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September 4, 2015

2015 Marion County Benchmark Survey

In August 2015, the Indy Chamber and the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS® (MIBOR) partnered to conduct a general information poll of likely Marion County voters in an effort to gather input on issues impacting Indianapolis. The results of the survey were announced at the 2015 HobNob Candidate Forum on September 3 and helped drive debate during the event’s Mayoral Forum between Democrat candidate Joe Hogsett and Republican candidate Chuck Brewer.

To see the full presentation of survey results as presented at the HobNob Candidate Forum, click here.

August 18, 2015

Central Indiana Regional Development Plan

The newly-organized Central Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) will submit projects for funding consideration by Indiana's Regional Cities Initiative. During its first meeting on August 18, the Indy RDA endorsed the Red Line rapid transit route, the 16 Tech innovation district, and accelerated expansion of the region's trail and bikeway network as transformative investments in livability and economic growth.

Regional Cities challenges Indiana's metropolitan areas to enhance their quality of life appeal to skilled workers and talent-focused employers, to reverse the state's declining workforce trends. The Indianapolis region accounts for 70 percent of the state's recent population gains, but faces major hurdles to continued growth.

To view the full Regional Development Plan, click here.

June 3, 2015

IPS Operational Analysis Status Report

Just over a year since releasing the Indy Chamber’s comprehensive IPS Operations Analysis, the team at Indianapolis Public Schools has made progress in streamlining many of its functions in an effort to realize savings in various operations. As a result, we have teamed up with IPS to provide you a brief status report, highlighting the progress which has been made thus far in implementing the recommendations set forth in the original analysis.

To view the status report, please click here.

To view the original IPS Operational Analysis, please click here.

February 20, 2015

CALL TO ACTION: REGIONAL CITIES INITIATIVE

Restore the full funding for the Regional Cities Initiative. The numbers are clear that our metropolitan areas are driving the Indiana economy forward. The Indy Chamber gladly supports the Indiana Economic Development Commission’s (IEDC) proposed Regional Cities Initiative in HB 1403 to strategically invest in regional quality of life efforts. The Governor’s Budget asks for an $84 million appropriation for this innovative plan to attract jobs and talent to Indiana.

The Indy Chamber was extremely disappointed this week to learn that the proposed funding was slashed to 1/8th of needed resources. We ask that members of the House of Representatives restore the original funding proposed in the Governor’s Budget so that we can grow our state’s economic drivers.

Email your Representative  and tell him/her to invest in our regional economies!

April 21, 2014

Water Study

In 2010, the Indy Chamber lead a study of the region’s water supply. Recognizing that population growth, variable weather conditions, and water-quality degradation in central Indiana require skilled management of our regional resources, the Indy Chamber continues to closely monitor this issue today. Long-term planning based on efficient use and a regional approach to managing finite water supplies will improve the Indianapolis region’s economic opportunities, promote continued regional growth, and help secure central Indiana’s future. Take a look at the results of the 2010 study of Central Indiana’s Regional Water Supply.

2010 Water Study PDF

April 8, 2014

Ban the Box

The Indianapolis City-County Council recently passed legislation commonly referred to as Ban the Box, a measure aimed at breaking down barriers for ex-offenders re-entering the workforce by removing the checkbox that asks about criminal history on job applications. This new law applies to any vendor doing business with the City of Indianapolis and who employs 10 or more full-time employees in its workforce.

View PDF and Infographic

February 24, 2014

IPS Operational Analysis

Leaders from the Indy Chamber and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) have released the results of their IPS Operational Analysis, an in-depth review of IPS operations in areas of finance, human resources, information technology, facilities, and transportation.

To view the full report PDF, please click here

Indy Connect NOW

Based on decades of research by transportation experts, with input from the public, elected officials, and civic and business leaders, the proposed Indy Connect transit plan is the most comprehensive ever developed for Central Indiana. It is designed to connect people to people and people to places around Central Indiana. It will provide better transit options that will connect people to jobs, healthcare, education and recreation. It will increase Central Indiana's competitiveness and economic development opportunities, while improving job growth, quality of life, neighborhood revitalization and the environment. 

To learn more, please click here.