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Public-private partnerships help Indianapolis thrive.

When most people think about public-private partnerships, they think of the business community and government. In Indianapolis and Indiana, we go one step further. The 3 P’s here means bringing together the business, government, and philanthropic communities in an organized manner to address big challenges and leverage exciting opportunities.

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The Indianapolis International Airport (IND) was named the #1 airport in North America by the International Council of Airports, and passengers continue to rank it #1 year after year. 

Indiana universities have shown that when the higher education and private sectors partner together it is easy to change curriculums to ensure students are gaining the skills needed for employment.

Indianapolis provides access to state and local leadership and innovation assets. This creates an unmatched testbed for innovation.

Our public-private partnerships allow the Indianapolis region to move the needle on big projects.

Graphic showcasing Indianapolis' public-private partnership structure

We’re tackling education reform, opioid addiction, homeless needs, job training, place making, environmental remediation, and public transportation. These best-in-class partnerships demonstrate our commitment to embrace bold ideas and deliver remarkable results.

Don’t just take our word for it. Bruce Katz wrote an entire chapter about it in his newest book The New Localism, “Indianapolis is the leading U.S. example today of networked governance.... Citizens and corporate and civic leaders across the city conduct a vast majority of what could be broadly called ‘policy making’ at the local level outside of city hall. The most successful cities are those that can coordinate and collaborate, aligning those individual decisions in the service of a shared vision.”

Learn about a few of Indy's transformational projects.


NFL stadium

Indianapolis built an NFL stadium before it had a team. We wanted the team and took a bold move to make it happen. We even built another stadium 25 years later to secure hosting the City’s first Super Bowl.

Circle Centre Mall

Twenty-five private sector companies invested to build Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis in the early 1990s. They were told they would probably lose money on their investments, but it would help the community tremendously — so they did it!

The Fieldhouse

Twenty-one of those companies also invested in a new basketball arena for the Indiana Pacers. This is just one more example of how we invest in ourselves by partnering with community stakeholders.

Unigov helps us get things done in bi-partisan ways.


Indiana State Capitol Building

The groundwork was put in place nearly 50 years ago. It’s called Unigov. In 1968, the City of Indianapolis asked the state legislature for approval to consolidate city and county government (Unigov) to create a more efficient and cost effective way to deliver government services at a high quality level. The Unigov model has been copied by several locations in the U.S. since Indiana took this groundbreaking step forward. This form of government structure allows Indianapolis to rally the community and take on major projects, and has positioned mayors from both political parties for success over the past five decades.

This constant bi-partisan approach to leverage great opportunities continues to serve Indianapolis well.

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