What is eco 15?

In 2007, the Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015 initiative, also known as EcO15, was formed to create an aligned learning system for residents of a ten-county region in rural Southeast Indiana. The learning system was intended to develop over time, and connect to well-paying economic opportunities of the region's employers, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. EcO15 also sought to develop collaborative leadership among education, business, and community leaders (including community foundations). EcO15 was made possible because of a significant grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., granted to Heritage Fund, the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, and to the Community Education Coalition of Columbus, Indiana (CEC) - which continues to serve as the backbone support organization.

Nearly ten years later, EcO15, now known as the EcO Network, has forged deep relationships among the education, community, and business stakeholders of the region. A very strong foundation has been laid for cross-sector collaboration and the improvement of educational outcomes.

The document connected to this link provides an update on the current state of the EcO Network of Southeast Indiana. This document is intended to provide an example of the evolution of a regional collaborative, formed over nearly ten years, as it has evolved from ten county-based initiatives in the region to a “talent ecosystem” model for cross-county, regional collaboration.

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