The sum of IU and Purdue

April 25, 2008
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It wasnâ??t so long ago that the thought of Indiana and Purdue universitiesâ?? doing anything of consequence together was a nonstarter.

Then they began working on economic development together, and later life science projects.

But the person who dreamed up Indianaâ??s first economic development programs thinks the universities could do far, far more.

Brian Bosworth, who has been consulting through his FutureWorks firm in Boston and then in Seattle since leaving the state in the late â??80s, still thinks the state is poorly served by the universitiesâ?? tangling over money in the Legislature and otherwise competing with each other.

Bosworth doesnâ??t advocate an outright merger of the systems, in part because he thinks the instructional identities of IU and Purdue are stronger as stand-alone brands than they would be under a combined system.

Still, what if IUâ??s law school worked with Purdueâ??s Krannert faculty to find new ways for corporations to operate in an environment increasingly influenced by regulations and other legal issues?

Thatâ??s just one idea, Bosworth says.

What do you think? How else could the stateâ??s biggest research institutions add muscle?

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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. has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. 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.