Indiana is enjoying success in attracting and growing technology and innovation businesses. Public policies can help continue that momentum. On December 1, you can learn more about those policy areas during the 2nd Annual Indiana Technology and Innovation Policy Summit, hosted by the Indiana Chamber, at the Conrad Indianapolis.

Influential industry, government and legislative leaders will highlight policy priorities during morning sessions. Micah Vincent, director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget, will deliver a luncheon keynote. He has played key roles with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s push for expanded tech growth through a variety of policies and actions.

Among the legislative priorities to be featured during this year’s summit:

  • Autonomous Vehicles – There is opportunity for Indiana to engage in and capitalize on the growing interest and work done in autonomous vehicle research and programs. State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) will lead the discussion.
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and tax implications – Indiana ranks second in software job growth. It’s important to clarify the tax situation for SaaS companies so Indiana remains competitive with other states.
  • Data Centers – With the economy increasingly dependent on data, hosting data centers is an economic growth opportunity for Indiana. Rich Carlton, president and COO of Data Realty in South Bend, will talk about fundamental changes the state needs to make to attract data center facilities.

Other items on the agenda include how certified tech parks can play an expanded role with future job creation, how and why we should expand venture capital investment and how to engage with legislators.

The summit begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m. We encourage you to join other business and policy leaders for this important event. You can register at

Event sponsors are Smithville, the Digital Policy Institute and Purdue University.

Resource: Mark Lawrance at (317) 264-7547 or email: [email protected]