History and the Recession
EmployIndy was formed in 1983 as a result of the federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), and was charged with directly delivering workforce services to Marion County residents. After five years of delivering a wide range of services to job seekers, EmployIndy’s leaders created the Indianapolis Network for Employment and Training as an umbrella marketing entity to signal the integration of workforce development services.
In 1995, EmployIndy changed the company’s focus from workforce services to community-based organizations. These organizations were tasked with administering different employment services through connecting with specific neighborhoods, thus altering EmployIndy’s position in Marion County to focus on strategically altering workforce issues.
As the economy shifted during the Great Recession in 2009, so did the mission of EmployIndy. A new Business Partnerships team was developed to implement sector-specific strategies tailored to unique demands of a diverse group of individuals – from those who were struggling to find work because of their lack of skill to those who had further education and years of workforce experience. This was the first step in reformatting the workforce of Indianapolis through creating a demand-driven approach and increasing a focus on individuals within the community.
In June 2016, Mayor Hogsett announced a vision focusing on quality of life and meeting people where they are in several targeted areas of Indianapolis. These areas were chosen based on where there were the highest amounts of crime, unemployment, and poverty levels.