Indiana Uplands Discovery Tour

Indiana Uplands Discovery Tour


Ride along as we tour southwest central Indiana by bus, exploring all the region has to offer. We’ll meet with school leaders, local government officials and regional industry leaders over the span of two days. This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the region’s students, communities and families. The intent is to create the space for dialogue to advance our understanding of the region and to share our ideas, culture, wisdom and histories so we can positively affect learning environments, classrooms and communities.

Who should attend: IU employees whose work relates to the eleven county region and who would benefit from a better understanding of the communities, schools and industries located there.

Participation is limited to 24 tourists. Registrants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: $100 registration fee per individual

Planned Route

Day One

8:30 a.m.Depart Bloomington for WestGate Academy in Odon, Daviess County
Travel through the eastern part of Greene County, past schools and the Tulip Trestle
Speaker: Christy Langley, Hoosier Energy – Energy and coal industry in the region
10:00 a.m. Arrive at WestGate Academy to meet with Brown, Daviess, Greene, Martin, Monroe and Owen County schools
11:30 a.m.Lunch at WestGate Academy, government contractors, industry leaders, economic development, local government officials and state legislators
Presentation: Dean Lemuel Watson – Powerful Partnerships for Communities and Schools
1:00 p.m. Tour of Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center
4:00 p.m. Travel to Jasper Holiday Inn Express
Speaker: Kate Schwenk, Jasper Engines – Overview of Jasper Engines and their role in regional economic development and growth
5:00 p.m. Check in to hotel
6:00 p.m. Dinner at Huntingburg Event Center with IU SoE Alumni, local government officials, state legislators, industry leaders, economic development and education leaders
Presentation: Dean Lemuel Watson – Powerful Partnerships for Communities and Schools
9:00 p.m. Return to hotel


Day Two

8:00 a.m.Depart hotel for French Lick Resort
8:30 a.m.Breakfast at French Lick Resort
Meet with Crawford, Lawrence, Washington, Orange, and Dubois County schools
Presentation: Dean Lemuel Watson – Powerful Partnerships for Communities and Schools
10:30 a.m.Arrive at Shoals Schools for tour
11:45 a.m.Lunch at Shoals High School compliments of Culinary Arts and Ag Students
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.Travel from Shoals to West Washington Middle/High School
Speaker: Tina Peterson, CEO of Indiana Uplands and Monroe Co. Foundation – How Regionial Opportunity Initiatives has positively impacted education across the Indiana Uplands region
1:45 p.m.Arrive for tour of West Washington Middle/High School and interview students in preparation for a national competition

3:15 p.m
Travel back to Bloomington
Speaker: Alex Weathers, Integra Ag – The agriculture industry in the region