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University of Evansville to Host IBJ Media’s First Engage Indiana Series of 2024

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The University of Evansville (UE) is pleased to announce it will host Engage Indiana Southwest, an initiative dedicated to fostering economic prosperity across the state.

The upcoming event will be held in Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, on Friday, April 12, 2024.

With a steadfast commitment to advancing Indiana's economy, Engage Indiana events take place in every region of the state, and the upcoming event held at UE will be the first in the region this year.

Engage Indiana Series is a year-long, statewide series of events conducted in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Indiana’s Secretary of Commerce. The event convenes Indiana’s business executives, education and philanthropic leaders and community leaders to discuss how communities are breaking down barriers to partner in building the state’s future.

Attendees will delve into the unique challenges and promising opportunities that define Southwest Indiana’s economic landscape, aiming to facilitate discussions on tailored programs aimed at bolstering local communities.

The event will kick off with a networking session at 11:30 a.m., providing attendees with ample opportunities to connect with key stakeholders, industry experts, and community leaders. The program will begin at 12:00 p.m., featuring engaging discussions centered around critical topics such as talent attraction, retention, education, and economic development.

The lunch event will feature Indiana Secretary of Commerce David Rosenberg. A panel of regional leaders moderated by Gerry Dick, host of IBJ Media’s Inside INdiana Business television program, will also provide insight on relevant topics. Panelists include: Tim Hollander, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc., Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, President, University of Evansville, Ron Romain, Executive Chairman, United Companies, Roland Shelton, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategic Business Partnership Officer, Old National Bank, Mayor Stephanie Terry, City of Evansville and Lloyd Winnecke, CEO of Evansville Regional Economic Partnership.

"IBJ Media is thrilled to bring Engage Indiana Southwest to Evansville for the third consecutive year, underscoring our unwavering dedication to driving economic growth across all regions of the state," said IBJ Media CEO, Nate Feltman "This event serves as a platform for collaborative dialogue, where we can collectively address the pressing topics and capitalize on the unique strengths of Evansville and the Southwest Indiana community."

“It is an honor for the University of Evansville to host the Engage Indiana series, as we believe this collaborative effort embodies the spirit of partnership and innovation, qualities that are deeply ingrained in the fabric of our institution,” said UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Our commitment to excellence extends far beyond our campus. We are deeply invested in making our community a better place and we believe hosting Engage Indiana's Evansville event will be an invaluable opportunity for businesses, policymakers, educators, and residents to come together, exchange ideas, and chart a course towards a prosperous future for our city and the entire state of Indiana.”

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, April 12, 2024
  • Location: University of Evansville - Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall
  • Address: 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN 47714
  • Networking: 11:30 a.m.
  • Program: 12:00 p.m.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit

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