Business faculty aid in county’s development efforts


An economic development effort in Morgan County is getting a boost from UIndy’s School of Business. This winter, the Morgan County Economic Development Corp. formed a Blue Ribbon Committee to explore the county’s chief assets—such as its proximity to major interstates and Indianapolis International Airport—and how they can be leveraged to promote business growth.

For assistance, the corporation contracted with UIndy to conduct research and work with the committee in developing recommendations for county officials. Sheela Yadav (left), dean of the UIndy School of Business, is leading the effort, which also includes focus group interviews with key business figures and analyses of the county’s labor force, tax structure, and potential development sites.

The final report, to be completed this summer, will identify the kinds of services and business activities Morgan County should focus on attracting.This type of community work is part of the University’s mission, Yadav says.

“Aside from the education we provide on campus, UIndy takes seriously its role as a resource for the broader community. Our faculty bring a wealth of real-world business experience to this project,” she adds, “and we’re proud to assist in elevating the profile of Morgan County and all of our neighbors in central Indiana.”