A recent New York Times article offered the nation, in fact the world, an overview of something that Hoosiers have known for several years now — that Indianapolis is more than a manufacturing center and is taking its place as a technology center.
Just a few examples cited in the story included:
- The expansion of cloud computing company Salesforce and its move into Indy’s tallest building, the 48-story Chase Tower;
- Entrepreneurs such as IU alum and venture capitalist Scott Dorsey, who founded ExactTarget before its acquisition by Salesforce in 2013;
- The growing production of tech-savvy workers by universities such as IU, Butler, DePauw, Purdue and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology;
- The efforts of cooperative efforts such as the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and Bio Crossroads, the latter of which seeks to mesh Indiana’s agricultural sector with its life sciences and technology industries.
Some challenges remain, the article noted, such as the recent passage of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Despite the “chilling effect” it initially had among prospective tech workers, “the corporate community stepped in and said it had to be changed. That gives you a sense of how this place works,” CICP President David L. Johnson told the Times.
Read the entire article here.