Presented by Mark Lawrance • Vice President, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Technology and innovation have long played an important role in Indiana’s economy. There has recently been an increasing number of new businesses and job announcements related to technology and innovation in Central Indiana and around the state.
With many economic and global forces of change occurring now and predicted for the future, how well are Indiana’s business community, government and not for profit enterprises poised to thrive as the global economy continues to evolve? This presentation will focus on what has been happening with Indiana’s technology and innovation economy and offer a perspective on why this is occurring and what needs to happen to maximize opportunities.
In the spring of 2016, Mark returned to the Indiana Chamber in a new role. He advocates for public policy in the economic development, infrastructure and technology areas. In addition, Mark leads efforts on
the Indiana Vision 2025 long-range economic development action plan and works with organizations on their collaborations with the Chamber.
An Indianapolis native, Lawrance spent more than 13 years at the Indiana Chamber beginning in 2000. He previously guided the efforts of the Indiana Chamber Foundation, Indiana Vision 2025 and its predecessor, Economic Vision 2010, as well as represented members on local government and technology issues. In between his two Chamber stints, Mark was director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute from 2014 until early 2016 – guiding the comprehensive Thriving Communities,
Thriving State initiative and other important research and programs. Mark graduated from the Indiana University School of Public Environmental Affairs with a degree in public affairs and marketing. He is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series and serves on the Marian University Cycling Board. He and his wife Jan enjoy travel, bicycling and spending time with their three children and five grandchildren.