AgriNovus Indiana, a Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) strategic initiative for the agbiosciences sector, today announced that Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided a grant to the CICP Foundation to fund a comprehensive study of Indiana’s agbiosciences workforce.
AgriNovus Indiana is committed to strengthening the state’s agricultural and food industries through collaboration and entrepreneurial support. AgriNovus Indiana’s stakeholders include business, university and government leaders with an interest in Indiana’s diverse food and agricultural sector.
With the help of TEConomy Partners, AgriNovus Indiana will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the Indiana food and agriculture industry’s current and future talent needs. It will examine ways to educate, recruit, develop and retain the talent necessary for this industry. The goal of the research will be to learn how AgriNovus Indiana can design, coordinate and engage in strategic programs that ensure the industry has the talent it needs to prosper in Indiana.
The assessment will begin in early 2016 with results available later in the year.
“In today’s global and innovative food and agricultural sector, states and regions are increasingly competing to educate, train and recruit a qualified workforce to meet the needs of the industry,” Beth Bechdol, president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, said. “Talent is an especially important issue for the ever-changing innovation and technology-driven agbiosciences sector. In our first year, stakeholders emphasized the critical importance of gaining a better understanding of the state’s current workforce and future talent requirements.”
The agbiosciences industry is expanding beyond traditional farming and food production, using research and development to create new products to feed a growing global population. The industry is increasingly partnering with engineering, computer science and other industries that utilize new technologies and require different skills.
“The grant from Lilly Endowment will allow AgriNovus Indiana to conduct a foundational and robust workforce assessment that will offer a deeper examination of the current workforce and ways Indiana can best retain and recruit talent now and in the future,” Bechdol added.
About Lilly Endowment Inc.
The Endowment was founded in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly, J.K. Lilly, Jr., and Eli Lilly – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the wishes of the founders, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.
About AgriNovus Indiana
AgriNovus Indiana is the State’s food and agriculture innovation initiative focused on advancing the sector as a nationally recognized leader through strategic collaboration among corporations, industry associations, government and universities; the creation and support of new companies; as well as branding and targeted promotions to elevate the sector. AgriNovus Indiana is part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, an effort dedicated to the Indiana’s continued prosperity and growth. Contact AgriNovus Indiana to learn more.