The attraction, retention and development of talent determines our region’s prosperity. Enhancing the viability of Indianapolis as a place to live and work is a dominant priority for business and government leaders. It is our best way to compete as a region.
As we count down the days, it’s natural to focus on the details: New traffic patterns and lane changes, service and schedule questions from people eager to get “on board.” But as we mark the green light for the Red Line, let’s take a final opportunity to step back and look at how we got here, and the overwhelming need for improved mass transit in Indianapolis.
Just like each of us, it is incumbent on businesses (corporations and other forms of business enterprise) to be good citizens. To my way of thinking, this means abiding by the law, behaving with integrity and creating a vision for employees that inspires them to work hard and make their company more valuable. It also means being fair and equitable to employees and others.
e have known for decades about the role chronic and acute mental illnesses play in mass killings. Still, we have done little to change the way we consider mental health risks and their connection to mass murders.
For so many in central Indiana, volunteer engagement is not a box-check of “community involvement” but actually a second career, spanning lifetimes.
Through STEM, we have the opportunity to address a problem that disproportionately plagues underserved minority children. Let’s do the math: If the average salary of a STEM job in Indiana is $60,000, and the average salary in the state is $31,000, which job offers a quicker path to the middle class for a student born into poverty? I’ll take STEM for $60,000.
The “right to bear arms” in the Constitution was written well over 200 years ago. Guns then were big, inaccurate and fired about three to four rounds per minute. Our Founding Fathers couldn’t have fathomed or condoned what has become of us.
I hear residents in places like the near-east side and near-northwest side express worry that money and power will take their neighborhoods away from them through the facade of urban revitalization “for the common good” that is actually composed of—whether intentionally or not—top-down structures and processes that exclude more than they include.
Emerging technology has potential to sift millions of people in order to attract those ideally suited for a specific job. Also, economic development leaders can focus their efforts on demand-driven talent needs that make sense for their communities.
As a number of credible economists predicted, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s policies failed to deliver the promised prosperity; instead, they devastated the state’s economy.
A single-payer model could convert public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid into an efficient single system, allowing us to scrap Medicaid altogether.
Because of the reach and complexity of food insecurity, this problem requires everyone—businesses, not-for-profits and individuals—to pitch in to address it.
What does it take to make progress? Unclench the jaws and remove the fangs of the contesting opponents; play the harp and silence the trumpets.
Thanks to a timely study conducted by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation titled “The State of U.S Financial Capability,” we are reminded that about half of our citizens are benefiting greatly from this robust economy, while the other half are still struggling.
By elevating the stories of those whose generosity has been overlooked, we can learn, achieve dignity, and find ways of crafting new solutions for re-weaving our frayed social fabric.
Indianapolis is making impressive strides in modernizing its approach to criminal justice. The mayor and council should continue that progress by examining the negative impact of imposing “user fees” on low-level offenders.
At this point, only about 1% of all autism research funding is focused on adults. That’s simply not enough to equip us to address the coming surge in adults with autism.
Turning the city into a national, not just a state or regional, talent magnet can happen. Indy will never compare to the coastal giants, but it very much can replicate the success of Southern boomtowns like Nashville.
The Chicago service was not perfect, but there was little done to improve it. It needed to operate more than once a day in each direction, the travel times could have been improved, the tracks could have been upgraded, and the state could have done a better job marketing it.
Schools must be held accountable for success in their neighborhoods, and that is more likely to happen when the authorizer, community and school agree on what a school is expected to achieve relative to existing and proposed schools in that neighborhood.