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From the Desk of Don Schulte...


The slow pace of winter is about to be a distant memory. We are springing forward into a season of activity, and it will all start at the end of March with two signature events for the defense industry and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane.


First, businesses large and small will descend on the French Lick Resort on March 31st for the annual Buy Indiana Expo.  Sponsored by NSWC Crane and the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce, this year's event will continue the 17-year tradition of connecting industry with government. There are opportunities for business development through small contracts (less than $25,000) and bankcard purchases of $3,000 or less, not to mention the networking potential.  Read more about the expo from Inside Indiana Business here.


The next day, NSWC Crane will host its Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry, here at the WestGate@Crane Technology Park.  The WestGate Academy will welcome industry and academia to hear from Crane leaders about contracting, technical requirements, and tips on doing business with NSWC Crane.


These two days offer something for everyone, from small-scale purchasing to large-scale contracting opportunities.  They bring together the entire defense industry and provide incredible access to key contacts both inside and outside the gates of Crane. 


I hope you are also considering participation in the upcoming United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Technical Experimentation (TE) at Muscatatuck Urban Warfare Center. I hope to see a solid representation of companies from South Central Indiana there. This is an opportunity for companies to present new technology and projects and receive valuable feedback that could lead to future contracting opportunities. Learn more at the USSOCOM website.


Clearly, we have a lot to prepare for and look forward to.  I hope you will plan to participate and take full advantage of these unique opportunities. 


Don Schulte
Executive Director
WestGate@Crane Technology Park

Greene County Health WestGate
WestGate Location Offers Complete Range of Health Services



The WestGate@Crane Technology Park offers a growing range of amenities that support business development and a high quality of life for tenants and employees.  That is due to the increasing activity and investment from park tenants, like Greene County Health. The WestGate location of this full-service clinic is one of seven throughout the county. Patients have access to a growing network of 14 providers ranging from pediatrics and family practice to social work,


"Over the past six months, the clinic has grown hugely. The expansion to seven locations, including WestGate, has given communities greater access to high quality health care without the worry of a long drive," said Mark Fritz, Greene County Health Clinics Practice Manager. "For small cities and towns, it is a huge quality of life issue to have high-quality health care just minutes from home and work."  Read more.


Team Crane Science and Engineering Fair
Needed: Student Entries and Adult Volunteers

The 31st Annual Team Crane Science Fair is currently accepting entries for its 2015 contest, with cash prizes for winners. The Fair will be held at the WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center on April 22nd, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.


The deadline to enter is Thursday, April 2, 2015. Entries can be completed online and additional information found at the WestGate@Crane Technology Park website.

NSWC Crane Nominated for TechPoint's Mira Awards
After School STEM Program Brings Statewide Spotlight to Crane Region

Congratulations to Tina Closser and the Crane Tech STEM program. Tina has been nominated for a TechPoint Mira Award in the Tech Educator of the Year category.  

One hundred  companies, schools, and startups, and 10 individuals were selecte d by independent judging panels as the 2015 class of Mira Award Nominees.  Winners will be announced during a masquerade-themed, black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, May 2, at the JW Marriott.

Learn more and order tickets at

WestGate Weddings Now Live on 
Premier Wedding Planning Site Now Features WestGate Academy

The WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center is now featured on as a wedding venue.  With many successful bridal events in the books, our marketing mavens decided it was time to target the bridal market and bring this spacious, state-of-the-art facility to a new platform.   

Conferences, training, business incubators, weddings, galas and events of all sizes and styles have given life to this beautiful building, and we are quickly filling our calendar for the coming months.  We hope you will be part of the Academy's ongoing success by referring the facility to your friends and colleagues or reserving space yourself for your next big event.


Battery Innovation Center Welcomes New CEO
Former EnderDel CEO, David Roberts, to Lead BIC


Friends, members, and allies of the BIC,

The passing of our previous President and CEO, Chuck LaSota, was very hard on us all; however,we are continuing on with the mission and pushing forward in our efforts to promote innovation to the battery and alternative energy sectors. Along this line, we would like to welcome our latest additions to the company, David Roberts (President) and Ben Wrightsman (Chief Operations Officer/Chief Engineer). Read more.

Upcoming Events at the WestGate Academy

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