March Madness is serving as continued inspiration for the Indianapolis Host Committee as we move forward plans for Indianapolis’ next signature event—the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 10, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
We know that many Hoosiers who have access to digital infrastructure are unable or unwilling to subscribe. When so many in our state are struggling to put a meal on the table, they will inevitably struggle to have devices and a broadband subscription. Building new infrastructure will not bridge this gap. We must also invest in broadband adoption and digital literacy programs.
IBJ is exploring how the state should spend $3 billion it will receive from the federal government as part of a pandemic-related stimulus bill. We asked three community leaders—Indiana Economic Development Corp. board member John Thompson, entrepreneur Bill Oesterle and state Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, what they think the state should prioritize.
Because Gov. Eric Holcomb followed the advice of public health experts and instituted a statewide mask mandate in the middle of a global pandemic, a group of his fellow Republicans are now out for revenge.
Many point to the 1987 Pan American Games, and more recently the 2012 Super Bowl, as pivotal moments in Indy’s now 200-yearlong history. Without question, March 2021 is forever cemented on the timeline.
We all know that adversity is part of the game. And unfortunately, that is where we find ourselves as a community today—dealing with some pandemic-related economic adversity, but also with a golden opportunity to rebound and showcase our teamwork, resiliency and dedication.
As Gov. Eric Holcomb looks to fill the shoes of departing Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger, he can forge a path for the Indiana Economic Development Corp. that focuses on fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem that makes Indiana the best place to start a business in America.
Democratic senators represent about 40 million more voters than do Republican senators—a disproportion not reflected in the Senate’s 50/50 split, a split that depends upon Vice President Kamala Harris to wield a tie-breaking vote. And it is likely to get worse.
Not everyone had the luxury of working from home during the time known to most of us as “quarantine” or “lockdown.” It was heartwarming to see how many businesses continued to find ways to pay and support their hourly employees despite mandatory closures.
Revelation: Not all sports events are problem-free, irrespective of the athlete or spectator perspective.
Railroads of all sizes play a huge role in our economy and will continue to be essential to a robust recovery—as long as legislators can avoid interfering.
However, we cannot forget what put our city, and the entire world, into these dire straits in the first place—a deadly pandemic that is not over yet.
Arts and culture feel like an easy pathway to support people of color and contribute to our city’s newfound commitment to racial equity.
The exceptional circumstances and unique demands of an event this complex provide an invaluable proving ground.
While some other areas across the country might have been interested in hosting the NCAA tournament bubble, by the time they could have raised their hands, Indianapolis already had the playbook in the hands of the NCAA.
There are strategic elements in place today, including a 5G lab in downtown Indianapolis and the Indy Autonomous Challenge scheduled at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year.
Nearly 600 visual artists, musicians, dancers, spoken-word artists and other creative-industry professionals have been employed to turn downtown into a sidewalk art gallery and outdoor cultural corridor connecting NCAA game sites to a showcase of 50 artworks and more than 250 live performances.
There’s a saying about successful college athletic programs: “They don’t rebuild, they reload.” After a year of unprecedented economic disruption and hardship, Indianapolis is well-positioned to both rebuild from COVID and reload with talent to drive our economy forward.