USI Partnership

The University of Southern Indiana, (USI) played a key role in the formation of the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, (GAGE) and has since become the higher education partner of the organization, helping improve the entrepreneurial and economic development culture of the region. USI does this by providing educational programming, access to university resources, and economic development tools.

In addition to two classrooms and a computer lab, USI has constructed a new state-of-the-art Innovation Space and Idea lab at Innovation Pointe which have been made available, with facilitation services, to regional businesses and boards for strategic activities. Technology offered includes LCD projectors, large screens, interactive white board, sound system and microphones. USI provides support services for events held within USI Innovation Lab and classrooms at Innovation Pointe, including receptionist, word processing, and photocopying. Innovation Lab includes a catering kitchen, for use in serving refreshments. The downtown has several coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance.

Gene Recker is USI’s manager of education and entrepreneurial support. Based at Innovation Pointe, Gene is responsible for maintaining the relationship between USI and the Growth Alliance, for ensuring that Innovation Pointe clients have access to university resources, and for the on-site delivery of university programs. He can be reached at or (812) 492-4394.

USI Center for Applied Research and Economic Development

USI College of Business