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Spark Tank rescheduled for March 15

Statement as issued Wednesday by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The second annual Millennial 2020 Spark Tank has been rescheduled for Friday, March 15 at the Kendallville Event Center. The event was originally scheduled for Friday, February 22, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Millennials -- roughly between the ages 15 to 25 - who have ideas on how to change the story of Northeast Indiana are invited to attend.

Spark Tank encourages Millennials to come up with ideas for business or community engagement projects and pitch them to their peers and regional leaders. After all of the ideas are pitched, groups will be formed and real, tangible strategic plans will be created. At the end of the day, groups will present their ideas to a panel of judges, and the top two ideas will receive $500 in seed money.

Don’t have an idea? No problem -- you are encouraged to attend, offer feedback, network with regional leaders and collaborate with peers on projects that spark your interest.

Representatives from colleges throughout Northeast Indiana will set up informational booths to answer questions and provide more information about career choices. As added incentives, several prize packages will be given away throughout the day. Prizes include Fort Wayne Mad Ants tickets, Crazy Pins passes, Carmike and NGC movie theater tickets, gift certificates to area restaurants, a Vera Bradley tote bag, an OFabz swimsuit, Kernel Coladas Gourmet Popcorn gift basket and much more.

When: Friday, March 15, 8:15 am - 2:30 pm; Lunch provided

Where: Kendallville Event Center, 615 Professional Way, Kendallville, IN 46755

Who: Millennials (ages 15-25) and Regional Leaders

Admission: Free

Registration: Register online at www.millennial2020.com/spark-tank/spark-tank-registration by Wednesday, March 13th.

Questions: Contact Jordan McArdle at Jordan@neindiana.com or 260-469-3465

The event is hosted by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s Millennial 2020 program in conjunction with Noble Vision of Noble County. The event is focused on high school-aged Millennials although all Millennials are welcome to attend.

ABOUT

M2020 Spark Tank is an event through the Millennial 2020 program. Millennial 2020 is an extension of Vision 2020 , a regional initiative stewarded by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, working to transform Northeast Indiana through the five pillars of 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure, and Quality of Life. Millennial 2020 gives Millennials an active voice and role in Vision 2020 and directly aligns with Vision 2020’s mission for Northeast Indiana of developing, attracting, and retaining talent.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity through product development and effective regional collaboration. The Northeast Indiana Fund (Fund) was created in 2005 to operate as a supporting organization of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, focused specifically on product development and regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. Through its combined efforts in business development and capacity building, the Partnership supports its 10 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit www.NEIndiana.com.

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