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A Regional Development Authority, or RDA, is a governmental entity charged with facilitating economic development and quality-of-life projects within a defined region. Indiana Code (IC) Title 36, Article 7.6, outlines the responsibilities of Regional Development Authorities in Indiana as follows:

  1. Assist in the coordination of local efforts concerning projects that are of regional importance;
  2. Assist a county, a municipality, a commuter transportation district, an airport authority, and a regional transportation authority in coordinating regional transportation and economic development efforts; and
  3. Fund projects that are of regional importance.

About the Central Indiana RDA

The Central Indiana Regional Development Authority (Central IN RDA) was formed in 2015 to compete for a grant from the State of Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative.

Recognizing that quality of place attracts and retains talented workers, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) created the Regional Cities Initiative – and a $126 million pot of funding – as a carrot to inspire regions to create strategic development plans. Regional Cities funding was generated through the state’s tax amnesty program.

The Central IN RDA convened public and private stakeholders and submitted a plan called Indy’s Metro Momentum Agenda. Ultimately, Central Indiana’s plan was not chosen as one of the three to be funded.

However, now the Central IN RDA is working on ways to support regionally significant investments.

The Central IN RDA’s jurisdiction includes nearly 1.1 million residents in Hamilton, Johnson and Marion counties.

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According to state statute, the Central IN RDA is composed of seven municipal members, including five board seats. Carmel (1), Greenwood (1), Indianapolis (2), and Westfield (1) are those municipalities with board representation. In addition, three of the “excluded cities” of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County are members without a board representative. These excluded cities are Beech Grove, Lawrence, and Southport.

Meet the Board

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Chris Pryor

Chair, Representing the City of Carmel

Mitch Frazier Bw

Mitch Frazier

Vice Chair, Representing the City of Westfield

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Keith Lauter

Secretary-Treasurer, Representing the City of Greenwood

Frank Esposito Bw

Frank Esposito

Representing the City of Indianapolis

Roderick Perry

Dr. Roderick Perry

Representing the City of Indianapolis

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Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes for each meeting will be approved at the next meeting.  Approved meeting minutes will be posted within 14 days of their approval.

2020 Minutes