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Chancellor Michael Harris Addresses North Central Indiana Mayors, IU News Room Indiana University

Chancellor Michael Harris Addresses North Central Indiana Mayors, IU News Room Indiana University

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Region's mayors strategize at IU Kokomo summit: IU News Room: Indiana Universityhttp://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/19216.html[7/7/2014 9:53:09 PM]
IU Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris, standing,addresses north-central Indiana mayors at a recentsummit.Print-Quality Photo
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Region's mayors strategize at IU Kokomosummit
 July 2011
Industry, government, and higher education of north-central Indiana must join forces -- creating a "triple helix" -- to successfully land businesses andimprove quality of life. Regionalization and other collaborative ideas werediscussed during a recent Mayor's Summit hosted by Indiana University Kokomo.Ten of the region's mayorsmet with Chancellor MichaelHarris to strategize how communities can work together to be competitive in aglobal economy. Penny Lee, vice chancellor of publicaffairs and advancement,moderated the event."North-central Indiana should be a region that is recognized nationally. We at IU Kokomo believe very strongly in what is becoming known as the triple helix. It is based on close,collaborative efforts among industry, government, and universities," Harrissaid. "It's only those regions where industry is alive, where government isinvolved, and where there exists a strong university that they will be aheadof the competition."We would like to see more strengthening of that triple helix effect," hesaid. "The bottom line, of course, is assuring the American dream. We
 
 
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Region's mayors strategize at IU Kokomo summit: IU News Room: Indiana Universityhttp://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/19216.html[7/7/2014 9:53:09 PM]
 believe the future is in abundance." A recent report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors was a point of discussion. The mayoral panel also talked about economic realities facingtheir cities and explored ideas for continual collaboration and enhancedeconomic development.Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight welcomed the panel and emphasized theimportance of coming together to examine ways to enhance collaboration.Regionalization is a way to give people hope, said Mayor Wayne Seybold of Marion. "In order for regionalization to work, we need to plan for it,"Seybold said. "We need to have someone lead the process."Monticello Mayor Jason Thompson said one obstacle faced by cities isfinding skilled workers."Industries that are coming can't get the skilled worker," Thompson said."They don't have the math skill to run robotic machinery in the assembly line."Mike Fincher, mayor of Logansport, emphasized the importance of aneducated workforce, stating that owners of companies looking to relocate orestablish a new business always ask the skill and education level of potentialemployees."If we're going to be a marketable commodity, we need a better educated workforce," he said.The region faces challenges based on transforming from a manufacturing workforce to an economy of knowledge and innovation, where only entrepreneurs will survive, Harris said."This isn't unique here. We believe the regional campuses play a significantrole in economic development, a vision of IU President Michael McRobbie,"Harris said. "We are living in a tremendous era of globalization. It is nolonger just Logansport and Kokomo. It's a tsunami out there that is comingat us fast."Mayors in attendance were Randy Strasser, Delphi; Greg Goodnight,Kokomo; Huck Lewis, Lebanon; Michael Fincher, Logansport; Wayne

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