News Release | May 2010

Lilly Endowment continues support of Conexus Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics workforce efforts with $3.45M grant

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Contact: Chris Watts, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership/Conexus Indiana
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Lilly Endowment continues support of Conexus Indiana's
advanced manufacturing and logistics workforce efforts
with $3.45M grant

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.,  January 15, 2010)  Conexus Indiana  today announced a $3.45 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. for Conexus Indiana, an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) focused on manufacturing and logistics. Awarded to the CICP Foundation, the grant will support the efforts of Conexus to showcase career opportunities and connect potential workers with the right education and training opportunities in these increasingly high-tech industry sectors.

Launched by CICP in 2007 with Endowment funding, Conexus Indiana has worked with industry and education partners to prepare workers for manufacturing and logistics careers.  The growing trend of Baby Boomer retirements in these fields combined with new business growth will create more than 5,000 job openings in Central Indiana over the near term according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections - the equivalent of three new factories the size of the Greensburg Honda plant.  

Many of these jobs are in advanced manufacturing and logistics, using cutting-edge technologies and practices to maximize productivity and streamline supply chains.  Indiana's advanced manufacturing sector generates a spectrum of state-of-the-art products from lifesaving pharmaceuticals and medical devices to electrified vehicles, from jet engines to wind turbines.

"Excellent jobs are available in manufacturing and logistics - but they are different from the assembly line positions of the past, and many require advanced skills," said Sara B. Cobb, Lilly Endowment's vice president for education. "Lilly Endowment is pleased to support Conexus Indiana as a catalyst to bring industry and education together to prepare Hoosiers better to seize these opportunities." 

"In Indiana, we have a generation entering a tough job market," explained Steve Dwyer, president and CEO of Conexus.  "On the other side of the equation, we have two industry sectors that make up nearly a third of our economy that are in desperate need of qualified workers.

"To bring the two together, we need educational programs that teach the high-tech skills that manufacturing and logistics companies need, and we also have to let young people know that these jobs are available.  This is the work that the Endowment is so generously supporting."

Since its launch in 2007, Conexus has helped create five new post-secondary programs in manufacturing and logistics, including a new advanced manufacturing curriculum being implemented across the state by Ivy Tech Community College.  Conexus also has engaged 28 high schools and career centers across Central Indiana to counsel students on manufacturing and logistics careers, and it is helping create a first-of-its-kind secondary education curriculum that will enable high schoolers to work toward advanced degrees or certificates in these areas.

To promote these programs and encourage more young people to consider manufacturing and logistics opportunities, Conexus has also created an innovative online marketing campaign that will allow Hoosiers to explore specific careers through a series of interactive websites including games, videos, quizzes and other media.  Dubbed 'Dream It. Do It.,' this campaign is poised for launch during the first quarter of 2010.

These activities were made possible in part by a $3 million initial grant from the Endowment in 2007. The new grant will allow Conexus to sustain and expand these efforts over the next two years, with the ultimate goal of increasing enrollments in manufacturing and logistics education and training programs by 55 percent within five years.

"Education is the major competitive advantage in today's knowledge-based economy. It empowers individuals to seek new opportunities, and industries are attracted to regions that have the human capital they need to thrive," concluded Dwyer.  "We'd like to thank Lilly Endowment for supporting our work, helping us build tomorrow's workforce for two of Indiana's most important economic sectors."

Established by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Conexus Indiana is the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, dedicated to making Indiana a global leader in high-growth, high-tech industries in these sectors.  Conexus is focused on strategic priorities like workforce development, creating new industry partnerships and marketing Indiana's competitive advantages.  The CICP Foundation supports the charitable and educational programs and activities of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and its initiatives.

For more information about Conexus Indiana, please visit http://www.conexusindiana.com.

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Green jobs demand an energized workforce

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By Joe Loughrey

Last week, a delegation from the U.S. Department of Energy visited Central Indiana to finalize a $118 million grant to Indianapolis-based EnerDel, the only current U.S. manufacturer of lithium ion batteries for hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles.

Leveraging this grant and private investment, EnerDel is creating more than 1,400 new jobs in Central Indiana, building a new manufacturing facility in Greenfield.  It's a major economic success story for the region.

EnerDel is just part of a growing 'green vehicle' industry in the state.  Last year, Think North America chose Elkhart as the site of the first U.S. factory for its line of electric cars.  In Anderson, Bright Automotive is also engineering state-of-the-art plug-in hybrids.  Established Indiana manufacturers like Cummins, Remy, Delphi and Allison Transmission are also major producers of hybrid components.

We can be proud that Indiana is a leader in putting electric vehicles on the road, helping our environment and making the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil.  Taking advantage of the growing market for plug-ins and hybrids is also good for Indiana's economy.  But we do face a longer-term challenge to sustaining and strengthening this leadership position in the green economy - educating the next generation of employees for this fast-growing, rapidly-evolving industry.

The factories that produce hybrids and plug-ins are increasingly high-tech, just like the cars themselves.  These vehicles feature microcontrollers and other advanced technologies, along with the standard automotive electronics - installing, testing and troubleshooting these components takes a skilled workforce, with technical training beyond high school or two-year associates degrees.

It's not just the green automotive industry that requires more educated employees.  There are very few 'low skill' jobs left in manufacturing in general today.  In a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York ('A Leaner, More Skilled U.S. Manufacturing Workforce'), economists divided manufacturing jobs into low-, medium- and high-skill and observed that between 1982 and 2002, high-skill manufacturing occupations grew 37% while low- and medium-skill jobs declined 24% and 18% respectively.

Indiana boasts a rich reservoir of engineering talent and a strong manufacturing workforce - it's a key competitive advantage that allowed us to attract companies like EnerDel, and why other clean technologies firms are looking to locate and expand in the state.  But to maintain this edge, we have to ensure that our workforce pipeline stays strong, with young workers getting the right degrees and certifications to take advantage of advanced manufacturing careers in electric vehicles and other high-tech fields. 

Initiatives like Conexus Indiana are hard at work bringing private industry and higher education together to create up-to-date manufacturing training programs, and marketing these career paths to young people through its 'Dream It. Do It.' campaign.  Purdue and Ivy Tech Community College received a $6 million federal stimulus grant to create specific degree and technical programs for electric vehicles, and the state's Department of Workforce Development is also focused on green job training.  At the K-12 level, it's critical that technical education programs are spared from budget cuts to get students on the right track early on.

These efforts have to be a top priority for policymakers, educators and manufacturers alike.  Pursuing economic development without a parallel focus on education will ultimately frustrate the ambitions of both the companies that can't find skilled workers to fulfill their growth plans and the Hoosiers who find themselves unqualified for better jobs. 

Announcements like EnerDel's are great news for Indiana's economy; a steady supply of talented workers has been a catalyst for this success.  But we also have to keep a proactive focus on tomorrow's workforce to keep the momentum going.  Looking ahead, degrees and certificates awarded are economic development metrics just like jobs and investment - the path towards a green advanced manufacturing economy for Indiana starts in the classroom.

Loughrey is the retired Vice-Chairman of Cummins, and chairs the Conexus Indiana and Energy Systems Network initiatives for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.

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Conexus Indiana launches Supplier INsight initiative, connecting Hoosier manufacturers and other businesses with in-state suppli

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Conexus launches Indiana Supplier INsight initiative, connecting Hoosier manufacturers and other businesses with in-state suppliers
Interactive database sponsored by Indiana Economic Development Corporation
encourages Hoosiers doing business with Hoosiers

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.,  March 3, 2010)  The Conexus Indiana advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative announced today it has launched Indiana Supplier INsight, a web-based community linking Indiana firms with suppliers within the state.  Sponsored by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), Indiana Supplier INsight will create new opportunities for companies of all sizes, while streamlining supply chains and encouraging Hoosiers doing business with Hoosiers.

Indiana Supplier INsight will provide tangible benefits to manufacturers and other businesses, as the geographic proximity of suppliers means streamlined operations, reductions in transportation costs, more manageable oversight and other advantages.  Access to these potential customers creates a wealth of new business opportunities for Indiana companies. 

"Indiana Supplier INsight opens the door for Hoosier businesses," said Steve Dwyer, President & CEO of Conexus Indiana.  "Manufacturers look at suppliers all over the country, often unaware of qualified firms right here in their own backyard. This initiative shines a light on these companies and helps them forge new relationships."

While Conexus Indiana is focused on the manufacturing and logistics sectors, Supplier INsight is a tool for making connections  between Indiana firms of all industries, including professional service providers.  It is a free service provided by Conexus and the IEDC.

Indiana Supplier INsight is a web-based 'matchmaking' system developed on a software platform by Supplier Gateway, a national firm that provides supply chain networking services to clients including Chrysler, Home Depot, Boeing, and Raytheon, among others.  The platform stores information on registered businesses.  Users can access the platform online to search for Indiana suppliers, using categories like capability, location, industry classification and women- or minority-owned certifications.

"Indiana has attracted record levels of investment in advanced manufacturing over the last several years," said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.  "These firms don't just create new jobs and investment within the walls of their own facilities, but also for their suppliers.  By keeping these dollars in the state, we're multiplying our efforts to grow Indiana's economy."

Other public sector partners including the Indiana Secretary of State's Office and Indiana Department of Administration, are also working to promote Indiana Supplier INsight.

"As I travel to each of our 92 counties every year, I see the need for initiatives like this one," said Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.  "Indiana Supplier INsight will be a great catalyst to help up-and-coming companies promote themselves, while helping our manufacturers - the backbone of Indiana's economy - find qualified partners."

Companies interested in taking part in Indiana Supplier INsight can contact Lisa Laughner, Program Director at Conexus Indiana, at llaughner@conexusindiana.com, or visit https://app.suppliergateway.com/conexus to sign up online.  More than 3,800 Indiana companies have already registered during the initiative's test phase.

Launched by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Conexus Indiana is the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, dedicated to making Indiana a global leader in high-growth, high-tech industries.  Conexus is focused on strategic priorities like workforce development, creating new industry partnerships and marketing our competitive advantages. 

For more information about Conexus Indiana, please visit http://www.conexusindiana.com.

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Indiana Supplier INsight database attracts more than 5,000 Hoosier companies seeking supply chain opportunities within the state

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Indiana Supplier INsight database attracts more than 5,000 Hoosier companies
seeking supply chain opportunities within the state
Conexus Indiana lauds enthusiastic response to e-portal
that allows firms to post and apply for procurement opportunities

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.,  May 12, 2010)  The Conexus Indiana manufacturing and logistics initiative today provided an update on Indiana Supplier INsight, its web-based network that links Indiana firms with potential suppliers within the state.  The response to the interactive database that facilitates Hoosiers doing business with Hoosiers has been immediate and enthusiastic, with more than 5,000 companies registering on the site, which was formally launched in early April.

"The fact that 5,000 companies have already signed up on Supplier INsight demonstrates the appetite that exists for a 'matchmaking' service like this for Indiana companies," said Steve Dwyer, President & CEO of Conexus Indiana.  "As our database of procurement opportunities grows and we begin seeing success stories emerge, we expect the list of participating firms to continue to grow rapidly."

While Conexus Indiana is focused on the manufacturing and logistics sectors, Indiana Supplier INsight is a tool for making connections between firms of all industries, including professional service providers.  It is a free service provided by Conexus and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), a major sponsor of the project.

"Modeled after Governor Daniels' aggressive public-sector Buy Indiana program, this database has made it easier for Indiana's private companies to do business with each other and the response has been overwhelming.   Indiana's small and mid-size businesses are gaining new customers as a result and this goes a long way in strengthening the state's economy," said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Indiana Supplier INsight was commissioned by Conexus using Supplier Gateway, a national firm that provides supply chain networking services.  The platform stores information on registered businesses, and allows users to access the platform online to search for Indiana suppliers, using categories like capability, location, industry classification and women- or minority-owned certifications.  At the same time, suppliers can search for procurement opportunities that match their area of expertise and express interest in submitting a bid.

Companies interested in taking part in Indiana Supplier INsight can sign up at https://app.suppliergateway.com/conexus and get started making connections.

Launched by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Conexus Indiana is the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, dedicated to making Indiana a global leader in high-growth, high-tech industries.  Conexus is focused on strategic priorities like workforce development, creating new industry partnerships and promoting Indiana's competitive advantages. 

For more information about Conexus Indiana, please visit http://www.conexusindiana.com.

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Online Supplier Initiative Meeting With Early Success

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Online Supplier Initiative Meeting With Early Success (Full Article)
Posted May 12, 2010

Website: http://www.insideindianabusiness.com

The state's manufacturing and logistics initiative says more than 5,000 companies have registered with its web-based network linking Indiana firms with potential suppliers. Conexus Indiana President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Dwyer says Indiana Supplier INsight, which was launched early last month, continues to offer more procurement opportunities as the list of participating companies grow.

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Targets Transportation Centers

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Conexus Unveils Dream It Do It Online (Full Article)
Posted: May 5, 2010

Website: http://www.insideindianabusiness.com

"Conexus officials discuss the transportation facilities plan with Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick.

Officials with Conexus Indiana say growth of inter-modal and multi-modal facilities would help strengthen the state's position as a national logistics leader. The organization says several cities are being considered for multi-transportation facilities at strategic points throughout the state. Officials say building the facilities will also create jobs and boost the Hoosier economy."

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Conexus Indiana Launches Online Campaign to Showcase Careers, Battle Workforce Shortages In Manufacturing and Logistics

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Contact: Chris Watts, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership/Conexus Indiana
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Conexus Indiana launches online campaign to showcase careers, battle
workforce shortages in manufacturing and logistics

DreamItDoItIndiana.com steers young people towards education and training programs

(INDIANAPOLIS, May 6, 2010) Indiana's manufacturing and logistics industries have become increasingly
high-tech - and so are the tools being used to showcase jobs in these sectors . Conexus Indiana today
announced the formal launch of DreamItDoItIndiana.com, an interactive, multimedia, youth-oriented
website and social media network designed to highlight manufacturing and logistics careers and the
education and training programs necessary to pursue them.

The online campaign is the centerpiece of Conexus' ‘Dream It. Do It.' campaign, a broad marketing effort to
attract more young Hoosiers into the manufacturing and logistics fields. One of every five Hoosiers are
employed by these industries, but the trend of Baby Boomer retirements is creating a shortage of qualified
applicants for firms involved in electric vehicles and other clean technologies, medical manufacturing,
aerospace, supply chain management, and many other high-growth areas.

"We're working to connect the most tech-savvy generation in history with high-tech jobs here in Indiana,"
said Steve Dwyer, President & CEO of Conexus Indiana. "It's clear that the web is the best vehicle to
capture the imaginations of our young people with these careers, and encourage them to take the first
steps towards getting the education they need."

DreamItDoItIndiana.com allows visitors to explore careers through a series of ‘micro-sites,' like ‘Dream It
Green' (focused on green manufacturing and logistics careers in areas like electric vehicles and renewable
energy) and ‘Make It Your Own' (which offers hands-on challenges to gauge the problem-solving and
technical aptitudes needed for today's industrial careers).

Visitors create personal accounts that encourage them to solve animated challenges, watch videos and
receive more information. The goal is to engage young people, connect them with specific information
about careers and educational opportunities, and enroll them in industry-endorsed programs of study.

Most advanced manufacturing and logistics job openings today require post-high school education, either
technical training or an associate degree. Conexus is working with both secondary and post-secondary
educational partners to create manufacturing and logistics programs that meet the needs of industry. The
initiative has reached out to area high schools, and is in the process of creating a high school-level
curriculum that will help prepare students for more advanced training after graduation.

"A high school diploma by itself just doesn't cut it anymore," continued Dwyer. "Manufacturers and
logistics companies need employees with high-tech skills; ideally, that means taking the right classes in high
school and getting into the right programs after graduation."

To put visitors on this path, DreamItDoItIndiana.com features ‘webisodes' highlighting specific Indiana
companies as well as ‘Hot Jobs' videos profiling in-demand careers like engineering and electronics
technicians, inventory control specialists and quality systems associates.

The Indianapolis headquarters of EnerDel, the premier U.S. manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries
for electric vehicles, is featured on the ‘Dream It Green' microsite. The company is creating 1,400 new
green manufacturing jobs at facilities across Central Indiana.

"We're pleased to showcase EnerDel on the Dream It. Do It. website, and believe wholeheartedly in its
mission," said Rick Stanley, EnerDel's President. "As we expand our high-tech manufacturing operations,
we'll be hiring hundreds of new workers. It's important that we find employees with the right technical,
interpersonal, and problem solving skills. The Dream It. Do It. campaign is helping attract and educate the
skilled workforce that's critical to our success."

For young people, DreamItDoItIndiana.com offers a simple message: Interesting, challenging careers in
advanced manufacturing and logistics are available in Indiana - jobs that have more to do with new
technologies and thinking on your feet than standing on an assembly line. It's a message that educators
believe will resonate with these potential employees.

"In today's economy, it's never too early to start students thinking about career choices," said Gary Wynn, a
technology instructor at Greenfield-Central High School who is serving as the Conexus ‘champion' for the
Greenfield-Central school district. "Conexus is doing a great service by building bridges between high
schools, higher education and industry - showing students the opportunities that exist is the first step, and
this site does a great job of that."

The site was officially unveiled at a late morning event at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis which
has recently undergone significant construction to create technology labs to fully prepare students for the
high tech jobs targeted by the Dream it. Do it. initiative. Dream It. Do It. is led by Conexus' Vice-President
of Workforce and Education Claudia Cummings - please visit DreamItDoItIndiana.com to learn more.

Launched by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Conexus Indiana is the state's advanced
manufacturing and logistics initiative, dedicated to making Indiana a global leader in high-growth, high-tech
industries. Conexus is focused on strategic priorities like workforce development, creating new industry
partnerships and marketing our competitive advantages.

For more information about Conexus Indiana, please visit http://www.conexusindiana.com.
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Conexus Reveals Dream It Do It Online

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Posted: May 6, 2010

Website: http://www.insideindianabusiness.com

"Conexus Vice President of Workforce and Education Claudia Cummings says the website will be utilized at Indiana high schools.

Conexus Indiana is hoping a new website and social media network will help convince more young Hoosiers to pursue logistics and advanced manufacturing careers. Conexus has unveiled DreamItDoItIndiana.com, which it considers the centerpiece of its "Dream It. Do It." campaign. The state's logistics initiative says more young people are essential for the future of manufacturing and logistics due to retirements of many Baby Boomers employed in the sector."

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Decatur Central High Pupils Eye Manufacturing, Logistics

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Decatur Central High pupils eye manufacturing, logistics (Full Article)
By Gretchen Becker
Posted: May 6, 2010

Website: http://www.indystar.com/

"Decatur Central High School students are getting a lesson today about manufacturing and logistics careers.

Conexus Indiana unveiled a new online campaign at the Southwestside school today aimed to attract Indiana students to high tech careers in electric vehicles, aerospace and supply chain management, said Chris Watts, Conexus spokesman. The campaign is called Dream It. Do It and encourages students to pursue jobs in these fields as Baby Boomers near retirement age."

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Conexus Veep on Freight - So Soo Me

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Executives plan to strengthen state's logistics industry (Full Article)
By: Doug Ross - Doug.Ross@nwi.com
Posted: April 2, 2010

Website: http://www.nwitimes.com

"Northwest Indiana transportation issues typically focus on moving people from one place to another. It would be wrong, however, to neglect the other major transportation concern -- moving freight.

It also would be wrong to look just within the confines of Northwest Indiana to spot potential trouble spots. One of them is in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

David Holt, vice president of the Connexus Indiana transportation think tank, highlighted the aging Soo Locks during his visit to The Times on Thursday. Those locks are the gateway for iron ore being transported to Northwest Indiana's steel mills as well as other freight sent to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, which is located in Portage."

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Executives Plan to Strengthen State's Logistics Industry

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By: Wade Coggeshall
Posted: April 2, 2010

Website: http://flyergroup.com

"PLAINFIELD — A committee of 36 business leaders from throughout the state says Indiana is poised to become the logistics destination in America. But not without proper planning.

The Conexus Indiana Logistics Council Executive Committee (LCEC) has spent the past two years formulating methods to ensure continued and proper growth in the logistics industry.

“It’s a statewide strategic plan to help Indiana leverage and optimize its leadership position as the Crossroads of America,” said J. Mark Howell, president of Brightpoint Americas and LCEC chair, at a press conference Tuesday unveiling phase one of the committee’s study."

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