IU Public Policy Institute project provides blueprint to maximize Indiana’s potential


Thriving Communities, Thriving State identifies components of critical success: education, investment, talent FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS — Looking ahead at what can be done to help Indiana communities succeed now and over the next 10 years, the Indiana University Public Policy Institute has shared results from its Thriving Communities, Thriving State project. More than 200 local, regional and state leaders joined the Institute at the Indiana State Museum to discuss ways to maximize Indiana’s potential.
“The adage ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there’ should not be good enough for building Indiana’s future,” said Randall T. Shepard, former chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. “Thoughtful leaders from many different walks of life have committed an entire year to examine how we might build thriving communities for the years ahead.”
Shepard and Kathy Davis, a former Indiana lieutenant governor, serve as co-chairs for the project that launched in 2014 as an effort to evaluate what’s needed to uplift and sustain urban, midsized and small town/rural communities, with solutions tailored to their unique challenges.
A nonpartisan 53-person commission — composed of statewide leaders representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors — recommended investments in education and infrastructure and making policy changes that remove political, geographical or technological obstacles to success. The commission’s work began in early 2015.
“Communities in Indiana differ in many ways,” said Mark Lawrance, director of the institute. “Our hope is that people around the state will look at the recommendations in Thriving Communities, Thriving State as a to-do list, to see what might work for their community.”
In the report “Recommendations for a Thriving Indiana,” all three commissions prioritized important topics for Indiana to focus on during the next decade, including education/workforce preparation; leadership and engagement; and quality of life and quality of place.
Here is a sample of the Thriving commissions’ recommendations:

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