SEI READI2023-11-27T10:17:34-05:00

Welcome to Southeast Indiana READI

Regional Economic Acceleration
and Development Initiative (READI)

We Want to Hear From You 

We want your collaboration with SEI READI’s Regional vision for READI 2.0. Please fill out the survey that aligns with your needs and experiences. You’re welcome to fill out one or all survey questionnaires.

Request for Project Information

SEI READI Inc. is in the process of preparing a Regional Growth and Development Strategy for the six county region that includes Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland and Union Counties. This Regional Growth and Development Strategy will be used to apply for a competitive grant and/or loan commitment offered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)as a part of the READI 2.0 program.

How will we use the information: The project information collected during this ‘Request for Project Information’ will be used to estimate and set target goals for the SEI Region’s READI 2.0 investment.

What will we not do with the information: We will not be including detailed information on proposed projects in the submitted Strategy. We also will not limit the project identification process to only this Request for Project Information.

For more information on the READI 2.0 initiative, including a Policy Overview and Application Guidance, please visit


To prepare for the Request for Project Information, SEI READI Inc. is providing this informational sheet to help individuals and entities with project ideas to begin gathering baseline information and materials. Project activities are limited to capital projects or infrastructure improvements.

Additionally, the project must advance one of the following regional goals:

  • Housing and Neighborhoods:

We will increase the total number of housing units throughout the region and ensure that units are available at attainable price points based on regional incomes and annual wage earnings.

  • Tourism, Recreation, and Lifestyle:

We will reinforce the region’s competitive advantage as an outdoor destination, through the development and enhancement of recreational features, residential amenities, and supporting quality-of-life programs.

  • Infrastructure:

We will ensure that the region’s infrastructure systems meet the needs of our current and future residents and businesses.

  • Business Retention, Growth, and Attraction:

We will grow the local and regional economy by supporting business recruitment, expansion, and attraction efforts, to generate more high paying jobs.

  • Child care:

We will expand access to quality and affordable daycare and early education programs throughout the region.

All final project materials are due by December 22, 2023.


Timeline & Information:

Additional details on READI 2.0, including program structure, eligibility requirements, metrics, READI 2.0 goals and focus areas, application details, etc. can you be found here. Questions from the regions can also be sent to

Why SEI READI Matters

READI funds have presented us with an opportunity accelerate talent attraction by community reinvestment. Together, our regions are working toward a better future. In an unprecedented regional movement in Southeastern Indiana, cities, towns, and counties are joining forces to streamline our process in order to better secure state funding.

The Goal

We are working to achieve a better Southeast Indiana through regional collaboration. By working together, we will compete for Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI).

Used in the most effective way possible, these funds would provide an opportunity for economic growth and talent attraction. More importantly, these developments have the ability to accelerate talent retention in Indiana. We want our valued residents to call Indiana home for years to come.

Project Development


Rising and Thriving

Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, Union: SEI READI is about a collaborative group of Indiana Communities taking control of their destinies

Joining Together:
Defining Our Regional Initiative

By joining together, we aim to achieve a higher
probability of success in obtaining the greatest
allocation of state funding possible.

Who we are

We are cities, towns, and counties working as one. By joining together, we aim to achieve a higher probability of success in obtaining the greatest allocation of state funding possible. We call ourselves the affordable Cincinnati address, as our region has a small town feel with big city amenities.

Our conveniently adjacent location to Cincinnati is comprised of great schools, affordable housing, a thriving business community, with safety and a relaxed lifestyle supported in every welcoming corner of Southeast Indiana.

Who they are

READI is a funding opportunity for areas across Indiana. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has allocated $500 million in state appropriates to help support strategic investment.

In addition, the READI initiative is expected to match local and private sector investment by a ratio of 4:1.


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