KENNEDY: Let's find ways to sustain visitor business

November 13, 2010
Melina Kennedy
Our city’s economic prosperity has been bolstered for many years by our strong convention and visitor business. We need to do what we can as a city to propel this important driver of our economy.

SHOBERT: Pursuing China is wise move for Indiana

November 6, 2010
Benjamin A. Shobert
Last year, for the first time ever, outbound investment by Chinese business into American industry exceeded outbound investment into Chinese firms by American companies.

HENDERSON: Thinking outside the neurotypical hiring box

October 30, 2010
Tom Henderson
There’s a screening process we often use in the human resources process that’s meant to identify prospective candidates. It needs re-thinking.

GIGERICH: Education, economy are closely tied

October 23, 2010
Larry Gigerich
Ten years into the 21st century, most people understand that a strong education system is vital to ensuring long-term economic development success. Where things become fuzzy is in defining what comprises a strong education system and, more important, the required outcomes of that system.

GUY: Do meter-contract critics have a plan?

October 16, 2010
John Guy
If clear certainty were a business criterion, nothing ever would happen.

WILLIAMS: Rebuilding a sustainable Indianapolis

October 9, 2010
Brian Williams
Rather than simply building and repairing streets, sidewalks, bridges and parks, ratepayers and taxpayers should demand that these projects set standards for construction in Indianapolis by reusing or recycling materials, using environmentally friendly products, and designing public spaces to encourage physical activity.

HACKER: 2012 Super Bowl offers chance to give

October 2, 2010
Bill Hacker
It’s exciting to think that, in 16 months, thousands of people will arrive in Indianapolis from around the globe to be part of Super Bowl XLVI. And millions more will watch from their homes. Indianapolis truly will be in the spotlight in February 2012.

FAENZI: We're more connected, but less engaged

September 25, 2010
Carol Faenzi
I am appalled at the number of businesspeople who have their heads down, texting and checking their messages or the latest stock quotes while in meetings, attending a lecture, making a call on a customer, or interviewing a potential employee.

GARNER: Multifamily housing is not the enemy

September 18, 2010
Sanford Garner
It would be easy to blame the economy for our blighted urban neighborhoods. True, these tough economic times have led to more vacant and foreclosed houses than we can count. But the key to revitalizing a neighborhood stretches far beyond boarded-up houses.

SLAUGHTER: Don't fall victim to 'imposter syndrome'

September 11, 2010
Robby Slaughter
We might think entrepreneurs, managers and highly paid professionals would be awash in self-confidence. Yet in a 1978 paper, Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes of Georgia State University wrote that, “Despite outstanding academic and professional accomplishments [many] persist in believing that they are really not bright and have fooled anyone who thinks otherwise.”

MERHOFF: Regionalism according to Yoda

September 4, 2010
Mo Merhoff
How can we in central Indiana compete? We can build competitive regional clusters that provide what matters to businesses. An educated, affordable labor force. Dependable infrastructure. Quality-of-life amenities that appeal to today’s employees and tomorrow’s.

KHARBANDA: Indiana can lead in shaping energy policy

August 28, 2010
Jesse Kharbanda
The United States has shown little leadership in finding solutions to global climate change.

LOUGHREY: Hoosier leaders can fight global poverty

August 21, 2010
Joe Loughrey
Our world is quite different from the one President Truman and George Marshall faced in 1947. But the strategy for recovery and broad-based development should be built on a similar foundation of public- and private-sector collaboration.

MERISOTIS: Boosting education boosts your company

August 14, 2010
Jamie Merisotis
By 2018, 63 percent of all jobs in this country will require some form of postsecondary education or training. That’s a huge increase since the mid-’70s.

FELDMANN: Copying others' tactics won't always pay off

August 7, 2010
Derrick Feldmann
It’s common in any business or organization that hears about an incredible success and tries to replicate it by following the same steps.

WEIGAND: Reinvesting in neighborhoods is essential

July 31, 2010
Kurt Wiegand
Our city is about to engage in a high-stakes gamble to avert a death spiral—or accelerate it and make it much more of a certainty.

GROSSMAN: Bill Gates wants to spend your money

July 24, 2010
Peter Z. Grossman
Just as the government built an atomic bomb during World War II, the government should spend billions of dollars to create the energy innovations for a low-carbon economy, according to Gates and friends.

CORLEY: Help a child and who knows where he'll go?

July 17, 2010
William Corley
Consider these alarming statistics: More than 6,700 Marion County students drop out of school every single year. Dropouts earn $9,200 less per year than high school graduates, and earn $1 million less over a lifetime than college graduates.

CHEN: Indiana needs to become Asia-savvy

July 10, 2010
Our state needs to learn how to effectively engage with the emerging economies of the 21st century in order to be successful.

HENDERSON: On civility and donning the brain bucket

July 3, 2010
Tom Henderson
Some of the things I was warned as a young man that I should never get into arguments over were—in no particular order—religion, politics, which hand in a card game wins, and whether there should be a motorcycle-helmet law.

SLAUGHTER: Do you let the telephone control you?

June 26, 2010
Robby Slaughter
The telephone has incredible value. It’s also among the most effective ways to destroy productivity.

OWEN: Why I rethought riding my bicycle to work

June 19, 2010
Dean Owen
One day last spring, I put on a helmet, climbed on my bike, and rode to work with a co-worker. For a guy who had only recently gotten on a bike after more than 15 years away from two-wheelers, it was monumental.

ROWLAND: Monument Circle is all about traffic

June 12, 2010
Time and again, communities have tried pedestrian plazas in downtown areas and have failed because, without cars, there are few people, and businesses failed.

SHOBERT: Could new model save manufacturing?

June 5, 2010
Benjamin A. Shobert
On my most recent trip to China, it was not without some heaviness of heart that I again found myself comparing the newness of the country’s infrastructure—and the teeming activity that seems to have enveloped this part of the world—with much of what I see, or do not, around Indiana and the United States.

BOULET: Has civility become a quaint and obsolete concept?

May 29, 2010
Larry S. Boulet
Americans are not as civil as they used to be. Daily, there are doses of uncivil behavior reported by the media. And bad behavior isn’t limited to highly visible people.
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