With billions of dollars of investment in place or under construction, a long talked-about health and life sciences hub is taking shape in downtown Indianapolis. And the new chief executive officer of the 16 Tech Innovation District believes the 50-acre development on the near northwest side of Indy can be a spark for much more. “We’re right at the center of it,” said Emily Krueger, who succeeded Bob Coy as CEO of 16 Tech in June. “We’ve got a concentration of research, university and industry assets and 16 Tech is really the place where all of that can come together.”
Krueger talked about her vision for 16 Tech on this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
After planning and construction that spanned four mayoral administrations, 16 Tech opened in August of 2020. The $500 million development is a mix of office, research and innovation space viewed as key to attracting and keeping top scientific talent and workers in advanced industries to Indianapolis.
In a matter of weeks, phase two of the project begins with groundbreaking for a signature bridge that will span Fall Creek at West 10th Street and Riley Hospital Drive and connect 16 Tech to the IUPUI campus, IU Medical Center and downtown Indy.
“This a really important physical connection to downtown and it’s one that we are excited about because it will enhance the flow of people that go back and forth between 16 Tech and downtown,” said Krueger.