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Federal Relations: Young Launches ‘Fair Shot Agenda’; Entire Delegation Supports Cyber Battalion in Indy

2018-02-23T13:40:37+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

– On Tuesday, Senator Todd Young unveiled his Fair Shot Agenda – a new statewide initiative that aims to ensure every Hoosier has a fair shot at success.

“Every Hoosier deserves a fair shot to succeed – regardless of their age, where they go to school or what challenges they face,” said Young.

The Fair Shot Agenda focuses on four key areas: opportunity, safety, health and better government.

Senator Young held three Fair Shot Agenda roundtables this week in Indianapolis, Hammond and Fort Wayne.

Click here for more information on the Fair Shot Agenda.

–  Indiana’s entire delegation signed a letter supporting the Indiana National Guard’s proposal to station a cyber battalion in Indianapolis. A new National Guard cyber battalion in Indianapolis would take advantage of key regional assets and would further strengthen the region’s economy and high-tech sector.

The letter to Lieutenant General Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard, highlights the skill of members of the Indiana National Guard, as well as the Guard’s size, key units and optimal facilities.

The Indiana congressional delegation writes, “Adding to these advantages of the Indiana National Guard, a cyber battalion headquartered in the Indianapolis metropolitan area would also benefit from proximity to key academic institutions, a premier Department of Defense laboratory and a cutting-edge training complex.”

Major General Courtney Carr, the Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, said, “I appreciate the support of our elected leaders. It’s rewarding that they recognize our capability and what a good fit additional cyber structure would be here in Indiana.”

To read the full letter, click here.

– Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging the company to locate its second North American headquarters in Indianapolis. Indianapolis was listed among the top final 20 cities Amazon is considering for its new $5 billion campus that will employ up to 50,000 workers. The senators tout Indianapolis’ booming tech community, top talent and Hoosier hospitality among the many reasons to do business in Indiana.

“Indiana continues to be recognized as one of the best states in the country to do business, and its booming tech community is well prepared to support Amazon’s growth,” the senators wrote. “Students and businesses all over the world attend Indiana’s top colleges and universities, providing access to top talent in a growing metropolitan area. As tech investment is decentralized from Silicon Valley and the Northeast corridor, Indianapolis has developed an emerging tech sector. That’s why Salesforce and Infosys have joined Indiana’s growing tech ecosystem, which saw a 50% increase in venture capital dollars in 2017.”

To read the full letter, click here

Resource: Caryl Auslander at (317) 264-6880 or email: causlander@indianachamber.com