Education & Workforce Development

Commentary: Here's how to make a living (wage)Restricted Content

October 1, 2007
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz
Of all the topics I could have chosen to write about this week, the one I kept coming back to was the whole issue of "living wage." You guys are a pretty sharp audience by the fact you read this publication, so maybe one of you can help me figure out the living wage crowd. I just don't get them. If you saw last week's IBJ, you probably read Michael Dabney's story on the ongoing efforts by the Service Employees...
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Tax credit boosts interest in Indiana's college plan: Break offsets what some consider excessive feesRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Scott Olson
Parents sifting through the dizzying array of college-savings plans must feel as though they're playing their children's Pin the Tail on the Donkey game: Make a blind stab and hope for the best. But a state tax credit that took effect at the start of the year seemingly is providing enough incentive to steer Hoosiers toward Indiana's 529 offering despite the hefty fees that accompany it. The bill that created the 20-percent tax credit-equaling $1,000 on contributions up to $5,000-vaults...
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Home entrepreneurs test child-care watersRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Motherhood is a common path to the home-based child care business, but more childless women looking for self-employment options also are getting into the field. Nearly 3,000 Indiana child-care providers are licensed to provide services in their homes--including 469 in Marion County.
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NOTIONS: It's no rant; we need to have a conversationRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
If you're reading this column in ink on newsprint, thanks. It's the medium that inspired me to be a journalist, the one that still lands on my driveway each morning and the one I recycle each Friday afternoon. If you're reading this column on a Web site, thanks. It's the medium that's revolutionized communications, the one drawing droves of ad dollars and the one I can turn to any time to learn what I want to learn as it happens-long...
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Rising tuition fuels Lumina's reform agendaRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
The 7-year-old Lumina Foundation, formed as part of the sale of USA Group, is on a radical mission-to overhaul the way higher education is funded in this country. The not-for-profit believes the nation's economic future depends on making college more affordable, and accessible.
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: Web puts employers on display as much as job candidatesRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Tim Altom
Job searches nowadays aren't what they used to be, on both sides of the hunt. Looking for a job is a global endeavor now. And looking for employees produces more candidates, but is more complicated. As with so many other business matters, the Web has changed everything. At first glance, it would seem the old want ads page just moved into databases. Monster (www.monster.com) was one of the first companies to offer cyberlistings. The employer pays for the listing. The...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Time to make government accountableRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Morton Marcus
The biggest change the Kernan-Shepard commission could recommend for improving local government would be to focus responsibility. Some folks want to consolidate government horizontally; that means combining units of the same type. It might take the form of consolidating school corporations or bringing the number of library districts down from 238 to some smaller number. (It could mean reducing the number of counties from 92 to a more realistic number, but I should not try to make you laugh.) Many...
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Web video series heralds Roman invasion at IMA: Produced in-house, the 11-part series is a firstRestricted Content

September 10, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
When the Indianapolis Museum of Art landed the U.S. premiere of a 184-piece exhibit of Roman art from the Louvre, its staff knew the time had come to think big. "This show is considered a blockbuster," said Daniel Incandela, director of new media at IMA. "I knew we should develop some blockbuster content ideas." So he and his colleagues pitched their grand plan to museum leaders: They would travel to Rome and Paris to develop an 11-part series of digital...
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New Image Fine Clothing Inc.: Clothier looking for the right fit After four years as a sideline, business becomes full-time jobRestricted Content

September 10, 2007
Tammy Lieber
Growing up in Detroit, Andrew T. Porter had an early education in men's fashion. The son of a minister, he recalls admiring the Sunday best of his father and members of the congregation. In his neighborhood, "there was a clothing store on every corner," Porter said. "I always had an eye for putting things together. It came naturally to me." Porter remained a student of fashion, even though he worked in manufacturing. When a friend who owned a Detroit clothing...
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Increasing demand for land surveyors sparks changes: Despite some criticism, Purdue University moves program into different department to attract more studentsRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Scott Olson
Purdue University is mapping out a controversial strategy to produce more land surveyors amid growing demand for graduates entering the profession. The number of Purdue students interested in pursuing a surveying career has dwindled to just a dozen out of roughly 500 enrolled in the university's School of Civil Engineering. M. Katherine Banks, head of the school, attributes the dearth to a lack of visibility the surveying program endures tucked within the larger department. "We need a fresh start," she...
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When it comes to LEED, Indiana trailing: But area designers, contractors see green progressRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Scott Olson
No environmentalist would mistake Indianapolis for the poster child of green building, but local designers and contractors are preparing themselves to capture a market they expect will become an integral piece of their portfolios. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard, better known as LEED, is a benchmark of sorts for designing, building and operating environmentally friendly buildings. At least 16 projects in the metropolitan area are seeking the LEED certification, but only one so far has achieved green...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN: It's all about managing diversityRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
"Diversity" is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. The pair of words "diversity management" might be more to the point. Diversity really is a fact of life. In terms of humankind, the world is made up of different kinds of people. And those differences go way beyond race, gender and ethnicity. People come from different backgrounds, believe in different religions, and have different sexual preferences, for example. Some are physically handicapped or mentally impaired. Our differences...
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Charter designs require creativity: Local architect Axis building school nicheRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Much of what defines a charter school is in sharp contrast with the traditional model found in public school districts. And the differences start with the structure itself. Charter schools, due to budget restraints, typically involve renovations of a buildings once used for entirely different purposes. From there, the architecture and interior design must create a look and functionality educators say enhances learning and instills in students a sense of ownership and pride in their eventual alma mater. "No one...
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Displaced older workers abandon hopes of landing similar workRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Ed Callahan
A growing percentage of men and women nationwide are reaching a career crossroads at a time when most would hope to have it made. Almost a quarter of the 3.8 million Americans displaced from their jobs from 2003-2005 were 55 or older, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up from 21 percent in the prior three years.
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Indiana needs to develop more technology workersRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
James L.
Far from its older perception of a backoffice function, information technology today is cutting edge and business savvy, driving innovation in virtually every industrial sector. As an industry, IT in Indiana has seen significant growth in the past few years. In fact, the state's tech nology sector has grown so quickly that the industry faces a new challenge-employers are experiencing explosive growth and cannot find enough qualified individuals to fill these new positions. As documented by the Indiana Department of...
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Big Ten battles for TV sports bonanzaRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The new Big Ten Network and some of the nation's largest cable television systems are fighting over how consumers will be charged for the network's programming. Hundreds of sporting events could be blacked out in local markets, including scores of Indiana and Purdue university football and basketball games, if the two sides don't reach an agreement.
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: How Indiana's industrial economy looks to a newcomerRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Mike Hicks
This week marks the start of my tenure as director of Ball State University's Bureau of Business Research. I take over from Pat Barkey, whose thoughts on the state's economy have long graced this column. His will be hard shoes to fill. I have read over many of Pat's old columns, and the one thing that stands out is how much we agree on the issues facing the state-and their solutions. Contrary to the old stereotypes, hard-headed economists usually come...
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United Way seeks corporate help to promote reading: Fourth-grade program tries to attract 500 volunteersRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Scott Olson
Wanted: Corporate types willing to give an hour of time a week to a cause that is as critical as any business decision ever made. Must be willing to work with children. If interested, contact the United Way of Central Indiana. Intrigued? Then you might be a candidate for the ReadUP program, which aims to help fourth-graders within the Indianapolis Public Schools system become better readers. The ultimate goal is to produce more high school graduates for a district in...
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New ventures expanding school sports coverage: Players large and small converge on growing nicheRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
High school sports coverage, once found only in the back pages of local newspapers' sports sections, is now spawning new Internet and print businesses. The players involved range from large public companies and professional sports franchises to small entrepreneurs. The effort to score with high school sports coverage appears to be driven by a growing number of advertisers interested in the diverse audience attracted to scholastic events. In recent months, High School Sports The Magazine debuted in central Indiana, Emmis...
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College program target of New York investigationRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Chris O'Malley
An obscure not-for-profit has become a financial powerhouse since it was founded here 19 years ago. But now it's in the crosshairs of a New York state investigation into whether it and others that organize study abroad programs for college students offered universities perks to become their preferred providers.
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IN THIS ISSUE:Restricted Content

August 20, 2007
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Nurse shortage feeds online-training startupRestricted Content

August 20, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
By the year 2020, the United States is expected to face a nationwide shortage of at least 1 million nurses. Fishers-based Orbis Education Services Inc. CEO Dan Briggs sees a potential profit center. Founded in 2003, IT startup Orbis aims to provide the link between universities and hospitals for online delivery of nursing courses.
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Parting thoughts on Indiana's strengths, weaknessesRestricted Content

August 20, 2007
Patrick Barkey
The nice thing about economics is that we never really figure anything out. That hasn't stopped folks like me from writing about economics and papers like this one from printing what we have to say. As I often have said to those who have remarked on these writings, nature abhors a vacuum. Someone else will be filling that vacuum next week, because this is my last column-for Indiana readers, at least. I am happy to leave you in the capable...
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Commentary: It's way past time to complete UnigovRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Brian Williams
The property-tax disaster in Marion County and around Indiana is composed of two dependent parts: the manner in which property is assessed and the government infrastructure that establishes tax rates or levies and whose operations are funded in large measure by property-tax assessments. The state has improved the manner in which property is assessed. Unfortunately, the state has not done an adequate job of training assessors in all 92 counties. In Indianapolis, the challenge of accurately assessing property is compounded...
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How Family Friendly is: Baker & Daniels LLP: Serving regional, national and international business clientsRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Baker & Daniels LLP Serving regional, national and international business clients Flexible working arrangements Laptops and BlackBerries are provided for all legal and management staff to allow them to work from home or for use while traveling, when necessary. The firm allows attorneys to stay on partnership track while on a reducedhours schedule due to a family situation or other pre-approved situation. At its discretion, the firm will consider telecommuting arrangements for employees who have at least one year of...
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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