Central Indiana Corporate Partnership workforce initiative receives USA Funds grant to advance talent and development

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 12, 2015) - The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) has received a $225,000 grant from USA Funds for a strategic planning process to help Central Indiana employers develop a skilled workforce through its new workforce development initiative.

The new cross-sector, industry-led initiative is building a coherent, inclusive and unifying workforce development strategy that aligns with employers' needs, coordinates with educators, and fills workforce gaps. The program is working with CICP's existing statewide sector initiatives AgriNovus Indiana, BioCrossroads, Conexus Indiana, Energy Systems Network and TechPoint.

"Central Indiana faces challenges maximizing our economic potential, especially in developing a skilled workforce that meets the needs of employers," Jason Kloth, executive director of the Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative, said. "Addressing misalignment in the high and middle wage labor markets is particularly important, as they are the drivers of economic growth."

According to a Brookings Institution study on 21st Century advanced industries released earlier this year, Central Indiana is a nationally competitive center for regional growth and innovation. However, the study shows that for key sectors to continue to grow and contribute to the region's economic success, a series of talent-related challenges and opportunities need to be understood and addressed.

"USA Funds is pleased to join other funders in supporting this critically important project," Derek Redelman, USA Funds senior program director, said. "Multiple studies and reports have pointed to workforce issues as the leading challenge to Central Indiana"s future economic prosperity, yet, to date, no strategic or comprehensive plan exists to address that challenge. This initiative attempts to fill that void and, most importantly, to do so with employers in the lead. The project aligns with USA Funds' focus on Completion With a Purpose, promoting success in college and career."

In June, CICP named Jason Kloth, former Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Education, to lead the Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative.

About the Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative:

The Central Indiana Workforce Development Initiative is focused on creating a stronger alignment between the supply of skilled talent and demand from employers in Central Indiana. The initiative, which is part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), is aimed at ensuring a continuum of education and training opportunities to advance growth and prosperity for many key sectors in the region. To learn more, visit

About USA Funds:

USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that supports Completion With a PurposeSM, building a more purposeful path for America's students to and through college and on to rewarding careers and successful lives. USA Funds pursues its nonprofit mission through philanthropic activities and partnerships, policy research, and programs and services that enhance preparation for, access to and success in higher education. Learn more at

About Ascend Indiana

Ascend Indiana exists to give every Indiana employer access to the skilled workforce necessary to thrive, and every Indiana citizen the opportunity to pursue a meaningful career path. Ascend Indiana is a catalyst across industry sectors to help connect the supply of skilled talent to demand from employers through proven, scalable programs and innovative solutions. The organization collaborates with corporate, education, and community partners to identify and address challenges within the talent pipeline. To learn more visit,

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