Radius Indiana is dedicated to the success and growth of its communities and businesses. Through our family of brands and programs, Radius is able to continue to support the needs of the region as the economic development world continues to evolve. All of these programs are run by the Radius team; please contact our office if you have any questions about these programs.
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Crane Regional Defense Group
Crane Regional Defense Group is a citizen-led committee established through partnerships between chambers of commerce, local governments, financial institutions, and area business leaders that elevates the strategic value of Naval Support Activity Crane and aims to expand southern Indiana’s defense innovation ecosystem through defense-related outreach and legislative initiatives that enhance the military missions in the region.
A Crane Regional Defense Group membership is a sound investment in the growth of your business and the success of this region. Its members are the lifeblood of the organization and are as diverse as the region it supports, from large-scale businesses to small, minority-owned firms in nearly every business sector. Its small business members–companies with less than 200 employees in the region make up the most significant portion of the membership.
Discover Southern Indiana
Discover Southern Indiana is a region-wide tourism brand that is the first of its kind for the Radius region and gives an identity to the opportunities the eight counties have to offer residents and visitors from throughout the Midwest.
Within the eight-county region, you will ﬁnd one-of-a-kind resort experiences at the French Lick West Baden Resort, one of Indiana’s largest State Parks, Hoosier National Forest, a multitude of natural explorations of vast caving systems, rivers and lakes, elephant encounters, indoor water parks, prestigious golf courses, and so much more.
Southern Indiana Business Report
The news site provides a solution to the region’s loss of local business and economic reporting in recent years, informing residents and business leaders of the changes taking place in our dynamic local economy.
Visit SIBR’s website to learn about submitting a story tip or advertising your company on the site, and subscribe to the newsletter to get the news sent to your inbox weekly! (www.southernindianabusinessreport.com)
Southern Indiana Trailways
Southern Indiana Trailways is a dedicated, private non-profit organization established to implement and manage the Monon South Trail. More than 57 miles of CSX rail corridor will provide a boost to public health, tourism, safety, and economic development for numerous communities across several counties.
Learn more about the unfolding Monon South Trail project.
Spark Downtown aims to ignite the revitalization of the downtowns in the Radius region, providing support to restore retail businesses and residential growth in community cores. Participating communities in Spark Downtown include The Town of Orleans, the Town of Odon, the Town of Paoli, the City of Washington, the City of Salem, the City of Loogootee, the City of Bedford, and the City of Jasper.
In early 2023, Radius Indiana introduced the Spark Downtown Facade Program. Radius secured funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for businesses in participating Spark Downtown communities to help them make improvements to almost any facade project that is visible from the road. The organization realized during the last year that its communities often lack the necessary funding to take on projects to help revitalize their downtown areas. Building owners in participating Spark Downtown communities are eligible to apply for 1% interest loans and must receive committee approval and be able to secure 50 percent matching funds.
To learn more about the Spark Downtown Facade Loan or apply, please contact the Radius Indiana office at 812-277-9778.
White River Military Coordination Alliance
The focus of the 24-member alliance is to create opportunities for economic prosperity and land conservation in the region, safeguard Crane’s military mission, and protect community health and safety.
Regional Impact Fund
Businesses in the Radius Indiana region benefit from the Regional Impact Fund (RIF), which supports area growth and expansion efforts. The RIF is a sub-organization of Radius Indiana with the sole purpose of making investments in public and private organizations that advance regional economic development strategies.
The RIF is a deal-closing fund that makes such investments in the form of grants, loans, equity investments, or other financial mechanisms deemed to be in the best interests of Southern Indiana. The RIF prioritizes projects that include job creation, site development, and expansion. To date, the RIF has distributed more than $3 million to area businesses.
Business Retention and Expansion Program
Radius and its local partners proactively reach out to business citizens of our southern Indiana counties to discover opportunities to assist. The BRE program can gather information, build strong relationships with the businesses that already have a footprint in the local community, and develop business assistance opportunities for existing businesses.
Local businesses receive outreach from a Radius-designated contact person who works with the local economic development office to identify solutions to needs that local companies identify through telephone and email communications.
Radius acts as a defense sector employment service, helping our Crane-related defense contractors find talent to fill employment needs. Radius maintains a library of veteran resumes and coordinates with the INVets veteran resume system to match veterans’ identified skills with the appropriate employment opportunities in the local companies.
Recruited veterans can also be eligible to participate in the Choose Southern Indiana talent attraction incentive program.