Economic Development

The Office of Community Engagement is actively engaged in building community partnerships by supporting business growth in central Indiana through talent planning, professional development and continuing education, and business assistance. Staff in this office can assist business, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations to access the resources needed to meet their organizational challenges; attract, retain, and grow talent, and technical support for business and operational issues.



Anchor Institution Initiative and Strategies

As an anchor institution to Indianapolis and Central Indiana, IUPUI is conscious of the impact that decisions made by the organization make on the community and contribute to strategies to improve the quality of life and economic future of the region. IUPUI values strong community partnerships with companies and organizations in Central Indiana and across the state. As part of the OCE goal to “Connect with Communities to Create Community Engagement Opportunities,” OCE serves as the campus lead for Anchor Institution Initiatives in support of university, campus, and community goals. The objectives are: (1) Align IUPUI resources in support of Marion County’s Live – Hire – Buy strategies, and (2) Create new and strengthen existing partnerships with Indiana businesses and community organizations for local, regional, national, and international activities and relationships.

IUPUI is working with community partners to set realistic and sustainable goals that will increase IUPUI’s positive impact on the surrounding community by increasing local hires, buying local, and encouraging employees to live in and support surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. A comprehensive strategy is underway to better leverage the institutional hiring, buying and living strategies to benefit Indiana and the institution.

LIVE: IUPUI Anchor Housing Program

IUPUI’s anchor housing program offers down payment assistance to full-time employees interested in buying a home near the IUPUI campus. It also offers financial assistance to make exterior home repairs to full-time employees who own and occupy a home in the targeted geography. For more information about this program click here.

Read more: New housing progam offered for IUPUI employees, First recipients of IUPUI Anchor Housing Program find home sweet home

HIRE: Find a Career at IUPUI

IUPUI employs thousands of people from the community in a wide variety of positions, at every level. To find career opportunities at IUPUI click here.

BUY: Community BUY Initiatives – Resources for Working with Indiana University

Coming Soon:

On September 30 and October 1, 2017, IUPUI will host the Black Business Summit, a vendor fair co-sponsorerd by IUPUI and the Black Chamber. To learn more, view flyer here, and if you are attending the event, come by the IUPUI table to learn more about working with IUPUI!

Past Events:

In August 2017, IUPUI and the Indy Chamber launched a new BUY Initiative called, “How to do Business with IUPUI” to encourage new, small businesses to work with the university.  More than 100 Indy Chamber members and local business owners attended and met with staff from the IUPUI Procurement Office to learn more about contracting, vendor processes, and consulting with Indiana University and IUPUI. View the event program here.

For more information about doing business with IUPUI, visit the IU Office of Procurement Services about purchasing or vendor information. View a list of IUPUI Procurement officers here.

Business Entrepreneurship and Start Up Resources

Thinking of starting a business? Check out the programs, events and workshops hosted by SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center, a Near West Initiative in partnership with IUPUI. Subscribe to the SOURCE River West newsletter to stay current on all the exciting trainings and events!

Indy Resources – No Mean City Initiative

New to Indianapolis? Graduating soon? A life-long Hoosier who wants to learn more about Indianapolis? If any of these descriptions fit you, make sure to check out No Mean City to see real stories of what it means to call Indy home. No Mean City is a citizens’ guide to community, culture, schools and housing.

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