Two economic development organizations in southern Indiana are joining forces. Radius Indiana has announced it will assume the functions of the Southern Indiana Business Alliance. Radius Chief Executive Officer Becky Skillman says a major focus of the move is to strengthen promotion of Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center and the state's defense sector. August 6, 2014

News Release

BEDFORD, Ind. – Becky Skillman announces that Radius Indiana will be assuming the functions of the Southern Indiana Business Alliance (SIBA). SIBA's individual members have long been champions of Crane, and stalwart proponents for strengthening and growing the defense and national security industry in Indiana. SIBA has worked to educate the state of Indiana, Congressional leaders and Pentagon officials on the value and contribution of NSA Crane to our National Defense. SIBA has long taken the lead on many initiatives surrounding the defense sector in Indiana, and was particularly instrumental in providing resources and community support during the 2005 U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure.

Radius Indiana serves as the official point of contact for NSA Crane outside the gates. Radius assists business leaders and defense and national security industries with the resources and relationships needed to ensure success.

“I am pleased that the Southern Indiana Business Alliance initiatives will continue to live on and thrive under the leadership of Radius Indiana and Becky Skillman,” said Nyle Riegle, President of SIBA. “SIBA looks forward to working with Radius Indiana throughout the transition to help fully realize the potential Crane offers to the region, state and nation.”

Becky Skillman commented, “This move represents the building of a stronger, more unified voice as we move forward to help strengthen and grow NSA Crane and the national security and defense industries in Indiana. The SIBA membership will remain engaged in a meaningful way, continuing to make significant ongoing contributions to the future of this region.”

Radius Indiana will continue it's efforts to help promote and grow NSA Crane, as well as it's communications responsibilities pertinent to NSA Crane, as it relates to defense and national security.


Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana is a regional partnership representing eight counties in south central Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange and Washington. The partnership also serves as a primary point of contact in Indiana for the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. The partnership's mission is to advance the economy of the South Central Indiana Region by: generating high-quality employment opportunities; diversifying the region's economic base; and raising the standard of living for residents of the Region. To accomplish the mission of Radius Indiana, the partnership works diligently to develop and support the customized resources businesses need to successfully locate or expand in the South Central Indiana Region. The vision of Radius Indiana is to create a dynamic network of private and public partnerships that works together for the benefit of all. For more information, please visit

Source: Radius Indiana

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