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Tech Talk: Summer the ‘Hot’ Season for Policy Development

I am often asked, sometimes sarcastically, the following question: “What do you guys (i.e., Chamber lobbyists) do in the months after the legislative session is over?” I try not to be offended, but I also understand that not many people have insight into the work my colleagues and I do in anticipation of future sessions, which is equally – if not more – laborious and important as our time at the Statehouse. Trust me, [...]

Making Sure Your Data is Protected

Information technology asset disposition (ITAD) sounds a bit intimidating. In layman’s terms, it’s making sure data and other valuable information contained on end-of-life equipment are secure – a vitally important consideration in today’s “hacker happy” world. Arrow Electronics, the largest player in the ITAD business in North America, recently announced its decision to exit a portion of the industry. Per a July release from the company: “After careful market analysis indicating that business dynamics [...]

August 9th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Another Township Bad Actor Comes to the Forefront

State auditors are asking a township trustee in Grant County to repay taxpayers $56,628 following an audit that found she used township assistance funds to help herself and relatives, reported Indianapolis TV station WRTV recently: (Fairmount Township Trustee) Sheila Metzger was appointed township trustee on Aug. 11, 2016 and elected to a four-year term from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2022. The (State Board of Accounts) investigation found Metzger and her relatives received [...]

August 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Tech Talk: Internships a Big Win for All

Do you need talent? Yes, you can stop laughing – or crying – at that question. We already know the answer for nearly all is a resounding yes. A partial solution is to grow your own talent – and that often begins with interns and Indiana INTERNnet (IIN). One of many offerings in the Indiana Chamber’s Institute for Workforce Excellence, IIN is the connection between skilled and enthusiastic workers and your organization. Not only are record numbers [...]

August 2nd, 2019|Tags: , |

Not Blowing Smoke: Ohio Raises Legal Age + Sen. Young’s National Effort

Indiana, take note. Recently, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s budget bill into law that includes a provision raising the state’s smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21; it takes effect in 90 days. Then, people in Ohio under 21 can no longer buy tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices and Juul pods. “Thank you to Governor DeWine and state lawmakers for taking this tremendous step in protecting our youth from the [...]

August 1st, 2019|