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Indiana First


About Indiana First

Indiana First includes the Southwest Indiana Development Council (SWIDC) counties of Knox, Daviess, Martin, Pike, Dubois, Orange, Crawford, Spencer, Perry, and Harrison. SWIDC was formed in 1996, but the current membership of counties has been planning and working together to improve the region through economic development since 2015. We are working together in pursuit of a $50 million grant from the state of Indiana’s READI program.

As a part of the proposal process, we are asking for project and program ideas that the Indiana First Task Force can review for potential inclusion in the final grant application. Submissions can represent projects or programs in various stages of development from conception to implementation. Information provided through the submission form will inform the Indiana First Regional Development Plan which we are required to prepare to participate in READI.

Click below to access the submission form.

Project Submission Form

Submissions are due August 9, 2021

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About the READI Grant

In May, Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced the launch of READI. This transformational initiative will dedicate $500 million in state appropriations to strategically advance quality of place and quality of life, innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent attraction within self-defined Indiana regions. Through READI, regional grants of up to $50 million will support projects and programs that help make Indiana a magnet for talent and economic growth. Regions will be required to provide matching dollars to leverage the potential of READI.

The READI Grant seeks to achieve the region’s goals while improving developments in the following focus areas:

  • Quality of place and quality of life
  • Quality of opportunity
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Talent attraction and development

All READI project and program submissions should demonstrate the ability to achieve one or more of these outcomes over the next 5-10 years.


July 2021

  • Indiana First notified IEDC of the region’s intent to participate in READI.
  • An online submission form is made available for communities to submit projects and programs to inform the Indiana First Regional Development Plan. 

August 2021

  • Community project and program submissions due by August 9, 2021.
  • Indiana First Regional Development Plan submitted to IEDC by August 31, 2021.

September 2021

  • The IEDC board of directors will form a READI review committee to evaluate regional development plans.  The review committee will establish criteria to evaluate the plans and host a series of public review meetings.

November - December 2021

  • The IEDC review committee will make funding recommendations to the IEDC board of directors.
  • The IEDC board of directors will announce grant recipients at their 4th quarter meeting in mid-December.