Information Technology Initiative
Muncie-Delaware County Indiana plays a growing role in developing new technology initiatives within the Information Technology (IT) industry. The county is home to various IT businesses, including software companies Ontario Systems Corporation and AccuTech Systems Corp which maintain a clear focus on building a strong information technology workforce. Fortune 500 companies Concentrix and Navient employ over 1,200 people.
Indiana’s Telecommunication Reform Act has led to massive investments in broadband and fiber optic networks across the state. Indiana’s fiber optic network is among the best in the nation.
Indiana has a state tax exemption on partial income derived from federal patents for new technology or processes. Under the law, qualified utility and plant patents are exempt from taxation on certain income derived from patents. Indiana also offers a state Research and Development tax credit, which provides an exemption to companies on the amount they paid in state sales taxes on research and development equipment. The credit applies to laboratory equipment, computers, computer software, telecommunications equipment or testing equipment.
Ball State University
Ball State University’s Emerging Media Initiative (EMI) is a planned $17.7 million investment focusing the university’s historic strengths in this area, accelerating benefits to the state of Indiana with media-savvy human capital. Our students have access to innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities in emerging media across the curriculum. The university’s growing emphasis on new ideas, technology transfer, and commercialization provide the support faculty need to bring their ideas to market.
TechPoint is Indiana’s only statewide technology trade group, representing approximately 400 corporate members, including publicly-traded companies, private businesses, colleges and research universities, and local economic development organizations. The group works to transform Indiana into a recognized technology leader by developing relevant policy, catalyzing change, and measuring the state’s progress.