Talent 2025: Greater Evansville Talent Initiative

What is Talent 2025?

Talent 2025 is a region-wide, multi-sector collaborative effort that aspires to make the greater Evansville region the talent and economic region of choice in the Mid-west. To achieve this aspiration, Talent 2025 outlines a multi-sector collaborative approach and long-term strategy to systematically address the region’s top issues so that we can accelerate our growth and development. The Talent 2025 Initiative includes five work streams – each with its own objective, strategies, and action teams. The five work streams are:

  • Employment & Wage Growth – The focus of this stream is to increase employment, with an emphasis on high-wage strategic sectors with a goal of increasing employment growth by 5,000 people and average annual wages to $55,042 by 2025
  • Population Growth – The focus of this stream is to increase the total population of the region with an emphasis on early-career talent. The goal by 2025 is to move the region’s average annual population growth rate from .0% to +.35% while increasing the percentage of our population in the 20 to 34-year-old age group to 20.5%
  • Health Index – The focus of this stream is to improve the overall health status of the region’s population by advancing policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that will impact the social determinants of health. The goal by 2025 is to move the Evansville MSA Health Index, as supported by the County Health Rankings, from -0.2 to +0.1 (0.3 increase).
  • Educational Attainment* – The focus of this stream is to increase the number of high school students graduating on time and the number of post-secondary credentials through meaningful connections between students and employers throughout the educational spectrum. The goal by 2025 is to raise the High School graduation rate to 88% (from 84.6%) and our 4 year + degree population to 25% (from 23.2%).
  • Poverty Level* – The focus of this stream is to reduce the number of individuals within the region who lack sufficient income with focus in three priority areas: income security, economic mobility, and social inclusion. The goal of this work stream is, by 2025, achieve 13.8% of poverty (from 14.8%) or move 2,100 individuals out of poverty, by creating a trajectory leading to career and community stability and sufficiency

* It is anticipated that the Educational Attainment and Poverty Level work stream strategies will be advanced through a Collective Impact approach (see below).


Advancing Regional Collective Impact – You can help!

You’re Invited to Participate in Collective Impact Training

DATES: September 23 or September 24th (RSVP!)

LOCATION: Virtual – Zoom Meeting invite will send following registration

COST: Free! Welborn Baptist Foundation is offering this training at no cost.

The Welborn Baptist Foundation, in partnership with Talent 2025, will be hosting Collective Impact 101 on September 23 & 24 to advance our community’s most important initiatives.

What is Collective Impact?

Collective impact” describes an intentional way of working together and sharing information for the purpose of solving a complex problem. – Council of nonprofits

Who is conducting the training?

This Collective Impact Training is being conducted by the Tamarack Institute.  Over the past 18 years, Tamarack has worked deeply at the local, regional, state/provincial and national scales to strengthen capacity to engage across multiple sectors and bring together the wisdom of both content and context experts to foster shared action on an array of complex community issues. Learn more at tamarackcommunity.ca.

What can participants expect to learn?

In this training, attendees will be introduced to the following 5 interconnected Community Change Practices:

  • Collective Impact: How can we mobilize collaboration across sectors for systems change?
  • Community Engagement: How can we engage residents to create and realize bold visions for the future?
  • Collaborative Leadership: How can we bring the right people together in constructive ways?
  • Community Innovation: How can we create, test, and scale new approaches?
  • Evaluating Impact: How can we identify and amplify what works?


The Vision of the Welborn Baptist Foundation is to cultivate communities that flourish with the well-being, abundance, and peace that God desires. Learn More