READI Project Submission for 70-40-Greater Mt. Comfort Corridor/Hancock READI Region

READI Project Submission

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Call for Proposals

The 70-40-Greater Mt. Comfort Corridor/Hancock READI Region invites our community stakeholders to submit a project proposal for the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is awarding $500 million throughout the state to promote Indiana’s talent development and economic growth. Identified regions throughout Indiana can be awarded up to $50 million. Our region, which consists of most of Hancock County and Eastern Indianapolis, would like to submit a regional development plan to secure READI funding.

To submit a strategic and innovative plan, we invite community stakeholders, including businesses, nonprofits, and other community organizations and entities, to submit a project proposal for our consideration. Project proposals must align with one or more of the following categories:

  • Quality of Place: Examples include workforce housing, infrastructure, cultural facilities, community spaces, civic initiatives, and DEI initiatives.
  • Innovation: Examples include research and development partnerships and equipment, cyber security, and coding.
  • Entrepreneurship: Examples include business incubation, coworking spaces, makerspaces, digital literacy and adoption by employers.
  • Workforce/Talent Initiatives: Examples include workforce training, facilities, and equipment.

To submit a project proposal, please follow the link below to complete a submission form. All proposals are due by July 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm to Jack Woods at Once proposals have been submitted, they will be reviewed by the evaluation committee to determine which projects will be incorporated into the regional development plan. Submission of a project proposal does not guarantee its inclusion in the regional development plan nor does it guarantee that the project will receive funding.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and learning about your innovative ideas to enhance and develop our community!

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Thank you!

Sharing Successes & Saying Thank You!

In the fall of 2016, the HEDC Celebrated the Successes of Hancock County. Eight businesses were recognized at our Celebration event, to say Thank You for choosing Hancock County! Plus, two new Indiana State Certified Sites were announced for Barr North and Barr South—which bring the total of certified sites in Hancock County to six.

This marks the 4th Annual Celebration we have come together as a community with business leaders, local elected officials, and other invited guests to say thank you.  In 2016 over $139 million in proposed investment and 876 proposed jobs are represented in the eight businesses: Brybelly; Celadon; County Materials; Foamcraft; Indiana Auto Fasteners; Landsberg; Photon; and Tsuda – bringing the four-year totals to over $519 million in proposed investment and over 2,800 proposed jobs!

Aqua Indiana, HEDC board of director member, sponsored the event held at the Tour of Italy restaurant in downtown Greenfield on September 22, 2016. And, NineStar Connect, also an HEDC board of director member, generously provided videographers to highlight the event.

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