Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Greenwood capital projects manager Kevin Steinmetz, and Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett complete the panel. They will discuss the possibilities of business growth, expanded economy, and existing corridors with more than 25,000 motorists using Madison Avenue and 15,000 using Shelby Street. The panel also will look at the impact of the IndyGo Red Line that will link Indy’s northside to Greenwood.
The summit is from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Schwitzer Student Center on campus at 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
“Through the Southside Business Summit, we hope to network with other like-minded communities and have a stronger voice in bringing infrastructure and business opportunities to the Southside,” said Michelle Strahl Salinas, director for South Indy Quality of Life Plan. “By bringing together business and property owners, SoIndy has begun the process of sharing resources for small business development and improvements.”
Angela Smith-Jones, Indianapolis deputy mayor for economic development, will serve as panel moderator. University of Indianapolis president Robert L. Manuel and Independent Colleges of Indiana president David W. Wantz will summarize the panel discussion. Robin Heldman, president of Direct Connect Printing, emphasizes the discussion is critical to addressing issues facing Southside businesses.
“One of the struggles for this business sector is the decision to continue operations as they are or expand the goods and services to build more capacity,” Heldman said. “My hope is this event will lend insight to business owners as to the direction the city leaders are taking in this area.”
The University of Indianapolis serves as host of the inaugural summit that is open to the public or a $5 registration per person with proceeds to Gleaners Food Bank.