KOKOMO, Ind. – Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris to serve on the Indiana Automotive Council (IAC) – a newly formed group of automotive experts to enhance, grow, and promote the automotive industry in Indiana.
This group met for the first time on Wednesday, August 31, to begin discussions on specific action items including how to strengthen the competitiveness of the state in the global automotive marketplace. The ultimate goal is to stimulate long-term job creation and capital investment and to make Indiana known as the automotive state of tomorrow.
“Indiana University Kokomo is an essential partner in the success of Indiana’s economy,” Gov. Daniels said in a letter to Harris. “Hoosiers need an industry-led initiative, in partnership with government and universities like Indiana University.”
The IAC is a collaboration between industry, government, and higher education – a concept also know as the “Triple Helix”, which Harris introduced at a regional mayors summit held on campus on July 6 and during his testimony to the legislative study committee on higher education and economic development.
Other businesses and industries represented on the IAC include Allison Transmission Inc., Chrysler Group LLC, Cummins Inc., Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and Delphi Electronics and Safety.
The IAC plans to meet again within the next four to six weeks.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.