Education & Workforce Development

' Set the bar high': LESSONS LEARNED KEVIN TEASLEY President, GEO Foundation CEO, 21st Century Charter SchoolsRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
-Andrea Muirragui
KEVIN TEASLEY President, GEO Foundation CEO, 21st Century Charter Schools Kevin Teasley didn't have clear-cut expectations when he and a small group of reform-minded dreamers opened 21st Century Charter School in 2002. The publicly funded-yet-independent schools were brand new in Indiana, and no one really knew what came next. Would 21st Century's one-room schoolhouse approach draw talented teachers? Would students respond to a different kind of education? Organizers had high hopes, to be sure, but they operated more on instinct...
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Local Sallie Mae executive leaving

December 27, 2007
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Why state's job growth is better than neighbors'Restricted Content

December 24, 2007
Mike Hicks
For the past week or so, I have been flooded by phone calls from colleagues in Illinois and Michigan, chortling over a new marketing campaign launched by Hoosiers. The privately financed billboards and radio spots ask businesses and residents whether they are tired of high taxes and unresponsive government. If so, they are invited to "Come on IN" to Indiana. It's high-order fun this holiday season. Indiana sits as a small island of growth in the Midwest, and it is...
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A&E: Actors Theatre of Indiana goes green

December 24, 2007
Lou Harry
Frog is confident. Toad is selfdoubting. Frog gets mail. Toad doesn't. Frog is willing to take some risks. Toad is cautious. Frog looks funny in a bathing suit. Toad looks funnier in a bathing suit. And then there's an actionpacked fight sequence in which ... No, that doesn't happen. Frog and Toad are friends. They love each other. They are happy when the other is happy. But then the villain comes to town, a giant ... Nope, no villain. Over...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Commission's reforms are just what Indiana needsRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Mike Hicks
The recommendations of the Shepard-Kernan report are a tonic to anyone who cares about local government efficiency and improved local services. The commission r e c o m m e n d e d changes to the way Indiana's government provides local services. Our current system looks much like a pre-statehood government, where services are provided in a disconnected fashion with budgetary decisions answerable to state bureaucracies, not local voters. It is this organization of government that has caused much...
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Local chocolate firm leads organic pack: Endangered Species enjoys soaring sales, employmentRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
While Hershey, Pa., may be considered the chocolate capital of the United States, Indianapolis is home to one of the fastest - growing and most fascinating makers of the sweet treat. Though it was founded in Oregon in 1993, Endangered Species Chocolate Co. has achieved most of its growth since being acquired and transplanted to Hoosier soil in 2005 by Wayne Zink and Randy Deer. Curt VanderMeer joined the company shortly after it came to Indianapolis; he became the third...
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Commentary: Here's a script Capra would loveRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Mickey Maurer
I am going to chat with Angelo Pizzo, author of the best sports film of all time. Pizzo is the writer and coproducer of feature films "Hoosiers" and "Rudy." He and I will debut "Mickey's Corner," a project patterned after TV's Bravo Network program "Inside the Actor's Studio." The conversation will happen Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Road. Why don't you drop in? Pizzo grew up in Bloomington and stayed home for his...
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EDITORIAL: 'Tis the season to help others: Don't forget charities when givingRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
'Tis the season to help others Don't forget charities when giving If our early December snowfall didn't get central Indiana's bells jingling, the overflowing mall parking lots should make it clear: Santa Claus is coming to town, and he's bringing plenty of credit-card-toting elves with him. The National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend almost $475 billion on holiday-related purchases this year, up 4 percent from 2006. That's a lot of fruitcake. Our economy could use the boost, no doubt...
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Commentary: A foreign investment that is sure to pay offRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Brian Williams
As the year draws to a close, the business community remains focused on taxes and the health of the economy. The governor's privatization of the Indiana Toll Road generated a windfall of $3 billion. If managed properly, that money should fund Indiana's road and bridge repair work. However, perhaps we should consider investing some of the interest to radically change our stature in the global economy. Canada possesses coastlines along the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans; has abundant natural resources,...
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PROFILE MICKI STIRSMAN: Education at heart of growth Continued training is part of her biz planRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Della Pacheco
PROFILE MICKI STIRSMAN Education at heart of growth Continued training is part of her biz plan Your face might be Micki Stirsman's canvas. Instead of applying paint to paper or molding clay into sculpture Stirsman and her staff use their artistry to transform their clients' appearances. The Speedway native is owner of Salon 01, a business she started with a $10,000 contribution from her grandmother that has grown into a million d o l l a r- p l u...
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Businesses, educators teaming up for education: Two sides join forces with Common Goal initiative, which aims to reduce Marion County's dropout rateRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Business and education leaders are hanging up their boxing gloves in favor of working together to stem the local high school dropout rate. "We've typically been at odds with the education community," said Roland Dorson, president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Long-standing finger pointing has had businesses issuing mandates that schools educate their students better and educators claiming they don't receive the help they need from businesses, Dorson said. "We get beat up by business and professional groups...
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Minorities, women turn to franchises: Proven business systems offer more opportunitiesRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Scott Olson
Betsy Knoke's northeast-side business is the latest addition for Colorado-based 10 til 2, a franchised staffing service that places college-educated individuals in part-time employment. On a grander scale, the landscape-architect-turned-business-owner is among the scores of women and minorities who are finding business opportunities through franchises. A report issued in October by the IFA Educational Foundation found minorities own 20 percent of the nation's franchises and women 25 percent. The affiliate of the International Franchise Association in Washington, D.C., used U.S....
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IPS superintendent doesn't shy away from challengesRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White, in his third year as head of the state's largest school district, is determined to reverse the long decline of the state's largest school district. The status quo is not an option.
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Retailers hope to buck holiday predictions: Optimism found in online sales, busy Black FridayRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Scott Olson
High oil prices and a continuing credit crunch have many retailers bracing for a blue Christmas. Holiday sales this year are expected to grow a modest 4 percent, according to some retail experts, which would be the weakest pace in five years. The ominous forecasts prompted retailers to unveil promotions in October, although the official start of the shopping season was the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as "Black Friday." Stores likely will rely upon a variety of incentives to...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Reforms could create barriers to homeownershipRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Mike Hicks
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Maybe it is because no one wants me to help cook, or perhaps it's due to the stream of college football. Mostly I think I like it because it is such an unhurried, fun, shared day. This year, many of us gathered for Thanksgiving at family homes and we gave thanks for the many gifts life brings us in this nation. What many of us didn't conscientiously dwell on is how important the simple act...
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New seminar, gallery space opening in the Stutz: Move will create gathering place, could help artists teaching classes hang onto more of tuitionRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The sprawling Stutz Business Center downtown already is a haven of sorts for the 72 artists who have studios there. Beginning in January, it also will have a space they can use to teach, mingle and show their work. It's the brainchild of Stutz Artists Association President Jerry Points, who envisioned a first-floor gathering place for the diverse group of painters, sculptors, photographers and others who toil within the labyrinthine building. "Most [artists] will go to their studio, close the...
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'BUILD YOUR BUSINESS by investing in it':Restricted Content

November 26, 2007
-Andrea Muirragui
Creative Street Media Group has come a long way-literally and figuratively-from its humble beginnings 23 years ago. The small video production company has become a corporate conglomerate, with 67 employees in five facilities who handle everything from promotional materials to interactive education. Oh yeah, and they also crank out some award-winning TV shows-like the Emmy Award-winning "Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany." For all its progress, Creative Street is not done growing. Any day now, the company will expand its reach...
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What's new is old for Brooks: Former U.S. attorney finding familiar ground in Ivy Tech positionsRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Susan Brooks seems to have returned to her roots in her new role with Ivy Tech Community College. The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana began Oct. 1 leading the post-secondary educational institution's work force and economic development functions, as well as becoming its general counsel. Brooks spent her growing-up years in Fort Wayne watching her father, a high school teacher and football coach, push his students and players on the football field and in the classroom....
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Leader program builds following: Center for Leadership Excellence set to welcome third class of execsRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Scott Olson
Ten times a year, for 24 hours, a select group of executives leaves the comforts of career to embark on an experience meant to mold the participants into better leaders. They gather on Thursday evenings for dinner, bunk overnight at a hotel, and spend the following day listening to the likes of Dennis Perkins, author of "Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition." Or, they may travel to Saint Meinrad in southern Indiana...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Existing work force is our biggest education challengeRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Carol D\'amico
As Hoosiers, every time we open our wallets and pocketbooks, we should think about going back to school. For the last three decades, Indiana's per capita income growth has lagged the rest of the country, to the point where the average Hoosier earns less nized for work force development use a combination of state and local dollars and even lottery funds (as in Georgia). Private management of the Hoosier Lottery, as proposed during the last legislative session, could provide the...
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Health care top choice in career poll: Student interest in technology jobs holds steady, state survey findsRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Scott Olson
Recent results from an annual survey show health services remains the most popular career choice among Indiana high-school juniors planning to go to college. The questionnaire was administered by Learn More Indiana, an effort to promote college and career planning supported by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, as well as a few other state agencies. Learn More Indiana has existed for about 20 years, but had been known as the Indiana College Admissions and Placement Center before the arrival...
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Bariatric product key for software firm's growth: Former WellPoint execs heading up young companyRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
J.K. Wall
Medical Animatics LLC hopes its latest product helps double its size while helping patients shrink theirs. The small Indianapolis firm plans to roll out bariatric-education software by yearend. By tapping the popular surgery procedure, Medical Animatics' officers hope that product grows sales enough to double its nine-person work force in a year. The new product launch is the first major initiative for Medical Animatics since it secured angel investments from two former WellPoint Inc. officers earlier this year. Jane Niederberger...
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Commentary: A bibliophile's view of IndianapolisRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Brian Williams
A public library preserves the record of humanity's intellectual, scientific and artistic achievements, as well as its failures. Those records and the people who facilitate the community's access to them support democracy, encourage economic development, sustain lifelong learning, and foster an information- and technology-literate community. A community's investment in its public library system symbolizes the importance of the civic role of public libraries in ensuring an informed society. In our community, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation raised more than...
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Measured strides in science: Engineering, science still male dominatedRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Cynthia Sequin
When the 2007 Nobel Prize winners in science were announced in October, it didn't take a mathematical wizard to calculate the number of women who won the eminent prize in the field of science. Zero. Women and men might wonder: was the shutout because of gender discrimination or innate ability? "No one wants to be a sexist, but whether we like it or not we make assessments based on all kinds of factors, including gender," said Carol McCord, assistant dean...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: World War II veterans built economy into juggernautRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Mike Hicks
Veterans Day is upon us again, and the slow passing of the World War II generation sparks thought on their contributions. I will let others dwell on their considerable wartime achievements. I am an economist, not a historian, after all. Our 16 million World War II veterans emerged from conflict in the late summer of 1945 to a muchfractured world. The production of goods-where facilities had survived bombs and artillery-was almost wholly focused on the demands of war. A worldwide...
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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