, president and chief executive officer of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, said in a statement on the council’s planning.

"Their actions to affirm regional priorities and target funding to leverage action in several specific priorities is inspiring."

The council of more than 100 regional leaders oversees the partnership’s Vision 2020 initiative to boost economic development and improve northeast Indiana's quality of life.

The group has identified five “pillars” around which it is concentrating its efforts: attracting 21st-century talent; fostering a competitive business climate; entrepreneurship; building infrastructure, and improving quality of life.