The Evansville Region is READI!
The Evansville Region has a transformational vision to become the talent and economic region of choice in the Midwest. As the regional organization unified to advance the interested of business, the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP) in collaboration with the Southwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (SWIRDA) have officially submitted the region’s Regional Economic Acceleration + Development Initiative (READI) Regional Development Plan (RDP).
E-REP will update this page regularly with key announcements from both the state and region as they become available.
“The Evansville Region Looks Good on You!”
The data-driven, multi-year strategy requires focused improvements in talent attraction, growth opportunities, quality of place amenities and necessary infrastructure which are clearly outlined. With the region’s success with the Regional Cities Initiative as a launching pad for growth, the community vision and strategies laid out in the RDP are the culmination of thoughtful planning that began as a data exercise in 2018. Known internally to regional stakeholders as “Talent 2025”, externally the region is making the case why “e Looks Good on You” to its target population. Achieving the distinct vision in this RDP requires strategic action and cooperation between the public sector, private sector, and economic development partners. These opportunities will materialize with proactive cooperation and resource identification, specifically in financing the opportunities. That is why the region is asking for $50+ million in READI funding. The ability to execute, as demonstrated with Regional Cities, clearly sets the Evansville Region apart and helps both Indiana as well as the broader community reach its collective goals. READI funding catalyzes the region achieving its vision.
The Evansville Region submitted its READI proposal on September 23, 2021 ahead of the official September 30 deadline. Next the region prepares for a presentation in October/November with awards anticipated for December 2021. Updates from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation can be found: https://www.iedc.in.gov/program/indiana-readi/timeline#skip-header