Emily C. Krueger, former vice president of administration for Indianapolis-based LDI, Ltd., has been named chief operating officer for 16 Tech Community Corporation where she will help lead the development of 16 Tech, a 60-acre innovation community on the near west side of Indianapolis.
In her new position, Krueger will support 16 Tech Community Corporation President and CEO Bob Coy in creating an innovation community for scientific research, technology innovation, entrepreneurial activity and talent attraction with a focus on startups and corporations in the bioscience, tech and advanced engineering sectors.
“As an executive team member at LDI, Emily gained great insight into what it takes to grow and support companies in a variety of industries and stages of development,” said Coy. One of Indiana’s largest private companies, LDI funds, owns and operates a diverse portfolio of middle-market companies, which have combined revenues of more than $1.2 billion and employ 1,500 people globally. “That experience will be invaluable as we build a culture and architecture to support our partners and tenants,” Coy added.
16 Tech is Indianapolis’ signature place for both showcasing and energizing a new, metropolitan-based 21st century economy. Designed as a dense, open community, 16 Tech will bring talent together to collaborate, share resources and catalyze knowledge toward innovation. The 16 Tech development will include flexible research and innovation space, compelling public spaces for events and programming, a mix of housing opportunities and retail and office space for entrepreneurs and established companies. In addition, as an economic anchor in the community, 16 Tech will set an example of access, opportunity, education and partnership with the surrounding neighborhoods through ongoing programming, job training and career opportunities.
The 16 Tech Community Corporation, the operating entity of the innovation community, announced in March 2018 a $38 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.. The grant supports the initial development phase and several placemaking cornerstone projects for 16 Tech, including a central green, gateway bridge spanning Fall Creek and public art. 16 Tech also announced the first developer agreement with Indianapolis-based Browning for the first four buildings, officially setting in motion the transformation of the first 30 acres of a 60-acre area.
“I am excited to be part of a transformative project for Indianapolis,” Krueger said. “So many people have contributed to the vision of 16 Tech – from city and state officials to community leaders, local philanthropic organizations and nearby residents. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be a facilitator in the process of bringing these ideas to life.”
Krueger, a native Hoosier, spent her earlier career working for former U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar in a variety of Capitol Hill and campaign positions. In 2013, she joined LDI as chief of staff and was named vice president of administration in 2015. As a member of LDI’s executive leadership team, Krueger reported to the CEO and was part of the corporate development team responsible for evaluating acquisition opportunities. She had broad responsibilities for human resources programs, corporate governance and marketing/communications and led a variety of projects across the portfolio of companies.
Krueger is an active community leader, lending her fundraising and communications expertise to a number of local nonprofit organizations focused on health and education. She is past Board Chair of Timmy Global Health, a nonprofit provider of primary care services as well as health and development programs in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala and Nigeria. She also serves on committees for Christel House International and The Mind Trust. Krueger is a graduate of Valparaiso University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she earned her MBA.
About 16 Tech
16 Tech is an innovation community and one of the largest talent attraction, retention and development opportunities in Indianapolis’s history. Located on the near west side of Indianapolis, 16 Tech is a dense, open community that will bring talent together to collaborate toward innovation. The innovation community is guided by a 13-member board of directors who bring deep community leadership and diverse business experience to the board. More information can be found at www.16tech.com.