Accelerate Indy

Accelerate Indy
for All

Accelerate Indy is the regional economic development strategy that helped advance the nine-county region as the top market among our peer metros Charlotte, Columbus (OH), Denver, and Nashville. Regional collaboration is critical to advancing ourselves, our businesses, our communities, and Central Indiana, and it will be approached through a framework of four pillars: talent, image, business, and place. 

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Accelerate Talent to improve the well-being of our residents by strengthening partnerships that expand access to education and training.

Strategic Objectives

  • Talent attraction from outside the region to fill current workforce gaps.
  • Business commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Efforts to increase graduate retention from Indiana colleges and universities.
  • Ensure all residents are connected to resources to participate in the modern economy.
  • Partnerships that enhance education and training for Good and Promising Jobs.
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Accelerate Business and job creation in key sectors to cultivate innovation, entrepreneurship, and corporate recruitment.

Strategic Objectives

  • Commitment to source from locally- and minority-owned businesses.
  • Expansion of both Business Ownership Initiative and Enterprise Corp to spur increased startup formation and bolster self-employment.
  • Corporate relations and expansion in key innovation industry sectors.
  • Global recognition of our economic successes and metropolitan status.
  • Research and development of activity and partnerships that drive innovation.
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Accelerate Place to transform our physical and digital locations into inviting spaces that encourage recreation and connectivity across our region.

Strategic Objectives

  • Access to jobs and education through public transit and broadband connectivity.
  • Visionary, catalytic projects that can transform our region and its image.
  • Development of our region’s innovation districts and employment centers.
  • Preparation of ready-to-go sites and buildings that help us win quality jobs.
  • The adoption of solutions and policies that support neighborhood revitalization.
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Accelerate Image by amplifying the stories, faces, businesses, industries, and communities that make the Indy region distinctly unique for current and future residents. The Indy region has a story to tell; it has thousands of stories to tell. The challenge and the opportunity facing our region is to amplify those stories.

Strategic Objectives

  • Earning placement in national media outlets highlighting the livability and opportunity of Indy.
  • Leading and convening a process to establish consistent brand messaging themes for the Indy region.

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Accelerate Indy Core Metrics

Along with our three core metrics, measurement of regional performance relative to our peer market competition will measure outcomes in 36 key indicators, including 11 inclusive indicators; these indicators will help measure progress in reducing disparities across the region.
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Real stories just like yours…

“Lilly and the Lilly Foundation have a long history of standing beside our neighbors and communities to create a better tomorrow. Through Accelerate Indy, we have an opportunity to address the systemic injustices across the Indy region that disadvantage people of color every day, to ensure economic opportunity for all.”

Tiffany Benjamin
Eli Lilly & Company Foundation President
“Indy’s regional growth is our calling. We’re at an inflection point where the private sector is expected to lead, and we need your commitment and engagement to position Indy as the premier destination for talent and opportunities for all.”
Melissa Proffitt
Partner-In-Charge of Client Relations, 2022-2023
Indy Chamber Board Chair
“The last decade, Indy was focused on business attraction. This decade, we’re expanding our focus to people. Accelerate Indy is our strategy to compete for top talent with a focus on placemaking and enhancing the image of Indianapolis, which will drive business attraction.”
Dennis Murphy
President & CEO, 2020-2021 Indy Chamber Board Chair

Have Questions About Accelerate Indy?


Connect with Sarah Iglehart
Senior Vice President of Regional Economic Development


Connect with Blake Roebuck
Vice President of Corporate Relations


Accelerate Indy Investors


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$5K or more

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP 

Butler University 

Citimark Management Co

Cook Medical Counterpart 

Dorsey Family Foundation 

First Merchants Bank 

Franklin College 

Hancock Economic Development Council 

Indianapolis Indians

Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership 

Indy Eleven 


MCM CPAs & Advisors 

Mays Chemical Company 

Morgan County Economic Development Corp. 

Powers & Sons 

RATIO Architects

Schmidt Associates 

Shelby Materials 

STAR Financial Bank

Stock Yards Bank & Trust 

Strategic Capital Partners 



Walker Information 

Zink Distributing Company


up to $5K


Boone County Economic Development Corp.


Business Furniture

CSO Architects

Corteva Agriscience

Forum Credit Union


Gradex, Inc.

Hathaway Strategies


Langham Logistics, Inc.

Lewis Kappes

Marian University

Morales Group Staffing


Sease, Gerig & Associates

Shelby County Development Corporation

The Center for Leadership Excellence

The MDC Group

Town of Cumberland


Versiti Blood Center of Indiana