A new archives building has been on the public radar since a moment 20 years ago when water leaks at the Indiana State Library threatened to destroy some of our most important and irreplaceable history.
The economists who saw the Carrier glass as half-empty said these recent events represented a “spot solution” rather than a policy or a strategy. “It’s not easily replicated,” said one. Another suggested the transaction could theoretically open a “floodgate” for businesses seeking tax breaks.
Holcomb declared his ambition to “start moving toward taking Indiana to the next level” and, the not-for-profit being created for transition and inauguration tasks is called Next Level Indiana Inc. A central strategy in achieving this ambition should include empowering cadres of young trailblazers.
The modern reality is that Indiana continues to lead the nation in the percentage of our workforce employed in manufacturing. And the level of employment in such jobs has risen continually since the Great Recession began.
What passes for debate in this election seems to represent a new low in the annals of public dialogue. I suggest Indiana has the capacity to go through the next three months without doing damage to our civic fabric.
Tuition-free attendance could draw thousands of new students to Indiana’s colleges, surely a good thing for our state’s future. But the universities’ ability to expand faculty and facilities would depend almost entirely on funding decisions by Congress.
With its eye on the state’s economic future, the Indiana Supreme Court has launched the Indiana Commercial Court Pilot Project, in part to “enhance economic development in Indiana by furthering the efficient resolution of commercial law disputes.”
The 2016 Indiana bicentennial can serve both as party and as a springboard for thinking about our future. The state’s bicentennial commission has laid plans that both bolster Indiana’s statewide opportunities and promote local initiatives.
During a season when we often pause to express gratitude, Indiana can give special thanks for Lilly Endowment's recent commitment of $100 million to 14 cultural institutions. The endowment's action will enrich our civic life. And if you haven't thought about its economic impact, think again.
When apartment magnate Sam Zell recently announced he was selling off a quarter of Equity Residential’s apartment units, it signaled that the development strategy Indianapolis has used still positions the city for success.