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In 2022, the PCRD team crafted their new mission, vision, and five-year course.

In 2022, the PCRD team crafted their new mission, vision, and five-year course.

Here's what
we've been up to.

In 2022, PCRD formed diverse partnerships to foster the representation and empowerment of the entire community. We nurtured regional and community alliances by leveraging applied research, innovative metrics, data analytics, visualizations, specialized assistance, and impact evaluation to drive strategic development. Furthermore, we actively pursued and implemented new methods, tools, and techniques for regional development through research, collaboration with peers, and community engagement.


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Counties & regions reached


Funds secured


Projects & programs


Individuals reached

Regional development is not just about building infrastructure and creating jobs, it's about creating vibrant, inclusive communities where people can thrive, and where innovation and creativity can flourish.


Data and technical reports produced
Top Reports

Top Data & Technical Reports

  • Job Openings & Labor Turnover in Indiana: The Churning Continues
  • Home Broadband Survey Results: Connecting Indiana
  • Job Earnings Index - A New Metric by PCRD
  • Economic Resiliency


Data products and services provided

Data innovation is the key to unlocking the potential of regional development, as it provides insights that enable communities to make informed decisions, drive economic growth, and create opportunities for all.


In 2022, PCRD created multiple data reports and products

Regional Development

Here's how PCRD has impacted communities and regions in 2022


Educational services conducted


Hours of techical assistance

Browse our top community and regional development projects of 2022.

Top Projects

Top Projects of 2022

  • Rural Opportunity Zones Initiative (ROZI)

    ROZI an initiative designed to help rural opportunity zone communities develop and market a locally driven “Investment Prospectus”. This past year, ROZI participating communities completed their prospectus and showcase it.

  • Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN)

    WHIN is a consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana devoted to collaboration and fueling prosperity by harnessing the power of internet-enabled sensors to develop the region into a global epicenter of digital agriculture. This past year, PCRD team completed an evaluation report. Here are the insights of the report

Accelerating Community Digital Transformation (ACT)

Through a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, PCRD launched ACT. The project builds on PCRD’s experience assisting many counties and regions in Indiana and beyond in developing digital inclusion plans.

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Hoosier Enduring Legacy Program (HELP)

Provide technical assistance to employ community engagement, prior planning efforts, and asset-building strategies. The goal is to position communities for greater impact from state & federal funds through the development and implementation of a Strategic Investment Plan.

Remote Work Professional Certificate

Develop to equip workers with the tools and skills needed to work from home as a remote worker, freelancer, or entrepreneur. PCRD has partnered with Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) and was awarded a Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) to implement this program.

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Projects & Contracts

Explore the top projects and contracts from 2022


Read the top publications from 2022

Indiana’s Workforce: Resignations Up, New Hires Down

Highlights the changing nature of Indiana's workforce from May to October 2021, including trends in job openings, hires, and separations. The report highlights a concerning trend of a growing number of workers in Indiana quitting their jobs during this period.

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Indiana’s Diverse Strategy to Address Digital Exclusion

The post-COVID world is significantly more digital than the pre-COVID world due to the acceleration of digitization caused by the pandemic. COVID also increased awareness of digital exclusion, which would have taken several years to reach the current level of understanding.

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How the Indiana SBDC Works to Help Small Businesses

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) advisors provide invaluable assistance for small business growth, and while summarizing their services in one sentence may be difficult, their primary objective is to aid businesses in developing and expanding.

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Beyond the numbers

Digital Fellows Journey

Digital Fellows work to address challenges in their regions, particularly the digital divide and leadership development. They aim to strengthen civic infrastructure in Indiana and become transformational community leaders.

Iris O’Donnell Bellisario

Digital Fellow

Iris is a recent Purdue graduate working at the Southern Indiana Development Commission in Loogootee. She aims to increase awareness of digital inclusion, improve e-learning capabilities, and housing in the region. Her current focus is on resiliency planning efforts and strategies to strengthen small businesses.

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What was your favorite project during your second year?

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Cory Knipp

Digital Fellow

Cory Knipp is a Purdue University graduate who works for the Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, helping underserved communities access modern digital technologies. He has also volunteered with non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area, providing research for economic empowerment programs and leading efforts to reduce single-use plastic waste.

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What was your favorite project during your first year?

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Gary Thompson

Digital Fellow

Gary serves with the East Central Indiana Regional Planning District in Muncie to improve broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion efforts. After growing up in Franklin, IN, he graduated from Indiana University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs in Law and Public Policy with a minor in History.

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What are your plans after you serve as a Digital Fellow?

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Emma Woods

Digital Fellow

Emma is a Digital Inclusion Fellow with the Regional Opportunity Initiatives in the Indiana Uplands region. She has a degree in Political Science and Public Relations from the University of Southern Indiana and has been involved in various student organizations at different levels. Emma is committed to expanding opportunities in Indiana and ensuring that everyone can thrive.

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What’s a valuable skill you’ve gained as a Digital Fellow?

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Our Impact in 2022

By the Numbers

  • Grants & Contracts

    • Funds Applied for

    • Contracts Applied for

    • Funds Secured

    • Contracts Secured

    • Non-SBDC Funds Secured

  • Community & Regional Engagement

    • Projects & Programs

    • Educational Programs Conducted

    • Individuals Reached

    • Hours of Technical Assistance Provided

    • Counties Assisted

    • Regions Assisted

  • Small Business Development

    • Business Starts

    • Capital Infusion

    • Clients Served

    • Jobs Created

    • Jobs Supported

  • Data Products & Services

  • Publications

    • Peer Reviewed Articles

    • Policy Insights

    • Blog Posts

    • Project-Specific Publications

    • Conferences/Research Presentations

  • Online Presence

    • Social Media Posts

    • Social Users Reached

    • Social New Followers

    • Social Total Followers

    • PCRD Website Views

    • Social Media Stories


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