Statement as distributed Wednesday by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The John S. and James L. Knight Donor-Advised Fund recently awarded the Millennial 2020 program (M2020) a $30,000 grant to help the organization in its efforts to engage Millennials, those roughly between the ages of 15 and 25, in changing the story of Northeast Indiana.
M2020, an initiative through the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, will use the grant to support and expand existing projects. It will also pursue new projects aligned with the pillars of Vision 2020, Northeast Indiana's visioning initiative, and leadership development opportunities for members of M2020's Millennial Leaders Alliance.
"The Millennial Leaders Alliance (MLA) is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of making Northeast Indiana a better place for future generations," said Adam Bouthot, a member of the MLA, the governing body of M2020. "The grant from the Knight Foundation will allow us to carry out projects that can greatly enhance engagement in and attachment to the region among Millennials."
During a recent meeting of the MLA, members laid out their plan for the 2013-2014 season. MLA members intend to:
- Provide presentations to high school classrooms.
- Conduct speed networking events with members of Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership's Regional Opportunities Council and Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana.
- Pursue a volunteer project to support one of Vision 2020's five pillars.
- Host their third Spark Tank, a seed funding competition for Millennials.
- Offer job shadow opportunities for MLA members.
Millennials serving on the 2013-2014 MLA include: Logan Robrock, Justin Sheehan, Josh Smith and Brandon Wiegand (Allen County); Paige Grate (DeKalb County); Tyler Rice and Josh Wickersham (Huntington County); Carrie Schieber and Emilee Deming (Noble County); Alise Feaman (Steuben County); Katie Rethlake and Peter Schnellenberger (Whitley County); and Adam Bouthot, Lindsey Hively and Jordan McArdle (At-large).
Regional leaders who advise the MLA include: Catherine Sondgerath (Adams County), Dan Kennedy (Allen County), Travis Sondergath (DeKalb County), Adrian Halverstadt (Huntington County) and Dave Wood (Whitley County).
There are still some spots open for new members and leaders. For more information about M2020 or to apply to serve on the MLA, visit millennial2020.com.
Millennial 2020 is an extension of Vision 2020 , a regional initiative stewarded by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, working to transform Northeast Indiana through the five pillars of 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure, and Quality of Life. Millennial 2020 gives Millennials an active voice and role in Vision 2020 and directly aligns with Vision 2020's mission for Northeast Indiana of developing, attracting, and retaining talent.
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 10 counties of Northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit www.NEIndiana.com.