2016 Indiana Conference on Citizenship
Lee Hamilton's Big Idea
In 2016, Sagamore Institute hosted the second annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship, focusing on Indiana’s third century. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, had a big idea: Celebrate the state’s 200th anniversary by gathering thought leaders to set ambitious goals to achieve within the next 50 years. In response, Sue Ellspermann in her capacity as Indiana Lieutenant Governor led the Bicentennial Visioning Project.
The Bicentennial Visioning Project
“As co-chair of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, I was impressed by the number and variety of activities being sponsored by communities and organizations throughout our state to mark this milestone in our history. Most of these appropriately focus on our past.
“It seemed to me that a great opportunity would have been lost had the Bicentennial celebration been used only as a time to think of years gone by. Part of our celebration ought to look forward, thinking about how in the coming years we can make a good state even better. We, the Indiana Bicentennial Commission members, wanted to unleash the best minds in the state to think, even to dream, about the potential for Indiana.
“This report encompasses that look into the future. I am excited about what I read in this report. It exceeds my expectations. It bursts with good ideas for our state. I am impressed not only with the quality and scope of the recommendations, but also with their specificity.
“As I reflect on these pages, my hope is that Hoosiers will learn from, and possibly champion, some of these recommendations, and strive to implement them in our state’s third century.”