Establishing Fishers as a Tech Hub
In 2011, Scott co-founded Launch Fishers, an entrepreneurial co-working space for members to plan, develop and launch businesses and products. Now, Launch Fishers has been home to more than 625 companies, including many successful technology and innovation companies. As the entrepreneurial energy in Fishers continued to build, Scott and Launch co-founder John Wechsler opened the state’s first Internet of Things (IoT) Lab in 2018. The IoT Lab is already an established hub for innovation in the agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and logistics sectors.
Addressing Mental Health
Prior to taking office in 2015, Scott recognized the need for a coordinated strategy to address mental health issues facing community residents. One of his highest priorities has been developing and executing a city mental health initiative partnering with schools, health care providers, other community organizations and leaders. Collaboration has been key in promoting a #StigmaFreeFishers to remove the stigma around mental health issues, raise awareness and aim to prevent suicide. As a result of these efforts, more Fishers residents are getting the mental health care they need and students impacted by mental illness are getting treatment, increasing their test scores and reducing behavioral incidents.
In 2018, the Fishers Fire Department began deploying a mental health-trained EMS officer for every mental health distress emergency call in the city. If a patient is admitted to the hospital, EMS officers conduct follow up appointments to ensure safety plans and preventative measures are in place to improve the health and safety of residents.