Crane Regional Technology Council
Crane Regional Technology Council addresses workforce development, growth issues; executives of commercial defense companies, senior academic representatives take part in statewide meeting
Purdue, IU, Notre Dame, Rolls Royce, Raytheon, SAIC, URS and others assemble to discuss growth in community foundation-directed event
AUGUST 2013, ODON, Indiana—Senior representatives and executives from major Indiana universities, national commercial defense companies and community foundation leaders assembled at the WestGate Academy August 2 to identify and discuss workforce development and economic growth opportunities. “The Crane Regional Technology Council was organized to help the region get better aligned with senior academic resources and commercial companies in order to create and seize new growth opportunities,” said Ron Arnold, executive director of the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. “The Council takes as its focus the advancement of the region through collaboration and transformation, and is complementary and supportive of other initiatives to help grow both the Indiana defense-related sector and the surrounding area.”
More than 50 executives gathered in the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park for the day-long meeting, which included a luncheon presentation on workforce development by Steve Ferguson, chairman of the Cook Group. Also on the agenda was a briefing from Duane Embree, executive director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development, and Donald Schulte, executive director of the WestGate tech park.
In addition to a summary of workforce opportunities through technology internships and program directors input into workforce needs led by The MEK Group, Craig Lindvahl of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship discussed how to engage high school juniors and seniors to develop future leaders through the Institute’s Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO). Dr. Jonathon Day from Purdue delivered a presentation on how the region could potentially deepen economic and community development by maximizing tourism opportunities in the region. Arnold noted how the twin initiatives could result in the establishing of a personal growth and development institute in the WestGate tech park, which could help regional residents hone existing skills to advance themselves.
A presentation on the impact of disruptive technology and Big Data implications was presented by John Layden, an expert in manufacturing and supply chain management and CEO of Indianapolis-based Time Compression Strategies.
Council members were joined at the event by area defense program managers from SAIC, URS, Stimulus Engineering, Merrill Aviation, Tri-Star Engineering, Chalklabs, Design to Deliver, Inc., Penn State’s Electro-Optics Center, the Black Bird Group, and other defense-related companies.
“We are pleased and honored that these experienced and seasoned executives would take time to help the region identify and develop new opportunities to improve our regional workforce and attract new opportunities within the state,” said Alex Knepp, chairman of the Daviess County Community Foundation. The Daviess County Foundation served as a principal organizer of the Council to create a positive platform for participation and discussion. Hope Flores, executive director of the Lawrence Community Foundation, Cam Trampke, executive director of the Greene County Foundation; and Greg Jones, executive director of the Southern Indiana Development Commission, all took part in the August 2 meeting.
Information and identified opportunities from the August 2 meeting will be made available to interested groups and economic development organizations as requested, said Arnold. “The intent here is to promote top level engagement among executives and professionals who can rapidly advance the region,” Arnold continued. “This Council is about cooperation and collaboration to accelerate growth and a higher quality of life for all.”Presentations and summaries will be posted online at the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation’s new Web site at www.dcedc.net shortly following the meeting, Arnold noted.
The Daviess County Economic Development Foundation sponsored the Council meetings in January and August.
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