Regional Council

We make connections that create economic growth in Indiana

Indiana University has a vast repertoire of intellectual and creative assets in all parts of the state. Connecting these assets with strategic opportunities to foster economic growth requires coordinated engagement across all IU campuses. The IU Council for Regional Engagement and Economic Development (CREED) facilitates this coordination.

CREED addresses regional economic concerns and identifies ways that IU can use its resources to advance economic development efforts in the state. CREED is responsible for reviewing applications for Regional Economic Development (RED) Fund grants and for awarding them to qualifying IU entities across the state.

What is the RED Fund?

IU campus entities sponsoring a program or event with the potential to directly enhance the region’s economic vitality are eligible to submit a RED Fund proposal. The RED Fund provides a unique means to enhance the connectivity and support of IU resources engaged to build capacity and advance economic development across Indiana’s regions.

Contact your CREED representative

Each IU campus has a CREED representative, appointed by the campus’s chancellor or provost. For more information about applying for a RED Fund grant, contact the CREED representative near you.

  • IU Bloomington

    Kirk White
    Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships


    Amy Conrad Warner
    Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement

    301 University Blvd, Suite 4008
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    • 317-274-7400
  • IU East

    Robert Mulligan
    Dean, School of Business and Economics

    2325 Chester Boulevard, Hayes Hall 275
    Richmond, IN 47374
    • 765-973-8337
  • IPFW

    Sean Ryan
    Director, IPFW Office of Engagement

    200 East Main St. Suite 910
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    • 260-481-0286
  • IU Kokomo

    Cathy Valcke
    Director of External Relations and Public Affairs, Office of the Chancellor

    2300 S. Washington Street
    Kokomo, IN 46902
    • 765-455-9226
  • IU Northwest

    Subir Bandyopadhyay
    Professor, Department of Marketing

    3400 Broadway Street, Dunes 1116
    Gary, IN 46408
    • 219-980-6900
  • IU South Bend

    Rick Kolbe
    Dean, School of Business and Economics

    1700 Mishawaka Avenue
    South Bend, IN 46634
    • 574-520-4228
  • IU Southeast

    Uric Dufrene
    Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

    4201 Grant Line Road
    New Albany, IN 47150
    • 812-941-2208
  • IUPU Columbus

    Melissa C. Fairbanks
    Director, Center for Business and Economic Development (CBED)

    4601 Central Avenue, CC171
    Columbus, IN 47203
    • 812-348-7354
  • Evansville

    To be announced

  • CREED Council Administration
    • Chair: Bill Stephan
    • Vice chair: David Gard
    • Office of the Vice President for Engagement representatives:
      • Tony Armstrong
      • Rebecca Carl
      • Kirk White