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Tech Talk: Northeast Indiana’s Leadership A-BLAZE

Kevin Brinegar and I spent most of June traveling and meeting with economic development and community leaders in seven Indiana regions. Our discussions centered on the new Indiana Vision 2025 Report Card and how the particular region compares to the state as a whole on various public policy metrics. It can be difficult to convert lessons into economic development [...]

2019-07-17T10:58:52-04:00July 12th, 2019|

Learn a Lot From Jack and Jack

Technology – in the form of making it a strategic part of your workplace and preparing for the future – takes center stage in the EchoChamber podcast. We get help understanding it all through conversations with a pair of Jacks, as in Mansfield and Uldrich. Jack Mansfield is leader of digital workplace strategy for Bell Techlogix and a member [...]

2019-07-08T16:24:41-04:00July 9th, 2019|

Tech Talk: Keeping Score for the State

For a tech and innovation-focused audience, one might be tempted to concentrate on just the Dynamic and Creative Culture driver of the Indiana Vision 2025 economic development plan. But can dynamism and entrepreneurship flourish without the other plan pillars – Outstanding Talent, Attractive Business Climate and Superior Infrastructure? Thus, we'll give you both with the broad overview this week [...]

2019-06-20T11:06:17-04:00June 20th, 2019|

Tech Talk: Drive for Evidence-Based Policy

In Chamberworld, "policy development" is the process of identifying issues of public concern and proposing well-researched solutions that can be implemented by policymakers. This usually comes in the form of legislation, administrative rule or executive order. The Indiana Chamber has 14 committees that develop policy on broad ranges of subject matter including higher education, civil justice, energy, infrastructure, health [...]

2019-06-06T09:09:40-04:00June 6th, 2019|

Tech Talk: Indiana Moving Toward Improved Economic Tools

Venture capitalists' wallets are tightening, according to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In the first quarter of 2019, venture capital (VC) funding fell 36% to $25 billion, with 4% fewer deals compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 – when $39 billion was invested in 1,328 deals. And while the 2018 dollars were impressive, the total number of [...]

2019-04-17T11:13:46-04:00April 17th, 2019|

Purdue University’s Faculty Research on Display April 18

If you’ve wanted to know what some of the faculty at Purdue University have been researching in the recent past, you can get an up close and personal look – and talk with faculty about their research – during the annual Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE) Economic Ideas Forum on April 18. Research topics include education, crime, [...]

2019-04-16T14:25:03-04:00April 16th, 2019|

Tech Talk: Students and Their Career Destinations

Brandon Boynton, a junior majoring in applied computer science in the IUPUI Honors College, is CEO of Vemity. The high-tech business-to-business start-up offers artificial intelligence-as-a-service. In late 2018, he reached out to 66 junior and senior computer science majors at IU, IUPUI and Purdue. A few of his observations on what he learned and how it might affect whether [...]

2019-03-20T10:34:34-04:00March 20th, 2019|

Tech Talk: It’s All About the Data

We shared recently that legislation to help put Indiana in the game for data center attraction has proceeded through the Indiana House with near unanimous support. HB 1405 gives local governments the authority to exempt data centers from paying property taxes and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation the authority to exempt data center equipment (including electricity) from state sales [...]

2019-03-06T12:08:47-04:00March 6th, 2019|

Tech Talk: Spreading the Innovation

A brief preview of two upcoming Indiana innovation and entrepreneurial events looking to grow after impressive debuts a year ago: We shared (before and after) the 2018 launch of IDEA Week in the South Bend-Elkhart region. The second iteration of the innovation festival (April 8-13) will feature more than 50 sessions focused around four themes: Learn, Play, Meet and [...]

2019-02-28T11:05:00-04:00February 28th, 2019|

Tech Talk: Making Progress at the Statehouse

The end of the first half of the legislative session comes early next week. Your Indiana Chamber advocacy team is once again leading the way on several key technology and entrepreneurship measures. Here is a brief rundown: Senate Bill 563, also known as Gov. Holcomb's economic development bill, has many important provisions to help attract talent, businesses and capital. The [...]

2019-02-20T13:17:20-04:00February 20th, 2019|