Technological advancements and ongoing globalization are rapidly reshaping the U.S. economy. In order to be competitive in terms of attracting and retaining employers and talent, the greater Indianapolis area must continue to focus on creating more of what the Brookings Institution refers to as “good and promising jobs” that are relevant for the 21st century economy. We must simultaneously ensure that people in greater Indianapolis are prepared to fill these jobs. Dick Fairbanks created his namesake Foundation to enhance the vitality of Indianapolis, in part by supporting key economic drivers – like talent attraction and development initiatives – that help ensure a thriving city.

To strengthen the local economy, the Foundation has established the following goal in this focus area:

  • Identify and support key economic drivers that will help to create a more vibrant Indianapolis.

Learn more about how we support the vitality of Indianapolis below, or contact us for more information.

We have identified the following strategies to support this goal:

  • Support the systemic and operating conditions necessary to grow the supply of good and promising jobs in greater Indianapolis, with an emphasis on talent development, attraction and retention.
  • Support the work of select organizations in Indianapolis designated by Dick Fairbanks during his lifetime as Family Legacy grantees. To the extent possible, Foundation funding for these grantees will align with the focus area goals established by the Foundation.