The 2013 legislative session adjourned in April, but your advocacy team has been hard at work this summer working on issues that will significantly shape the economic landscape of the Indianapolis region.
So what have we been up to? Check out a few of the issues we've been working on lately.
Legislators convened on August 5 for the first meeting of the Central Indiana Transit Study Committee, where advocates, elected officials and experts in transportation testified on the pros and cons of an improved regional mass transit system. The compilation of this summer study committee is a result of stalled legislation from the 2013 session. Testimony last week from transit experts provided legislators much needed clarity on transportation funding, planning and operations.
The Central Indiana Transit Study Committee will meet again on September 10 to continue these discussions including additional details of the Indy Connect plan and updates on the current planning process. Your advocacy team at the Indy Chamber will continue to be a vocal part of this effort as the Indy Connect initiative remains targeted toward passing legislation to have a referendum on the 2014 ballot.
The Indy Chamber was approached by leaders at IPS looking for a resource to help solve their impending $30 million budget deficit. As a result, we have gathered some of Indy's most influential business leaders and experts in their field to undergo a comprehensive operational analysis of IPS operations and spending.
We began this process by facilitating small working groups made up of volunteer business leaders based on their subject matter expertise. These groups are meeting to analyze spending and saving opportunities in the areas of: operations, information technology, finance, and human resources. Following the compilation of the small group analysis, the Indy Chamber will submit a report to IPS and the community detailing recommendations for savings and efficiencies throughout the IPS system. Expect this comprehensive report to be completed by mid-November.
As Mayor Greg Ballard prepares to introduce his version of the 2014 municipal budget to the City-County Council on August 19, the Indy Chamber advocacy team alongside our Fiscal Policy committee has been vocal on fiscal issues we believe matter most to business. Low taxes, increased public safety and investment in quality infrastructure are among the top issues we feel can and should be addressed by the 2014 budget.
We will continue to monitor these and other issues and serve as a voice for our members as the budget makes its way through the City-County Council. Check here for Council committee meeting schedules and more. The final budget will be heard by the full Council on October 14.
HobNob: Economic Growth Summit
It's that time of year again...our annual HobNob event will be held September 5, at the Indiana Historical Society. With 2013 being an off election year, we are changing up the format for this year's HobNob by hosting an Economic Growth Summit. The summit will bring together national and local experts in urban planning, business and policy to discuss the future of economic growth in the Indianapolis region.
Learn more and register to attend the half day summit and evening reception today!