Indy Chamber

  • Business Growth & Startups
  • Design
  • Economic Mobility
  • Talent Development
  • Talent Retention & Attraction
  • Transportation

Website
www.indychamber.com

Primary Contact
Mark Fisher
VP, Government Relations & Policy Development
Contact via email

Mission statement

The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Inc., or Indy Chamber, is a not-for-profit organization that exists to serve as a voice of progress and improvement in the region, uniting business and community to maintain a strong economy and quality of life. The Indy Chamber’s advocacy efforts, networking events, economic development initiatives, and other member benefits position members, business leaders and the community for success.

Actions

Indy Chamber is working on the following actions:

Transportation

Strategy

Develop sustainable funding model for multimodal transportation infrastructure, operation and maintenance.

Action

Advocate for strategic needs-based, data-driven, infrastructure investment as it relates to multimodal infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, greenways, transit, bike and pedestrian facilities) that supports community-led redevelopment strategies and promotes a healthier city

Start Date:

June 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

50%

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Status on February 13, 2017
The Indy Chamber, along with several other coalition partners, led campaign efforts to inform the community of the Marion County Transit Plan. The Indy Chamber participates in steering committee for Great Places 2020 that works to transform neighborhoods and spur urban revitalization to help address the following challenges: • High levels of pollution and obesity • High unemployment and poverty rates in certain areas • Population loss to neighboring counties • Low graduation rates
Transportation

Strategy

Support and expand existing multimodal transportation efforts through partnerships and coordinated marketing.

Action

Develop and lead the transit referendum campaign effort

Start Date:

January 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

50%

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Status on February 13, 2017
The Indy Chamber, along with several other coalition partners, led campaign efforts to inform the community of the Marion County Transit Plan. On November 8th, nearly 60 percent of voters in Marion County voted ‘yes’ to approve a local income tax increase to create a dedicated funding source and fully fund the Marion County Transit Plan. The next step is for the City County Council to vote to enact the increase.
Design

Strategy

Engage the private sector to become committed to a culture of exceptional quality and design.

Action

Organize a group of stakeholders that offers research and ideas toward a culture of good design

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2018

Progress

0%

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Status on February 13, 2017
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Indianapolis works with the Indy Chamber to promote real estate projects and design in Indianapolis. Indy Chamber event, Monumental Awards receives submissions through AIA Indianapolis and awards winners in the Interior Design Category.
Design

Strategy

Engage the private sector to become committed to a culture of exceptional quality and design.

Action

Edit the language of the Public Art category within Monumental Awards to include Creative Placemaking

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

November 30, 2016

Progress

0%

Design

Strategy

Engage the private sector to become committed to a culture of exceptional quality and design.

Action

Support the development of guidelines for enhanced design elements, inclusion of public green space and art, and sustainable practices as suggestions of receiving city TIF funds.

Start Date:

March 1, 2016

Completion Date:

September 30, 2017

Progress

30%

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Status on February 13, 2017
The city is currently in the process of on boarding a Chief Design Officer. 1% of TIF funds is allocated to art and project costs.
Talent Retention & Attraction

Strategy

Increase the number and type of high quality internships for college students, those pursuing technical training, and recent graduates.

Action

Partner with organizations to support the increase in the number of Indianapolis businesses offering high quality internships to college students and to recent college graduates and support efforts to expose interns to civic engagement opportunities and cultural offerings

Start Date:

March 1, 2016

Completion Date:

March 31, 2019

Progress

0%

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Status on February 13, 2017
Indy Chamber and four regional partners implemented IndianaInternet. The Indy Chamber continues to work on outreach to area businesses and help them establish programs and get them on IndianaInternet. In 2016, there was 18.3% increase in field internships in central Indiana using IndianaInternet and 94% increase in internship postings. The goal for 2017 is 30% increase in field internships.
Talent Development

Strategy

Boost attainment of associate's and bachelor's degrees at Marion County campuses.

Action

Support efforts to retain college graduates by implementing programs that encourage and provide community service, leadership, and internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

0%

Economic Mobility

Strategy

Leverage the economic strength and place-based nature of Indianapolis' anchor institutions to expand neighborhood-based pilots for hiring and training unemployed and underemployed residents in the neighborhood where the business is located/locating.

Action

Partner with EmployIndy to convene anchor institution human resource leaders to identify the challenges and opportunities to training, hiring and retaining workers from the surrounding neighborhoods

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

March 31, 2017

Progress

0%

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Status on February 13, 2017
In process
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Leverage the economic strength and place-based nature of Indianapolis' anchor institutions to expand neighborhood-based pilots for hiring and training unemployed and underemployed residents in the neighborhood where the business is located/locating.

Action

Create employer education and outreach effort among Indy Chamber members to enlist more private sector employers voluntarily adopting “ban the box”

Start Date:

May 1, 2016

Completion Date:

January 31, 2017

Progress

0%

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Status on February 13, 2017
“Ban the box” is currently in its opening phases. We should have an action plan by the first quarter of the year.
Business Growth & Startups

Strategy

Strengthen business retention and expansion resources through a professionally staffed business retention and expansion program/division.

Action

Identify and help secure sources for local flexible funding (separate from city funding) to support business growth and retention goals which cannot be met with existing incentive programs and existing capital pools

Start Date:

March 1, 2016

Completion Date:

March 31, 2018

Progress

0%

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Status on February 13, 2017
In process. Pending review on funding resources.
Business Growth & Startups

Strategy

Strengthen business retention and expansion resources through a professionally staffed business retention and expansion program/division.

Action

Expand and enhance the number of staff people devoted to Indianapolis business retention and expansion efforts

Start Date:

September 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

0%

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Status on February 13, 2017
Through the Indy Partnership, there is regional staffing. The Indy Chamber is working with other partners in organizing industry based round tables on a geographic basis. There will be 4 geographic bases and 2 industries per round table. The first round table was October of 2016. The goal is 1 per quarter. Currently, efforts towards expanding the responsibilities of the staff is in progress. The Indy Partnership is expanding into the Business Retention Efforts (BRE). The next step will be bringing on additional staff.
Business Growth & Startups

Strategy

Leverage the purchasing power and professional services needs of Indianapolis' anchor institutions in support of business growth and startups and innovation.

Action

Create a system for identifying local goods and services that meet anchor institution purchasing needs, and provide the technical assistance and access to capital to support local supply chains and specialized industry clusters that can meet anchor purchasing needs

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

March 31, 2017

Progress

0%

Business Growth & Startups

Strategy

Spur business growth through the innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities created by business needs of anchor institutions.

Action

Provide technical assistance and access to other needed supports for innovators and other small businesses linked to innovation districts

Start Date:

March 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

0%