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June 22, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Down Payment on a Bright Future

It’s no surprise that Ivonne Martinez is ahead of schedule when it comes to buying her first home.  After all, the 25-year-old is already working on her second bachelor’s degree, balancing nursing school with a career as a Spanish-language medical interpreter at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital – she has…

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June 22, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Eskenazi Health’s Appetite for Local Food Builds Local Economy

During a discussion with LISC’s Bill Taft reported in our last newsletter, the longtime community development guru predicted that “Buy” would prove the most challenging of the three anchor pillars:  “When it comes to procurement, these institutions have lots of priorities,” he explained. Seth Grant, Associate Director of Culinary…

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June 22, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Bridging Divides

There’s been spirited debate recently over how infrastructure impacts the urban core – namely, the connection between projects like the North Split interchange reconstruction and neighborhood vitality.  Thoughtfully planning our highways and bridges is important; Indy’s anchor strategy is about bridging the economic divides that loom largest in urban neighborhoods…

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June 18, 2018 Joe Pellman

5th Annual Indy Civic Hack Rallies Indy’s Tech Community Against Food Insecurity

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 18, 2018) The Indy Chamber, TechPoint and Open Indy Brigade – a non-profit advocate for public data and open source technology – presented the 5th annual “Indy Civic Hack” over the weekend.  The event enlists teams of volunteers from Indy’s technology community to use public data and…

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May 18, 2018 Joe Pellman

Music Cities: Soundtrack For a Stronger Economy

Article By Michael Huber, Indy Chamber CEO Originally Appears in Inside Indiana Business Music is inextricably tied to the economies, and brands of many thriving American cities: think Nashville, Seattle, Atlanta, and Austin as examples. A closer look at Indianapolis’ music scene indicates that with effort and coordination,…

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May 11, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Stakeholder Update: Don’t Call It A Comeback…

They’ve only been gone a few weeks, after all.  But on Monday, lawmakers return to the Statehouse to vote on a handful of important measures that didn’t make it by the statutory deadline, as the legislature limped across the finish line amid verbal sparring. Speaking of running out the clock,…

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April 20, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Inclusive Growth & Industrial Cities

As the Pacers and Cavs bring their hard-fought playoff series back to Indy this weekend, the cities they represent are battling for a different kind of rebound: Indianapolis and Cleveland both ranked in the ‘Stabilizing’ category in new research from the Brookings Institution – “Renewing America’s economic promise through…

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March 27, 2018 Joe Pellman

Indy Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee Makes Primary Endorsements, Backs Corrie Meyer in SD29

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 27, 2018) – The Indy Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) announced its first round of endorsements for the 2018 election cycle today, making selections in several legislative primary contests.  Notably, the region’s largest business organization is supporting Corrie Meyer in the Republican primary in Senate District 29,…

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March 23, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Giving BAC

One of our top beliefs at the Indy Chamber is that democracy is not a spectator sport. Meaning, change doesn’t happen without your direct involvement and input. We are proud of the business leaders who contribute their time, talent, and resources to implement Indy Chamber priorities through political involvement. Serving…

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March 16, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: March Madness

Most restaurants had closed their kitchens by the time the General Assembly wrapped early Thursday morning – but with all the beef being served up at the Statehouse, it didn’t seem to matter.  The 2018 short session was just a little too short for several bills, triggering lots of…

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