Policy Choices for Indiana's Future (Policy Choices II)

Mid-sized communities represent approximately one-fifth of the
population and jobs in Indiana.

The Thriving Communities, Thriving State Mid-sized Areas Commission examines state and local strategies and policies that can help mid-sized communities fulfill the critical role they play in attracting businesses, investment, and workers to the state of Indiana.

Gathering information and input through available research, public meetings around the state, expert speakers, online public surveys, and other data sources, the Commission will develop recommendations in four broad focus areas for state and local policy leaders.

The focus areas are:

  • Valuing education,
  • Local government reform/local public sector innovation,
  • Civic leadership, engagement and philanthropy, and
  • Community quality of life/quality of place.

Mid-sized Areas Commission




Jeff Rea

President and CEO

St. Joseph County
Chamber of Commerce

Tracy Hamilton Souza

President & CEO

Heritage Fund of
Bartholomew County




Jamie Palmer

Senior Policy Analyst

IU Public Policy Institute

Brittany Glaze

Graduate Assistant

IU Public Policy Institute






Richard Aguirre

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Goshen College

Ed Clere

State Representative

State of Indiana

Heather Ennis

President & CEO

Northwest Indiana Forum

Christy Gillenwater

President & CEO

Southwest Indiana
Chamber of Commerce

Allan Kauffman


City of Goshen

Cinda Kelley-Hutchings

Executive Director

Hendricks County Economic
Development Partnership

Carol Kramer


C. Kramer & Co.

Lee Lewellen


Indiana Economic
Development Association

Blair Milo


City of La Porte

Scott Robison


Zionsville Schools

Ellen Rosenthal

President & CEO

Conner Prairie

Tom Schuman

Senior Vice President 
of Communications & Operations

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Terry Seitz


City of Jasper

Tom Utley


Montgomery County Council