Hosted by Purdue University, the Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) is a program designed to create and promote a strong, competitive manufacturing environment in Indiana. IN-MaC aims to revitalize the American Dream by preparing future generations for soon-to-be transformations in the field of manufacturing. This includes addressing current challenges such as the advancement of technology, the lack of investment knowledge, and the shortage of employees. The Three Trust Approach, areas of concentration used within the program, are as follows: Research for Future Competitiveness, Education & Workforce Development, and Technology Adoption & Transfer. In-MaC also provides Micro-Grants to schools, industries, and community-based organizations who implement creative projects that enhance youth experiences and provide exposure to manufacturing. This past Wednesday, Genesis and partners spoke at the first annual IN-MaC Micro-Grant Impact Summit at the Indiana Manufacturing Institute. The panel discussion, moderated by Cheryll Obendorf, GPS Director, focused on programs and projects in Ripley County that were funded by the In-MaC micro-grants. Those included 6th grade Manufacturing Day, VEX Robotics, Manufacturing Camp, Outreach to Students, and the Southeastern Career Center Fearless Females Event. Panelists included Brandy Hicks with Milan School Corporation, Amelia Comer with Jac-Cen-Del School Corporation, Jill Hollins with St. Louis Catholic School, and Lauren Mynsberge with Batesville Tool & Die.
Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute is working with the Ripley and Franklin County Community Foundations in developing and reinforcing regional partnerships. On July 19th