The 16 Tech Community Corporation is led by a team with experience in entrepreneurship, economic development, operations and business development, community development and commercial real estate.
President and CEO
Bob Coy is President and CEO of 16 Tech Community Corporation Inc., the nonprofit overseeing the development of the 16 Tech Innovation District. As President, Coy leads the development of 16 Tech into a hub for scientific research, technology innovation, entrepreneurial activity and talent development, retention and attraction.
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Prior to joining 16 Tech in 2017, Coy was President and CEO of CincyTech, a venture development organization that accelerated the growth of start-up bioscience, healthcare, technology and advanced manufacturing companies in Southwest Ohio. Under Coy’s leadership for more than 11 years, CincyTech invested in 70 startups that raised more than $680 million in seed, early and late stage capital and that today employ nearly 1,000 people.
Coy has held entrepreneurial and economic development leadership positions with public and private institutions over the past 32 years in Ohio, Missouri, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining CincyTech, Coy was senior vice president for entrepreneurial development and economic development at the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, where he co-founded the St. Louis Arch Angels, a group of individuals who invest in early-stage companies in the St. Louis region.
In Delaware, Coy served as the principal economic adviser to the governor, established a seed fund to invest in technology start-up companies and developed initiatives to promote technology partnerships between universities and businesses. In Pennsylvania, he served as executive director of the Ben Franklin Partnership Program, the state’s premier technology development program that invests in start-up companies.
Coy earned a master’s degree from University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Emily Krueger is responsible for scaling the operations of the 16 Tech Community Corporation as well as helping to activate the 16 Tech Innovation District.
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Prior to joining 16 Tech in 2018, Krueger served as Vice President of Administration for Indianapolis-based LDI, Ltd., one of Indiana’s largest private companies. As a member of the executive leadership team, Krueger helped evaluate acquisition opportunities and grow companies in a variety of industries and stages of development. She joined LDI in 2013 as Chief of Staff.
Krueger, a native Hoosier, spent her early career working for former U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar in a variety of Capitol Hill and campaign positions.
An active community leader, Krueger lends her fundraising and communications expertise to a number of local nonprofit organizations focused on health and education. She is past Board Chair of Timmy Global Health, a nonprofit provider of primary care services as well as health and development programs in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala and Nigeria. She also serves on committees for Christel House International and The Mind Trust.
Krueger is a graduate of Valparaiso University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she earned her MBA.
Director of Community Initiatives
Starla Hart has worked to enhance the lives of people in Indianapolis for more than 16 years and serves as 16 Tech Community Corporation’s Director of Community Initiatives. She leads 16 Tech’s work with Near West, Northwest and surrounding neighborhoods to ensure that the economic benefits of the innovation district extend to nearby communities.
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In addition to her ongoing work with the surrounding neighborhoods, Hart oversees the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund that will invest in neighborhood projects that support workforce development, education, quality of life and capacity building initiatives. She also manages the community-led advisory committee, which is developing the grant-making guidelines.
Prior to joining 16 Tech, Hart supported the Great Places 2020 initiatives as a Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis, focusing her work on transforming strategic places in Marion County into dynamic urban villages.
Hart served as Director of Neighborhood Partnerships at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of Community Engagement, serving for 10 years as IUPUI’s liaison to the Near West neighborhood. This body of work led Hart to become the founding director of Source River West, a hub for entrepreneurs in the River West Great Place that offers place-based entrepreneurship and small business support for residents in urban Indy neighborhoods.
Hart earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and certifications in Non-Profit Management and American Humanics from Indiana University. She completed her master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City as part of the prestigious National Urban Fellows program.
In addition to her role as Director of Community Initiatives for 16 Tech, Hart serves as a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Investment Advisory Council and a board member for Matchbook Learning.
Director of Business Development
As Director of Business Development, Eric Miller leads tenant recruitment and real estate development for the 16 Tech Innovation District. In this role, Miller helps ensure a robust and complementary tenant mix and real estate strategy that supports 16 Tech’s mission to foster connections and collaborations among various industry sectors.
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Miller is a seasoned commercial real estate and development professional. Prior to joining 16 Tech, he worked in commercial real estate in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina for more than 15 years. Much of his work focused on redevelopment and historic/adaptive reuse projects in downtown Durham, NC. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Brokerage with Real Estate Associates, Inc., a leading commercial real estate firm in Durham, NC. His additional professional background includes sales, marketing, public relations and fundraising.
Miller was raised in an entrepreneurial family with businesses ranging from real estate to electronics to natural foods. After college, he launched his professional career with Duke University as part of the advancement program. His move into real estate was sparked by work with a land trust and desire to be a part of his community’s urban revival.
Miller received his bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering from Rutgers University and is currently a licensed real estate broker, certified EcoBroker, and REALTOR. He volunteers his time with Midwest Academy and is a member of Second Presbyterian Church, where he engages in work supporting the community garden and food pantry.
Executive Assistant & Office Administrator
As Executive Assistant and Office Administrator for the 16 Tech Community Corporation, Chandra Orr supports the fast-paced entrepreneurial organization and leadership team.
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Orr is an administrative professional and community leader with more than 20 years of high-level administrative and customer service experience. Throughout her career, Orr has worked with executive and sales teams to ensure efficient office operations and positive client relationships as well as with neighborhood and community leaders.
She worked most recently as the Community Partnership Manager for the Alliance for Northeast Unification (ANU), a community development organization that builds bridges between residents and neighborhood partners to ensure the delivery of community-building programs and services in the Northeast community of Avondale Meadows.
Prior to ANU, Orr spent five years as the Administrative Coordinator/Regional Customer Service Representative for the regional headquarters of McDonald’s Corporation where she provided support to executive team members and assisted in external affairs, including vendor and supplier relations and customer service training.
Orr has entrepreneurial experience having started a travel company with her husband. She is active in the community as Founder of the Galore Women’s Goal Attainment group and as an Advisor for the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated High School Parent Teacher Organization. She also serves on committees with Indiana Black Expo, Indianapolis Public Library (E38 Branch), the Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan and Youth Empowerment Summit. She currently serves as Secretary of the Oxford Neighborhood Association and is past Co-President of the Avondale Meadows Academy.
Orr lives in the Oxford neighborhood in the Northeast Corridor, where her husband grew up. Their family moved to Indianapolis in 2011 from Atlanta, Georgia. They have three children and three grandkids.