Indianapolis-based TechPoint will recognize the city of Bloomington with a Rising Tech City Award during the 22nd annual Mira Awards gala on April 22. The nonprofit growth accelerator for the state’s tech sector says the awards are being held virtually again this year due to the pandemic.

The Mira Awards celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year. The nonprofit says the Rising Tech City award honors a city, town, region or community within the state of Indiana and celebrates the projects and the people behind them who have championed the location’s advancement and tech friendliness.

“The steps Bloomington began taking in 2005 by establishing its Trades District Certified Tech Park hit a tipping point in 2020 during the nation’s moment of economic crisis,” said Mike Langellier, president of TechPoint. “Instead of shrinking away from new projects, Bloomington’s tech partners rededicated themselves to the South Central Indiana region and its established initiatives, launched critically important new ones, and worked to support the businesses that make it such an exciting time for tech in Bloomington.”

While economies were contracting worldwide due to the pandemic, the nonprofit says Bloomington’s economic development partners continued to invest in tech community building and attracting funding sources for driving new economic activity.

In 2020, city officials announced plans for and broke ground on several new capital investment developments in the Trades District including the EDA application for the Trades District Technology Center, the Trades District parking garage, and new office and commercial building space next door to The Mill spearheaded by the Kiln Collective.

Previous winners of the award include the city of Fishers and the Fort Ben Tech Campus and city of Lawrence.