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West Central Indiana, Proudly a 21st Century Talent Region

Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo joined state and local officials to announce the West Central Indiana Region Indiana’s seventh 21st Century Talent Region, a statewide designation awarded to Indiana communities focused on working collaboratively to attract, develop and connect talent. The announcement was made in July 2020.

The Office of Career Connections and Talent, with support from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and technical assistance from CivicLab, launched the 21st Century Talent Region initiative to encourage local governments, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits, and economic and workforce development partners to create and implement plans to increase educational attainment, raise household income and grow the population in a region. By taking a comprehensive, systems approach, participating regions will identify strategic priorities and projects aimed at helping its communities create a better quality of place, develop and skill up its workforce, and connect talented Hoosiers with businesses seeking to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs.

During the event, Secretary Milo and Indiana Destination Development Corporation Secretary & CEO Elaine Bedel presented Kristin Craig, President of Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, with the official 21st Century Talent Region designation. The West Central Indiana Region, supported by West Central 2025, is a six-county region encompassing Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo Counties.

Spearheaded by West Central 2025, created under the umbrella of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and its foundation, the West Central Indiana Region identified key priorities through the 21st Century Talent Region initiative, including:
• Immediately begin building individual community teams focused on: leveraging placemaking strategies and related performance goals, examining data to determine next steps in achieving equitable opportunities for the entire west central Indiana population, and growing partnerships across the region;
• By the end of 2020, analyze available data and work to complete regional goal setting for talent attraction and connection milestones, and;
• By 2025, halt population decline to a negligible number and connect talent with equitable economic opportunities to raise per capita personal income to 85 percent of the state average.

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