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State Designates Indianapolis’s East Side A ‘Talent Region’

By Justin Hicks, IPB News | Published on in Business, Community, Statewide News
A planning document for the new talent region showing how area agencies address talent development, connection and attraction. (Courtesy Indiana Career Connections and Talent.)
A planning document for the new talent region showing how area agencies address talent development, connection and attraction. (Courtesy Indiana Career Connections and Talent)

The Indiana Office of Career Connections and Talent designated Indianapolis’s east side as the state’s latest 21st century talent region – a recognition awarded when several local agencies commit to work together to attract and develop skilled workers in the region.

Dozens of organizations are banding together under the title of “Eastside Economic Recovery and Mobility District.” It encompasses several low-income neighborhoods that have previously been designated “promise” or “opportunity” zones by federal and local authorities.

James Taylor is the CEO of John Boner Neighborhood Centers. He says it will act as the lead organizer in coordinating the workforce development efforts required to be named a talent region.

“It’s very empowering to see residents come together and help support the creation of the vision that feeds into this designation,” he says.

The newly-formed district is measuring its success by increasing the population, post-secondary education and median income by 2025. It’s the sixth talent region named by the state.

Contact reporter Justin at jhicks@wvpe.org or follow him on Twitter at @Hicks_JustinM.