A problem plaguing East Central Indiana today, is the retention of it’s educated talent base. The trend is for graduates to move on to larger urban areas such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Chicago. ECI is not unique to this phenomenon, as the trend over the last several decades has created a population boom in metropolitan areas all over the US. Initiatives such as Innovation Connector, and Forge Your Path, have been established to create opportunity in the area to address the issue. Now, there is a new “push” in the endeavor, the Xtern program.