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PAULEY: Indianapolis is an education epicenter

March 9, 2013
Jane Pauley / Special to IBJ
A few years ago at a dinner in Washington, D.C., with some of the nation’s leading education reformers, one of them asked if I knew about The Mind Trust.
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HOLLENBERG: Deregulation has gone too farRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Cindy A. Hollenberg / Special to IBJ
As an environmental policy analyst, the governor’s ordering of a moratorium on environmental regulation concerns me. It should also concern Indiana residents and businesses.
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KISSINGER: That's not fair!Restricted Content

February 23, 2013
Pete Kissinger
A number of accusations on both sides in the 2012 elections were extrapolations rebroadcast out of context. I began to wonder if the very notion of fairness was worthy of study, or if the word had any substantive meaning beyond complexion and the weather.
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BARANOWSKI: Indy is a great city, except...Restricted Content

February 16, 2013
Grace Baranowski / Special to IBJ
It was my privilege to testify recently before the House Roads & Transportation Committee in support of House Bill 1011. I joined more than three dozen citizens, community leaders and elected officials to share our support for mass transit in central Indiana.
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ZAHN: Attack health problems the Indy WayRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Tamara Zahn / Special to IBJ
With all the talk about increasing health care costs, the Affordable Care Act and Hoosiers’ poor health standings, now is the time for Indianapolis to be bold and take action.
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MAGID: Invest in the ripple effectRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Julie Manning Magid / Special to IBJ
Competitive, growing public companies that develop job opportunities and invest in the needs and resources of our community have a long-standing ripple effect.
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HINCKLEY: Fads undermine school reformRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Peggy Hinckley / Special to IBJ
Would you launch four or five initiatives in your business in a year? And then introduce three or four more the following year? Of course not!
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LANGELLIER: Pounce on this tech opportunityRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Mike Langellier / Special to IBJ
For several years, the national media and venture capital investment community have focused myopically on consumer Web and social Web companies like Facebook, Zynga, Groupon and others.
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CLARK: The fairness of marriageRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Micah Clark / Special to IBJ
Indiana defines marriage in a singular way—between a man and a woman. As I discussed the merits of this law recently with an opponent, his disagreement fell into two fundamental areas: fairness and civil rights.
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GUY: How to revive dying service clubsRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
John Guy
Despite evidence that change is necessary, some businesses, not-for-profits and associations cannot do it. An example is service clubs. The Indianapolis Jaycees, having had more than 400 members in 1976, appears to have canceled its telephone number. Zionsville Kiwanis ceased business in September.
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LIBMAN: Shrink unwieldy not-for-profit boardsRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Steven Libman / Special to IBJ
As major arts institutions in central Indiana search for administrative leadership and financial stability, a logical question might be, what should be the role of the board for a not-for-profit organization?
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SWIECKI: New era for automotive investment?Restricted Content

December 15, 2012
Bernard Swiecki / Special to IBJ
From the mid 1980s through perhaps 2008, automotive investment in the Great Lakes region was driven by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler losing market share to competitors from Japan, Korea and Europe.
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GIGERICH: Need for leadership growing criticalRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Larry Gigerich
As a father of four (three of whom are about to become teenagers—yes, triplets), my wife and I are constantly talking to them regarding the importance of being a leader and making good choices.
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FORSELL: Knowing this, how shall I act?Restricted Content

December 1, 2012
David Forsell
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a couple of terrific opportunities to reflect upon the deepest things in life. One opportunity came thanks to the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, of all things, and the other from a life-threatening disease.
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ROKITA: Sweeping tax reform long overdueRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
As I’ve traveled across Indiana and met with Hoosier employees, business executives and civic groups over the past two years, I’ve heard many stories about the complex, unfair nature of our federal tax code.
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SNYDER: An unnecessary barrier to entryRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Tom Snyder / Special to IBJ
A few months ago, I was visiting a friend in the hospital. As I observed the staff attending to him, I was impressed by the quality of care he received. It was clear he was in good hands.
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SCHMIDT: Proposed Mass Ave structure stirs design passionsRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Wayne S. Schmidt / Special to IBJ
While walking down a street in Prague recently, I made some observations. There were no potholes and no parking lots—just rows of buildings. Each building was five stories high, except one. That one had a much different façade and an angular design. It also was the building where people congregated. It was the building that captured the most attention and prompted the most discussion.
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FAENZI: Proposed Mass Ave structure stirs design passionsRestricted Content

November 8, 2012
Carol Faenzi
I am all for creating a thriving community, but imposing on everyone a large, flashing electronic screen does not come across as an invitation, but a distracting in-your-face visual shout that is at odds with the environment.
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SCHMIDT: Romney energy policy bestRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Dan Schmidt / Special to IBJ
Indiana is blessed with abundant energy resources. We have a 300-year supply of coal. A substantial part of the 214 million barrels of oil and 4.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Illinois Basin sits in southwestern Indiana. We have even more natural gas locked away as shale gas, coal bed methane and landfill gas.
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AHLRICHS: Turn up the heat on innovationRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Nancy Ahlrichs / Special to IBJ
Indiana is showing the first signs that innovation is becoming part of its brand. On Oct. 26 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 500 of Indianapolis’ most impassioned TEDx fans heard ground-breaking thought leaders discuss the challenges, innovations and future of design learning.
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STEINOUR: Midwest leads national recoveryRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Stephen D. Steinour / Special to IBJ
The real news is that the Midwest in general and Indiana in particular is bouncing back. In fact, the Midwest is not only resurgent—it is leading the national economic recovery.
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ANNALA: Improve transit for Ralph's sakeRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Ellen K. Annala / Special to IBJ
Let me tell you about Ralph. Ralph is among 78 percent of IndyGo riders who have no vehicle available, 65 percent who are employed, and 70 percent who earn less than $25,000 a year.
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TEASLEY: Extend clarity to vouchers, chartersRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Kevin Teasley / Special to IBJ
State schools superintendent Tony Bennett was right to celebrate the achievements of the past three years of his administration during his recent State of Education address. He made it clear that all Indiana schools are now a “school of choice” and that access to most any school is now an option for all Hoosiers.
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PERSON: Stand up for the ISO before it's too lateRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Sheldon Person / Special to IBJ
For three years, Indianapolis was the city I called home, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was where I was proud to work. I am sad to learn not only of the serious problems the organization now faces, but also of the possibility that the Indianapolis community could lose one of its greatest assets.
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WILLIAMS: Anchor MSA redevelopment with City HallRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Brian Williams
Any successful revitalization of the Market Square Arena site demands restoring the former City Hall as the public’s house. City Hall’s decaying grandeur casts a long shadow over the neighboring parking lots created by the implosion of MSA 11 years ago and is probably overwhelming the facile designs associated with redevelopment proposals.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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