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July 31, 2018 Joe Pellman

Indy Chamber Partners with Indiana Debate Commission to Hold U.S. Senate Debate

This morning, the Indiana Debate Commission announced details of a United States Senate debate on October 30 featuring incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly (D), Mike Braun (R), and Lucy Brenton (L). The Indiana Debate Commission will hold this event in the Toby Theater at Newfields, and the Indy Chamber will hold…

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July 24, 2018 Joe Pellman

Indianapolis Public Schools and Indy Chamber Find Common Ground on Operating Referendum

The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners approved a $220 million operating referendum tonight, putting a revised request on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot along with $52 million in capital projects.  The proposal narrows the gap with the $100 million framework advanced by the Indy Chamber, based…

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July 11, 2018 Joe Pellman

Indy Chamber Releases Details on IPS Operational Assessment

The Indy Chamber released detailed findings from its four-month financial and operational assessment of the Indianapolis Public Schools today, outlining cost-cutting recommendations that would save the district more than $477 million over the next eight years. According to the Chamber, these savings allow the district to close its budget deficit…

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June 29, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Stakeholder Update: Doing Our Homework to Support Homegrown Talent

Indy Chamber previews IPS assessment this week Some good news on talent as an economic priority over the last two weeks: An analysis led by Richard Florida shows Indy #2 among major metros in recent gains in college-educated adults (2012-2016), a double-digit increase in our share of adults with…

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June 28, 2018 Joe Pellman

Indy Chamber Previews IPS Assessment to Reshape Operating Referendum

The Indy Chamber and its team of consultants previewed a sweeping financial and operational assessment of the Indianapolis Public Schools at tonight’s IPS board meeting.  While the report is still being finalized, it has identified more than 50 cost-cutting recommendations to allow the district to reduce its proposed operating referendum…

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June 28, 2018 Indy Chamber

JAJobSpark

About the Hospitality and Tourism Cluster When 8th graders are asked the question “What does the Hospitality and Tourism field mean to you?”, most students will initially think of amusement parks, visiting zoos, site seeing historic places, traversing a state park or exploring underground caves. Many students would not think…

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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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