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February 26, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Full-Court Press

We’re three weeks away from March Madness descending on Indianapolis, but we’re more than ready for a timeout at the Statehouse: This week offers a few days off after third reading deadlines, when legislation has to be voted out of one chamber to survive and start the process again in…

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February 19, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Things Done Changed

We led off with Biggie Smalls last week, but we’ll do it again in a more positive light today: We mentioned last week the game-changing letter from Indianapolis corporate leaders speaking out against legislative proposals that would “stifle local priorities” – transit, housing, public safety and other issues…

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February 11, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Indy Chamber Local Solutions CEO Sign On Letter

It’s been said that “Decisions are made by those who show up.” As Indianapolis business leaders, we are obliged to show up for equity and inclusion, against policies that make it more difficult for our employees, customers, colleagues and neighbors to show up, speak out, and support our city’s…

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February 5, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

Weird Flex But OK

We’ll kick off this week with a bill that wasn’t initially on our radar: SB392 passed the Senate Local Government Committee and was recommitted to Appropriations. As amended, it allows ‘excluded cities’ within Marion County (like Lawrence, Speedway and Beech Grove) and townships to review and approve all…

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January 29, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

You Know How We Do It

There’s never a bad time for Ice Cube, but the reference hit a little different this week. It may sound like sloganeering, but we believe Indianapolis does big things by working together: Transforming ‘Indy-a-no-place’ into a world-class city. Regionalizing economic development and accelerating our evolution from the buckle of the…

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January 22, 2021 Emily Krawzak

Pause

Can this legislative session get any more surreal? We’re dealing with socially-distanced committee hearings, the House taking over a bigger space with a smaller schedule (one day a week as a full body), at least a dozen other ways COVID has changed the legislative routine. There are some odd ideas…

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January 15, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

A Better Tomorrow

You know we have to drop a Wu-Tang reference during a budget session (when cash does rule everything around us), and this week offered reasons for optimism about a better tomorrow right around the corner. It starts with a promising step towards restoring trust between law enforcement and the communities…

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January 8, 2021 Courtney Smallwood

The Next Episode

The General Assembly started its next episode this week, an obviously unique one in Indiana history. Compared to the events of the last few days, though, this socially-distant session almost seems like a bastion of normalcy. So we’re settling back into a regular routine as well, in your inbox every…

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December 14, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

A Not-So-Sneak Preview of 2021 Priorities

Today, the Indy Chamber is holding our (virtual) annual membership meeting – it’s almost time to turn the page on 2020 (finally), and we’re ready to hit the New Year running. Members will elect next year’s board of directors and officers, and the board will endorse an ambitious legislative agenda…

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December 4, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

It’s Getting Hectic

There’s a lot to report since our election wrap-up last month – things are getting hectic as we head into the waning weeks of 2020. On November 16th, lawmakers gathered for an Organization Day that was eerily different from 2019, when thousands of teachers rallied to demand higher pay.  The…

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