• Regional High School STEM competition to be held Friday, 11/16/18

    TechFest 2018 will draw hundreds of students from Northeast Indiana

    (November 13, 2018) – High school students from throughout northeast Indiana will descend upon the McMillen Park Community Center in Fort Wayne this Friday to compete at TechFest 2018. The 9th annual TechFest event will see 568 students representing 18 high schools throughout northeast Indiana compete in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) oriented competitions and learn about college and career opportunities in northeast Indiana. “We are so excited to get this event underway on Friday,” said Event Coordinator Kurt Whited. “The students bring such energy to the day and it is so rewarding to see their interest in STEM.”

    TechFest is put on annually by the Northeast Indiana Tech Coalition (NEITC), a collaboration of the City of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ivy Tech Community College, and Atos – the city and county’s IT services provider. The NEITC is focused on stopping the “brain drain” in northeast Indiana by establishing a model of cooperation between government, businesses and schools.
    Twenty-seven businesses and colleges will be on hand to introduce the students to STEM careers and higher education opportunities in Indiana. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in fifteen breakout sessions and practicing their interviewing skills with local HR professionals. The competitions this year will cover cybersecurity, materials science, engineering, website design, mathematics, programming, and electronics.

    “This event would not be possible without our major sponsors – Franklin Electric, 80/20 Inc, BAE Systems, Raytheon, Questa, NIDIA, Lutheran Health Network, and Indiana Tech – and the 60 plus volunteers who help out on the day of the event,” added Tim Miller, Volunteer Coordinator.

    The students will start the day with a keynote addresses from Clayton Harbeck, Senior Vice President of Healthcare and Public segments with Atos and Joel Nichols, CEO of AVID Labs, Apollo Design Technology, and Blue Pony. In the afternoon, students will hear from Blair Milo, the State of Indiana’s first Secretary for Career Connections and Talent.

    Morning keynotes at 9:15 and 9:30 am – STEM competitions at 10 a.m. – Afternoon keynote at 12:40 with awards ceremony to immediately follow.

    For more information contact Kurt Whited, Event Coordinator, at 446-4917

  • Invitation to National Security and Federal Contracting Networking Summit

    invite leaders of small and medium-sized Hoosier companies interested in learning more about national security-related opportunities to work with the federal government and compete for federal contracts to attend:

    National Security and Federal Contracting Networking Summit
    When: September 10, 2018 9:00-11:30 a.m.
    Where: Stout Army Air Field in Indianapolis

    Presenters from federal entities will discuss their organizations, what they do, and how Indiana companies can work with them. Hoosiers will then have an opportunity to network one-on-one with the federal representatives—asking questions, introducing their companies, and exploring opportunities.

    Presenters will include representatives from the:

    • Small Business Administration (SBA);
    • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); z United States Marine Corps (USMC);
    • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID);
    • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); and
    • Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
    • Additional presenters expected

    To attend, please RSVP no later than August 24 to both Deanna Dennison at deannad71@gmail.com and Monica Kozlowski at Monica_Kozlowski@young.senate.gov.

    Attendees need to provide their name, company, and email address. Attendees should bring business cards and copies of your company’s capability statement. This event is exclusively for leaders of Indiana-based companies.

  • Adjunct Instructor Opportunities at Indiana Tech

    Indiana Tech is in need of Adjunct Professors in their College of Engineering. The positions are mostly for evenings, so this would be an ideal opportunity for any of your employees (or retirees) to get involved with this great Institution.  Basic requirements are for a Master’s degree in the instructional area (allotments can be made for equivalent experience in special circumstances).

    Please contact Scott Liebhauser if interested:

    Dr. Scott Liebhauser
    Assistant Dean, CPS
    Indiana Tech
    260-4225561 (ext 3449)

  • Electric Works presents Travis Sheridan of Venture Café

    The Electric Works team is bringing Travis Sheridan, President of Cambridge Innovation Center’s (CIC) Venture Café Global Institute, to Fort Wayne from August 6-9 to meet with founders and key startup support stakeholders. In support of the Regional Partnership’s Business Attraction and Talent Attraction strategies, we are working with Crystal Vann Wallstrom to help organize meetings and events to get the most out of his visit. Details below.

    Venture Café started in Boston in 2009 as an informal, organic gathering for innovators. Today it has a network of Venture Cafés in Miami, Boston, Winston-Salem, St. Louis, and internationally in Tokyo, Japan and Rotterdam, Netherlands. They are opening additional locations around the globe in Sydney, Dublin, London, Warsaw, and New York.

    Their mission is to connect innovators to make things happen and they do that through a public network of spaces and programs to help anyone with an idea succeed. Part of the secret is broadening how innovation is applied, building an inclusive community and connecting locally, nationally and globally. Venture Café is driven by the belief that innovation is a process to improve the human condition and its programs sit at the nexus of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic mobility.

    Electric Works ultimately hopes to have Venture Café involved and onsite at Electric Works.

    In addition to one-on-one meetings with Travis, we are helping to host three group breakfast meetings to be held at the Regional Partnership offices (200 East Main Street, Suite 910, Fort Wayne, IN 46802). We hope that you are available to attend one of those breakfast meetings.

    • August 7th, 7:45-8:45 AM
    • August 8th, 7:45-8:45 AM
    • August 9th, 7:45-8:45 AM

    Please RSVP to Crystal with your availability: Crystal@fwelectricworks.com

  • DLA Land & Maritime Supplier Conference

    NIDIA Members:

    The National Defense Industry Association is hosting the Defense Logistics Agency Land & Maritime Supplier Conference & Expo on June 19th – 20th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH.

    This is a good opportunity for current and potential DLA vendors to discuss future logistics support strategies, challenges and to streamline efforts to better support the Warfighter.

    Please use the following link to see why you should be attending this supplier conference.


    There are still plenty of booth spaces available. Register now.

    DLA Land & Maritime Supplier Conference & Exposition
    – June 19 – June 20, 2018
    – Columbus, OH