The business advocacy group is working with city officials and a consultant to develop a strategy for promoting Indianapolis' musical assets—and then writing the next verse in a higher key and more robust tempo.
Records provided to IBJ give behind-the-scenes insight into the all-hands-on-deck effort to attract the $5 billion project to Indianapolis, including setting up secret meetings, weighing several possible sites, and discussing "creative" incentives such as building a charter school on the prospective campus.
State economic development officials won't comment on whether they plan to submit a proposal for the $5 billion development, but a local site-selection expert said pursuing Amazon is “too good of an opportunity” for the state to pass up.
Ian Nicolini, 33, will serve as vice president of Develop Indy after his whirlwind tenure as town manager of Speedway. As in his previous position, Nicolini is charged with attracting companies and jobs to the area.
There’s no “manifest destiny” for Indianapolis. We aren’t sharing in the national migration of talent to metropolitan America. We lag most other large regions in population growth, including peers like Nashville, Denver and Columbus.