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"Observing the Indiana Bicentennial is a time to celebrate our history and all of the past contributions that have made us the state and the people that we are today. However, I believe that we miss an opportunity as we focus on our state if we do not also look ahead to our future. I see this Visioning Project as a way to capture the best ideas for Indiana's future from today's big thinkers across a wide range of economic, social and cultural issues."
Former Congressman Lee Hamilton
The Bicentennial Visioning Project is an endorsed project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission engaging more than 100 Hoosier thought leaders and experts to offer their “big ideas” for Indiana’s future.
Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Promote the nobility of agriculture; provide best access to healthy foods; develop regional economic hubs; develop and maintain talent; make Indiana a center of agricultural innovation.
Arts, Leisure and Culture
Double the size of the state park system; link urban and rural areas; integrate arts into schools; add beauty to construction projects; become the most civically involved state.
Business, Industry, and Economy
Encourage educational improvements and attract talent and investment; extensively upgrade infrastructure; stimulate business creation; make government more efficient and effective; market
Indiana hospitality to the world and encourage international investment.
Develop a children’s bill of rights; place additional counselors in schools; give a universal passport to every child; create maps of services available to families and children.
Civic Engagement and Philanthropy
Increase Hoosier net worth; harness philanthropic energy; enhance voter participation; instill an education culture; support mental health.
Education and Career Development
Make college more affordable; better connect education and training; teach students through experiences; prepare students to interact in the global community; make high-quality kindergarten available to all Hoosier children.
Environment and Conservation
Expand habitat corridors; start an environmental jobs program; integrate environmental education into school curricula; create a permanent funding stream for conservation; improve water quality.
Governance and Infrastructure
Build a cultural heritage; leap to the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology; end gerrymandering; encourage healthy habits; streamline government.
Health and Welfare
Transform medical training; compensate healthcare workers for keeping patients healthy; create a new class of healthcare worker; allow patients to view and manage their data; plan more thoroughly for end of life.
Public Safety and Homeland Security
Prevent crises with “big data”; merge public safety services into regions; match the response to the offender and the offense.
Create structures to support interfaith dialogue; build bridges of understanding; advance religious literacy and values.