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INDIANAPOLIS–Indianapolis wants you, if you have tech ability and talent, and to get you and keep you, the 16 Tech Community Corporation is willing to shell out millions of dollars. They’re investing in an area north of downtown Indy, and are building a bridge to link the area to IUPUI and the Riverside neighborhood.

“The bridge is really much more than a physical structure for 16 Tech. It does provide the connectivity to the anchor institutions,” said Emily Krueger, COO of 16 Tech, talking to Inside Indiana Business. “It really symbolizes the connectivity, too, between people and ideas that are at the heart of the mission of the 16 Tech Innovation District.”

The bridge will cost about $14.5 million, and Krueger said the company is now looking for ideas from teams all over the world to design the bridge, which will span Fall Creek.

“At the heart of 16 Tech is a placemaking strategy that’s intended to attract talent,” said Krueger.  “That includes the public open spaces like Central Green that will be at the heart of the district, the walking and biking trails that will connect with the Cultural Trail and others in Indianapolis and, of course, people want to know where they are going to eat and drink.”

She said that announcements about restaurants and other tenants for the 50-acre site will be coming soon.

Work has also begun on “adaptive reuse” of the former Indianapolis Water Company building into an innovation hub that will include co-working and maker space, flexible office space and an artisan market with food and entertainment options.