Education & Workforce Development

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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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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Prenatal product designed to aid development: Biologist mom of seven sold on benefits of systemRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Della Pacheco
When Lisa Jarrett was expecting her fourth child in 1991, her obstetrician husband pulled out an article he had read in a medical journal about a prenatal audio development system. Created by physician and researcher Brent Logan, the system is designed to help a baby's brain develop before it is born by introducing simple rhythms similar to the mother's heartbeat. "It's a cognitive curriculum," Jarrett said. After obtaining Logan's tapes and using them through her next three pregnancies, she was...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Greener Indianapolis buildings could be within reachRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Frank Duck
In case you've missed it, energy dependence and environmental preservation are among the most pressing issues here at home and around the globe. The issue is forcing all of us to take a hard look at nearly every aspect of how we live. This self examination of sorts, extends point on building costs can sometimes move as a strategy to draw down life-cycle costs. Typically the increased front-end investment can be recovered within a relatively short period. In order to...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Property tax isn't evil, it's abusedRestricted Content

August 6, 2007
Morton Marcus
There are two books I want to call to your attention. They are both written by Hoosiers and are both vitally important to Indiana at this time. But this column, again, must be about property taxes because that is the compelling issue of the day. One book is "I Never Worked a Day in My Life," by Bill Haeberle, the retired IU business professor who has started and aided hundreds of businesses. The other is "Performance is the Best Politics,"...
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Personal training sessions keep gym clients comingRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Tammy Lieber
In a world where gyms and fitness centers beckon with billboards, water parks and membership specials, Body-N-Motion has found a lower-key, back-to-basics niche. Tucked in an office/flex park next to the headquarters of Mays Chemical Corp. on the northeast side, Mike "Mr. Motion" White's 5-year-old gym specializes in personal training. All its clients have White or one of his 10 employees putting them through the paces of a customized workout that, White notes with pride, is rarely the same routine...
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MICKEY MAURER Commentary: Banker's exit won't end good deedsRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Indiana, as you know, has not escaped the inevitable crush of consolidation in the banking industry. No one should have been surprised by the announcement that First Indiana Corp. was selling itself to an out-of-state bank, Milwaukee-headquartered Marshall & Isley Corp. In spite of the best efforts of M&I, The National Bank of Indianapolis, of which I am chairman of the board, will add business as a result of this transaction. Some of First Indiana's customers prefer to deal with...
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New kind of high school pairs projects, technology: Educators hope approach boosts graduation ratesRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Students at three new Indiana high schools this fall are going to learn the California way. No, they won't be holding classes on the beach. They'll use technology and a project-oriented curriculum to learn about math, science and history, plus gain 21st century skills business leaders say today's work force needs. The New Technology High School model, which began in Napa Valley, Calif., in 1996, will launch in Indiana this fall with New Tech High at Arsenal Tech, New Tech...
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Housing advocate seeing upswing: Mortgage market woes boost INHP participationRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Michael Dabney
Al Smith of Chase Bank doesn't know Patricia Wells, but he is glad he was able to help the Indianapolis mother of five, if only indirectly. Wells closed on the purchase of a house on East Washington Street three months ago, thanks in no small part to two programs of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, a two-decade-old not-for-profit that has helped hundreds of families realize the American Dream of homeownership. "I'm a single mother with five kids and I didn't...
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Strides taken in life sciences, experts say: Industry panel: Thanks to ongoing efforts, Indiana has experienced serious progress as biomedical hotbed during last 5 yearsRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Five leaders of Indiana's life sciences industry offered their perspectives at the Indiana Convention Center June 26 as part of the Indianapolis Business Journal's Power Breakfast Series. The panelists: Mike Arpey, managing director of global investment bank Credit Suisse's Asset Management Division and manager of the $73 million Indiana Future Fund for BioCrossroads, the state's life sciences economicdevelopment initiative. Ron Ellis, co-founder, president and CEO of Lafayettebased Endocyte Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the treatment of cancer through receptor-targeted...
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Butler class to invest university endowment moneyRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Michael Dabney
When a Butler University finance class starts investing in the stock market this fall, it won't be Monopoly money that's on the line. In a three-year pilot program that is unique for a school of Butler's size, a group of senior finance students will use $1 million from the university's endowment fund to invest.
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EYE ON THE PIE: Taxes pay for what Hoosiers wantRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Morton Marcus
Good people, me included, have been making dumb statements about the property tax mess in Indiana. The problem is that we don't know enough to talk or write intelligently on the topic. The result is that we can be led by our noses into an even worse mess. "Abolish the property tax!" some demand. Then what? Abolition of the property tax means raising some other taxes or fees, unless government spending on services decreases. The state has been urging counties...
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NOTIONS: A property tax sigh of relief and a reform wish listRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
The nightstand clock reads 5:17. Too early to wake up. But hey, I've been tossing and turning for hours, so why lie here any longer, pretending? The cause for this night's insomnia is money. Money for two kids starting college. Money to replace the Money to paint the house. Money for employees' salaries. Money for employees' parking. Money for employees' retirement. Money for employees' health insurance. Money for their families' health insurance. Money to get the yellow highway paint off...
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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