Indiana Sec. of Commerce Jim Schellinger and the Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) will host an inaugural conference, the Indiana Global Economic Summit, in Indianapolis next spring. The summit, planned for April 26-28, will convene the state’s economic development partners in business, education and government as well as business prospects from across the world to foster collaboration and accelerate conversations on the future of the global economy.
“In Indiana, we work every day to create a top-ranked business climate that encourages growth, supports collaboration and fosters innovation,” said Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “And because of that collaboration, Hoosiers are developing life-changing and life-saving solutions across the state at global corporations, startups and renown universities. Indiana is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the 21st century digital economy, and we look forward to convening partners here in the heart of the Midwest to build on this momentum, advancing lifelong economic impact and cultural relationships.”
The Indiana Global Economic Summit will convene conversations on high-growth sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, defense and cybersecurity, life sciences, ag biosciences, aerospace and IT, and related topics like workforce, connectivity and quality of place. Conference sessions will focus on universal issues that have implications on communities across the world, such as global food supplies, cybersecurity in a digital age, sustainability, energy storage solutions, space exploration and the disruption of technology across business.
“The world is more connected now than ever before,” said Schellinger. “The opportunities and challenges we face today in a rapidly-evolving economy are shared, and we’re in an exciting position to learn from one another and to work together to advance industry, innovation, workforce, connectivity and quality of life.”
The IEDC anticipates hosting about 600 to 800 attendees from across Indiana, the U.S. and around the world. Conference programming will take place at the Indiana Convention Center and The Westin Indianapolis, and Summit receptions will be hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indiana State Museum.