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New citizen-led committee formed to leverage potential of southern Indiana

By: Matt Craig, Director of Crane Community Support for Radius Indiana


Local business, financial, and political leaders recently formed a citizen-led committee to expand support for southern Indiana’s military base and support the region’s economic growth.  

The Crane Regional Defense Group (CDRG) was established in 2020 as a grassroots effort to expand community support and advocate for Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) at the local and federal level. Members work with government, industry and military leaders to accelerate regional economic and community development and accelerate the strategic value of Crane. 

CDRG is a subcommittee of the White River Military Coordination Alliance, a community organization that was formed in 2018 to promote positive development and growth in the areas surrounding NSA Crane. 

Our organization has four main objectives:

  1. To educate and inform the businesses, citizens and governments of the region about the economic and cultural benefits of a strong military presence in the region and the importance of supporting regional infrastructure.
  2. To support the expansion of technical and industrial jobs across the full life cycle in Research, Development, Acquisition, Production, Logistics, Depot, Demilitarization, defense-related opportunities as well as the overall growth and diversity of the defense economy in our region.
  3. To provide leadership to facilitate coordination and build consensus on key projects with various entities who have similar interests in maintaining a healthy and stable community, economy and Department of Defense installations in our area.
  4. To serve as a catalyst to assist other government and private organizations in promoting the Logistics, Depot and Production assets at Crane Army Ammunition Activity and the Science and Technology assets at NSWC Crane and in the larger Indiana Uplands communities.

CRDG began meeting regularly in January 2021. In just six months, the committee has appointed an executive committee, established bylaws and membership guidelines, launched membership recruitment, and planned its inaugural event, the 2021 Key Leader Series. 

CRDG is currently accepting registrations for new members. Organizations that join will have opportunities to influence agenda with local defense and community leadership, receive direct briefings on the activities both inside and outside the NSA Crane gates, network with Crane commands and other government agencies, and participate in yearly events. 

Small and large businesses, and businesses that both are and are not involved in the defense industry are welcome to apply.  

To learn more or apply today, visit https://www.craneregionaldefensegroup.org/

Registration now open for Radius Indiana Economic Education Session

BEDFORD, Ind. (July 28, 2021) — Area accountants and financial managers are invited to participate in Radius Indiana’s second economic development incentive seminar.

The Radius Indiana Economic Education Session will take place Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the West Baden Hotel. Attendees at the course will learn about financial incentives that are available in the region and from the State of Indiana that can help local businesses grow their company or expand operations.

“After so much uncertainty caused by the pandemic, we wanted to offer our economic education course to support the growth of our local businesses in the Radius region,” said Radius Indiana President and CEO Jeff Quyle. “This education session will provide great information for the attendees and help them better understand and utilize some of the helpful incentives available to them through the state and local programs.”     

Speakers from state agencies, local organizations, and financial firms will share best practices and offer perspectives on local and regional economic strategies. The program aims to support local businesses by adding to their financial tools and offering their advisors the latest incentives and state resources they can use for planning.

Confirmed speakers and subjects for the course will include:

  • Susan Vaughn, Indiana Economic Development Corporation – State Incentive Programs;
  • Heidi Amspaugh, BakerTilly – TIF/Abatement;
  • Utility Panel – Electric Incentive Rates; and
  • Jeff Quyle, Radius Indiana – The Regional Impact Fund.

The Radius Indiana Economic Education Session is free for those located in the region, and lunch will be provided. Registration is now available at www.Radiusindiana.com or by calling 812-277-9778. 


ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of Southwest Central Indiana to drive attraction, retention and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.