The 16 Tech Innovation District will be a place of knowledge and cultural exchange, inclusion, entrepreneurship, talent development, business growth and a place that honors the culture and heritage of the surrounding areas.
The proximity of the area to the nearby universities and health systems affords tremendous connectivity to additional research and innovation as well as a strong talent pool. The nearby neighborhoods provide an important and related historical context to the geography – one of entrepreneurship, innovation and deep roots in jazz – and an engaged group of residents excited about the opportunity to participate in many ways in the economic progress 16 Tech will bring to the area.
A core tenet of the innovation district is the ability to provide opportunities to not only lift the profile and growth of the City of Indianapolis but also foster greater prosperity for the nearby and Marion County residents.
A Community Investment Fund
A Community Investment Fund will be established with the expressed purpose of revitalizing surrounding communities by enabling their Quality of Life and neighborhood plans. The Community Investment Fund will be financially supported by assessments paid for by the tenants (through the building owners) of space in the Innovation Community and allocated by an appointed and elected board of directors with community ties.
Workforce Training and Employment Opportunities
Workforce training and employment opportunities also will be available. As the innovation district develops, a large number of jobs covering the entire skill and wage spectrum will be available. Working with high schools, community colleges, EmployIndy, community organizations and universities, the innovation district will help develop programs that arm neighboring residents with the skills to succeed in local jobs.
Community Meetings are held each quarter to provide updates to neighbors, community leaders and partners about the progress of the innovation district. The meetings are open to all interested stakeholders and are held at the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center at 1410 Indiana Avenue in the 16 Tech district.
View the May 31, 2019, presentation from the 16 Tech Community Meeting.
View the presentation from the February 22, 2019, 16 Tech Community Meeting.
View the presentation from the October 26, 2018, 16 Tech Community Meeting.
View the presentation from the July 27, 2018, 16 Tech Community Meeting.