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Regional Cities Initiatives Committee Still Deciding How To Rate Proposals

Intiaz Rahim

A panel of business leaders responsible for helping choose which of Indiana’s seven Regional Cities Initiative proposals will get state funding met Tuesday to determine the criteria on which those proposals will be judged. 

The Regional Cities committee largely agrees on the goal of the initiative: attract and retain talent. But there’s less consensus on how to accomplish that – is it prioritizing so-called quality of place, or should the focus be on creating high-wage jobs? 

Thompson Distribution CEO John Thompson chairs the committee.  He says while there will be criteria that each region should use as a guideline, he doesn’t want any sort of rubric that weights one consideration more than another; Thompson says he wants to see what the regions decide to focus on -- “They’re in the best position to determine what outcomes they’d like to see in their region.”

Each region will receive a finalized version of the criteria next week before they present their proposals to the committee October 6th and 7th

A decision on which regions are awarded the state money is expected in December. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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