Friday, January 22, 2010


Dear EcO15 Supporters:

First of all...thank you for your support over 2009 for the EcO15 Initiative. I hope you all have a healthy, prosperous and enriching New Year. 2009 was an eventful one of the EcO15 Initiative. It not only has gotten state-wide attention, but many areas of our nation are starting to take notice of the Initiative's efforts to promote "career pathway development" within our k - 12 education system. They are very interested in the transformation in our middle and high schools with respect to "project-based" learning environments.

The attachment is of our most recent quarterly newsletter of the EcO15 Initiative in Dearborn County. I attempt to keep the newsletter brief and encourage you to check-out some of the web sites noted in the letter. [NEWSLETTER UNABLE TO LINK TO BLOG but the Dec. newsletter soon can be found on ]

The next quarterly newsletter should reflect some very exciting initiatives that have been created by the EcO15 Initiative for the region. An important one is an IT Study to assess our technology infrastructure and create a strategic plan to to promote a "true", affordable, and reliable broadband service for our county and the region. This is a BIG step in promoting community, quality of life and economic development concerns. It will have an enormous impact on our "life-long" educational capabilities, retail and commercial business capacity and the enhancing various services being distributed to all residents of Dearborn County. Watch for more news.

Another is the creation of an East Indiana - Area Health Education Center (EI-AHEC) for promoting awareness and recruiting for career-minded individuals in the growing healthcare industry. Again, watch for developments and initiatives related to helping our local workforce make the transition to highly skilled and high paying careers in these 21st century industries.

Mark J. Neff
Dearborn County EcO15 Coordinator
Dearborn Community Foundation
322 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

(812) 539-4115 Foundation Office
(812) 539-4119 Fax
(812) 584-7629 Cell Phone

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