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Upcoming Event: INTERFACE Charlotte March 29th

Technology and Innovation in Indiana

  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.

Presented by Julia Wise

  Presented by Julia Wise • Manager of the Office of Science and Technology, New Mexico Economic Development Department

Technology-based economic development strives to create an environment where innovative and technology based firms thrive. With three federal research labs, three research universities, and several private research organizations, New Mexico has the basic framework to have a robust science and technology sector. This talk will discuss what New Mexico is doing to create this environment, what we still need to do so, the challenges faced, and what comes next.

Julia Wise is a scientist with experience in education, health care, and technology transfer who now works in technology based economic and community development. As the Manager of the Office of Science and Technology she works to create, support, and lead programs that allow New Mexico’s science and technology based economy to grow and thrive. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Masters and Doctorate in Geology. Prior to moving back to her hometown of Santa Fe she worked for The Science Museum of Minnesota, had a stint as a barista, worked at The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, taught geology, environmental science, and engineering at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, and worked for STC.UNM. Outside of work she volunteers for the Santa Fe Alliance for Science and with Patient Privacy Rights in their health data partnership with the UN. She also spends a lot of time exploring and playing in the mountains of New Mexico.