The soaring Hispanic population can be a powerful engine for growth in the Indiana economy—potential that some of the state’s best-known businesses are embracing.
The staff members and consultants would help the district implement some of the chambers’ broad recommendations for hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts in the coming years, including possible school closures, reduced transportation, and staff reductions.
The business advocacy group is working with city officials and a consultant to develop a strategy for promoting Indianapolis’ musical assets—and then writing the next verse in a higher key and more robust tempo.
Records provided to IBJ give behind-the-scenes insight into the all-hands-on-deck effort to attract the $5 billion project to Indianapolis, including setting up secret meetings, weighing several possible sites, and discussing “creative” incentives such as building a charter school on the prospective campus.
The backing of the group could be instrumental in helping the school district pass the tax measure, which leaders say it needs to avoid drastic cuts.
The Indy Chamber said it has “identified dozens of recommendations that add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential savings” for Indianapolis Public Schools.
Median household incomes have dropped in a full third of Indianapolis ZIP codes since 2000. Inequality is growing across the city.
Dozens of small businesses have been helped by microloans—smaller than $50,000—from the Indy Chamber’s Business Ownership Initiative.
State economic development officials won’t comment on whether they plan to submit a proposal for the $5 billion development, but a local site-selection expert said pursuing Amazon is “too good of an opportunity” for the state to pass up.
Although lawmakers OK’d less than half the $50 million annual pledge business leaders wanted for expanding state-funded preschool, they passed a major infrastructure bill that businesses favored.
The person hired for the position is expected to help workers from Carrier Corp. and Rexnord Corp. who are about to lose their jobs—along with trying to help revitalize old industrial sites.
Ian Nicolini, 33, will serve as vice president of Develop Indy after his whirlwind tenure as town manager of Speedway. As in his previous position, Nicolini is charged with attracting companies and jobs to the area.
Stolen, who began his life with designs on a music career, will use his myriad personal connections to help the chamber find new members and funding sources and build stronger central Indiana ties as it works to become more regionally focused.
Steven Stolen, the former managing director for the Indiana Repertory Theatre, will join the Indy Chamber as vice president of corporate advancement next month.
The organization has come up with a new way to help its small-business members while giving them a better deal on employee benefits.