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Radius Indiana welcomes two new members to its staff

BEDFORD, Ind. (June 15, 2022) – Radius Indiana is proud to announce the addition of two members and positions to its staff  – Christy Johnson and Haley Leffler.

Johnson joins the Radius team as the Population Attraction Program Coordinator. She will carry out administrative activities related to the Choose Southern Indiana campaign aimed at attracting people to move to the Radius region. In this role, Johnson will head communication with interested out-of-state clients, answer questions about life in southern Indiana, and manage programs and projects that help new residents acclimate to their new community.

Previously, Johnson worked for the Kentucky Workforce Cabinet before moving to Greene County. With personal experience relocating to the Radius region, she is well versed in the transition to the area and can greatly assist those looking to do the same.

Blaine Parker, director of entrepreneurship and small business support for Radius Indiana, will help transition the population attraction program to Johnson. “In our first few months, we’ve been able to learn a great deal about this new program and the need to be attentive to the needs of our new residents. The program is evolving and Christy will have the opportunity to adjust it to the lessons we learn going forward,” said Parker.

Taking over the Southern Indiana Business Report, Leffler will serve as the Business and Community News Content Manger for Radius Indiana. The digital news site brings an in-depth level of coverage of business and economic development, including advanced manufacturing,  tourism and hospitality industry news, agribusiness updates, defense sector, business finance and incentive reporting, and insights into how local initiatives, state policies, and other factors impact the local economy in southern Indiana. 

Southern Indiana Business Report will provide a solution to the region’s loss of local business and economic reporting in recent years, which has inhibited the ability of businesses and communities to communicate their successes in economic development.

Leffler is a recent graduate of Indiana University Southeast with a communications degree. 

“We are grateful to be in a position of growth and look forward to adding to the Radius team,” said Jeff Quyle, president and CEO of Radius Indiana. “As we move past the pandemic the local leaders in our communities are partnering with us to help them capitalize on the potential that is blossoming in their private sector and civic sector constituencies.”

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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.

SouthernIndianaBusinessReport.com ready to tell region’s stories

PAOLI — Southern Indiana businesses and communities will gain an informative news and data resource when a business news-dedicated website, SouthernIndianaBusinessReport.com, goes live in June. The digital news site promises to bring an in-depth level of coverage of business and economic development, including tourism and gaming news, agribusiness updates, and insights into how local education initiatives, state policies and other factors impact the local economy. Additionally, SouthernIndianaBusinessReport.com will provide commentary from
respected Indiana economists and other experts.

The new venture is led by veteran southern Indiana journalist Miles Flynn. With several years in the radio industry in Bedford and Orange County, as well as an additional 14 years in regional print journalism, Flynn has served as managing editor at Orange County Publishing and also in the same role at the Times-Mail in Bedford.

SouthernIndianaBusinessReport.com will focus primarily on Lawrence, Greene, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Crawford and Washington counties, which are home to nearly a quarter of a million people and a wide array of businesses.

“I’m so eager to help tell the stories of a region that’s really quite unique,” Flynn said. “In addition to factories that support the automotive industry and manufacture everything from cement to fine furniture, this region also produces architectural limestone that’s renowned around the globe, and it’s home to the third-largest naval installation in the world. Plus, these counties also boast some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the state, a historic grand resort with a casino that serves as a tourism engine for the surrounding area, one of the most
popular state parks in Indiana, a U.S. National Landmark cave, and an 8,800-acre lake that draws more than half a million visitors per year. We’ll definitely have plenty to write about!”

Flynn credits Radius Indiana President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Quyle as the source of the spark that led to the creation of SouthernIndianaBusinessReport.com. Quyle has long sought more exposure for the region and came to Flynn for input on the idea of an online business journal, which Radius would help support.

“Our Radius region and communities are supporting some truly vigorous business and economic activities currently,” Quyle mentioned. “Yet the changing face of the media industry has left us as a ‘media desert’ without reporting or coverage. It’s important to the ongoing momentum of our businesses and institutions that there be ways to communicate the dynamic forces that are present.”

Flynn suggests that story pitch ideas be sent to news@SouthernIndianaBusinessReport.com. “We welcome grassroots sources of information to help introduce us to the stories that are waiting to be told,” he said.