Tech partnership will make Crawfordsville the ‘Everytown’

This column may be the third part of the “Why I Love My City” This week, the League highlights a surprising tech partnership that will boost economic development in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County

In partnership with Indianapolis-based VisionThree, Crawfordsville will become the “every city” of VR technology used by recruiting and marketing companies. Everytown alludes to the idea of ​​Everyman, an old literary archetype that carries a message that aims to reach as many people as possible. In this case, Crawfordsville. To be the quintessential community model of the US.

It works like this: VisionThree’s mission is to provide 2D and 3D content for businesses to recruit, market and train. They launched an educational partnership for Hoosier High School and Ivy Tech. They will provide high school students with an immersive experience. Give students the opportunity to experiment with future careers through virtual reality. They partner with communities and districts across the state, from Bartholomew School to Elkhart. and now to Montgomery County

What started out as a conversation with administrators of the county’s three school companies about the center location turned into a conversation with the county’s economic development coordinator, Cheryl Morphew. and the office of Mayor Todd Barton.

Not only did the company and the county decide to explore the VisionThree experience at Fusion 54, but the city also decided to partner with VisionThree to make Crawfordsville a place to be. It is a model community that users of the system will meet in the virtual world. Users wearing VR goggles are “walking” to Crawfordsville.

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How will this help Crawfordsville and the entire county?

“Ten years ago The county’s economic goal is ‘jobs, jobs, jobs,’” Mayor Barton said. We have hundreds of jobs and more are coming. Now we can look for higher paying jobs.”

Barton is excited about this collaboration. In the coming months, VisionThree and local leaders will be creating content that showcases the assets in the region. As Barton puts it, “We have the confidence to do this because our community is well represented” when industry visits Montgomery. Many County people strive to find here. Other communities may have beaches or mountains, but Crawfordsville is the place to be. There are many interesting properties.

“More exposure through this virtual reality platform will show us,” Barton said.

Communities like ours are characterized by the following, written by Edward T. McMahon of the New Hampshire’s Municipal Association: A Vision for the Future. strong asset list The map was created to enhance those assets. vision of using education and incentives There are rules (not just regulations) to grow. a sense of cooperation for the mutual benefit of neighbors Attention to the aesthetics of the community and finally, strong leadership and committed citizenship.

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He goes on to say that successful communities It “involves a broader community of residents in defining and planning for the future” and “utilizing outstanding assets such as architecture, history, and culture.” natural environment and home-grown businesses instead of trying to lead a new identity that is different”

We have a large “wide cross-section” of residents investing in the development of our community. From leaders in the Main Street Association and the LWVMC Climate, Economic and Health team to unknown heroes and libraries, Carnegie Museum, Lew Wallace Education, Tennebaum Center, Wabash College, our industry. business owner Local forums, clubs, religions, communities, non-profit organizations. and the next list It’s not possible to tag them all. But each contributes to its present and future success.

Barton commends Morphew for the idea of ​​bringing VisionThree here, and Dr. Colleen Moran for facilitating the school organization’s teamwork on this and new projects. other emerging

Crawfordsville It is the first and currently the only city to create content for VisionThree. The partnership, which merges the county’s economic goals with VisionThree’s programs, demonstrates the confidence in our community. We have a great park system. A great starting point for tracts, museums, libraries, colleges, strong schools. The heart of the city that shows promise from the rapid growth of Our energy sources are becoming more and more sustainable. We have attracted residential developers and developed many old buildings into residences.

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We still have room to grow and improve. As high school students visit Fusion 54, they don VR goggles and tour places like Ellis Aviation, where they take apart engines. Our city will be able to send glasses to companies. who are looking for a new site Those companies will save money on travel expenses. But still able to experience Montgomery County.

All content created for the VR experience costs money. The city is taking advantage of American Rescue Plan funds and TIF business tax revenue. more They may find that it improves their return on investment. Especially if they use government funding to offset what they have to pay upfront to build marketing and recruitment. In the long run, not only will VisionThree’s educational programs generate more interest in local high-paying careers, but it will also generate more interest in local high-paying careers. it also helps the county attract more of those jobs.

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