Indy Partnership among top development groups-WEB ONLY

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Indy Partnership has been named one of the top 10 economic development groups in the nation by Site Selection magazine.

Ron Gifford, CEO of the local not-for-profit, was scheduled to accept the award this afternoon in Asheville, N.C., at the national meeting of the Industrial Asset Management Council.

Site Selection, a leading national economic development trade magazine, lauded Indy Partnership for its ability to leverage regional assets and business-cluster strengths, and for its “good old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.”

The organization works to bring jobs and capital investment to Marion and nine surrounding counties.

Indy Partnership President Ron Gifford said in a written statement that the organization shares the award with 10 county economic development groups, as well as with the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

“We work closely as an effective team to promote the region, and we’re proud to accept this award on their behalf as well,” he said in the statement.

The magazine uses seven criteria to rate economic development groups: investment, investment per capita, total jobs created, jobs created per capita, overall economic vitality, depth and breadth of economic strength, and ability to generate “breakthrough” deals.

Site Selection also recognized Indy Partnership’s Web site as one of the best it’s seen. Introduced in February, the site features advanced geographic information systems mapping technology that enables prospects to search for available sites and buildings, and create custom demographic data maps.

Indy Partnership is privately funded by more than 80 companies operating in the metropolitan area.

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