Indy Partnership Wins National Economic Development Award for Excellence in Research

Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) awards Indy Partnership
top honors for its advanced geographical information system mapping tools

INDIANAPOLIS (May 27, 2010) – Indy Partnership, the regional business attraction organization for the 10-county Indianapolis area, has been honored with the national “Excellence in Research Projects Supporting Business Development” award from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).

Matt Waldo, Indy Partnership’s Director of Research and Information, accepted the award at the C2ER annual conference held last week in Washington, D.C. This marks the sixth national award Indy Partnership has received for excellence in economic development during the past 12 months.

The award recognized Indy Partnership’s cutting-edge geographical information system (GIS) mapping tools on the Partnership’s award-winning website ( Indy Partnership was the first economic development organization in the United States to offer these advanced interactive research and data tools to site selection consultants and corporate relocation managers worldwide.

“The work done day-in and day-out by Matt Waldo and our Research and Information Department is exceptional,” said Ron Gifford, president and CEO of Indy Partnership. “This recognition from C2ER confirms what we consistently hear from site selection consultants and others – that the quality of data Indy Partnership provides is the best they’ve seen, and that our research platforms, including our GIS mapping tools, have set the national standard for excellence.”

C2ER is a membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in economic research by improving data availability, enhancing data quality and fostering learning about regional economic analytic methods. The organization’s annual awards program, now in its 11th year, recognizes accomplishments in community and economic research. C2ER is known for producing the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, respected by the U.S. Census Bureau, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNN Money and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as the most reliable source of city-to-city comparisons of key consumer costs.

Award nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges that included practitioner researchers, academics, site location/business consultants, marketing publications, and federal agencies.

About Indy Partnership
The Indy Partnership is a privately-funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to the Indianapolis Region—10 central Indiana counties including Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Monroe, and Shelby counties. Indy Partnership offers key services to businesses looking to expand or relocate, including point of contact for business development leads, incentives assistance, business research and demographic data, and regional marketing. Visit for more information.