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Innovation Policy Forum

 Indiana University Public Policy Institute


Advancing Economic Development and Workforce Readiness in Micropolitan Areas


April 25, 2018
Hine Hall, 875 W North Street
Indianapolis, Indiana

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9:15 AM            Welcome
                          Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

9:30 AM            Expanding Indiana’s Innovation Economy
                         The Honorable Eric Holcomb, Governor of Indiana      [Introduced by Tom Guevara, Indiana University] 

10:00 AM          Panel I:  Growing Micropolitan Innovation Networks

                          Moderator: Tom Guevara, Indiana University 

                          Understanding Place-based Economic Performance
                          David Audretsch, Indiana University (View Slides)

    Cluster-Based Strategies for Innovation and Growth in Micropolitan Areas
               Mercedes Delgado, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (View Slides)

    Lessons for New Regional Economic Development; Strategy Frameworks and Measurement Systems
    Timothy Slaper, Indiana University  (View Slides)                      

11:00 AM          Coffee Break


11:15 AM          Panel II:  Innovation Partnerships for Broad-based Growth

    Moderator: David Audretsch, Indiana University

    Challenges and Opportunities for Micropolitan Growth
    Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  (View Slides)

    Informing Regional Economic Development:  A Fresh Look at University Partnerships
    Stephan Weiler, Colorado State University  (View Slides)

    Industry Partnerships for a Skilled Technical Workforce

    Mario Kratsch, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest


    The Catalytic Role of Foundations

    Ace Yakey, Lilly Endowment, Inc.


12:30 PM          Lunch 

1:30 PM           Panel III:  Growing the Micropolitan Ecosystem

   Moderator: Jim Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce

   Capacity Building in Micropolitan Areas
   Roland Stephen and Nikhil Kalathil, SRI International  (View Slides)

   Drawing Rural Communities to New Economic Opportunities
              Lauren Robel, Indiana University  (View Slides)

   Fostering Economic Development in Indiana
              David Roberts, Indiana Economic Development Corporation 

   Building the Crane Innovation Ecosystem
   Kyle Werner, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane  (View Slides)

2:45 PM           Coffee Break 

3:00 PM            Panel IV: Accelerating Innovation and Manufacturing Growth

                         Moderator: Phillip Singerman, National Institute of Standards and Technology 

    Sustaining Indiana’s Manufacturing Base
              Steven Jones and Mark Frohlich, IU Kelley School of Business 

    Growing Indiana’s Skilled Technical Workforce
               Jennifer McNelly, 180 Skills  (View Slides)

    The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership
    L. David Snow, Purdue University (View Slides)

    Rooting Industry and Innovation in Indiana

    Joan Wills, Cummins  (View Slides)

4:15 PM            Policy Roundtable:  From Theory to Practice

                          Moderator:  Jennifer McNelly, 180 Skills                       

     John Hamilton, Mayor of Bloomington, IN
               Keith Belton, Indiana University
               Molly Martin, New America Indianapolis
               Ryan Smith, U.S. Economic Development Administration                       

5:15 PM            Adjourn to Reception