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Midterm election turnout surpasses previous years (Dubois County Herald)
More Dubois County residents voted by absentee ballot in the 2018 general election than those who voted in person.
Indiana's life sciences sector growing in jobs, wages, companies (Indianapolis Business Journal)
The number of jobs in Indiana's life sciences sector grew by about 1 percent last year, to 56,323, and averages wages climbed 3 percent, to $97,607.
Tribune-Star Editorial: 12 Points group persists in push for progress (Tribune-Star)
Passion for a better way of life initiates a community revitalization. Momentum fuels optimism and more people join the cause. Persistence keeps it alive, even when obstacles arise. The Lafayette Avenue and 12 Points Neighborhood revitalization projects are moving on that continuum in promising fashion
How could Illinois' minimum wage hike affect the bi-state Quad-Cities region? (Quad-City Times)
Labor organizers and business leaders share vastly different views on how raising Illinois’ minimum wage would affect the economy. But, most agree the Quad-Cities bi-state region would be impacted much differently than landlocked areas of Illinois.
Too healthy?: Influx of medical facilities in Hamilton County has side effects, experts say (Current in Carmel)
Hamilton County residents seemed to be struck with recurring deja vu in 2018: Every few months, the headlines announced plans for another new or expanded hospital.
Here’s what’s standing between Fishers and its first affordable housing for seniors (Indianapolis Star)
Having struck out in one attempt to bring low-income apartments to downtown Fishers, an affordable housing group is moving ahead with another income-based project, this one for seniors and other older tenants.
Business Review Predicts 3.2 Percent Growth In 2019 (WFYI)
A publication tied to Indiana University's Kelley School of Business forecasts the state's economy will expand in 2019 by a healthy 3.2 percent, though it said growth could start to wane later in the year.
Research Finds More Indiana Manufacturing Jobs Loss To Offshoring Than Automation (WTIU)
A new study shows Indiana workers should worry less about being replaced by a robot and more about their job being sent to another country.
Retaining college grads recipe for economic growth (The Republic)
Millions of Indiana parents hope their kids graduate from college and then choose to live, work and raise a family in the Hoosier state.
County preparing for aging populace (Journal Gazette)
Boosted by today's lower birth rates, longer lifespans and aging baby boomers, the group that makes up the nation's oldest citizens is growing rapidly.
Purdue launches 'brain gain' initiative to bring college grads back to Indiana (Indianapolis Business Journal)
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is preparing to scale up an initiative aimed at luring Purdue graduates back to Indiana by expanding it to other universities in the state and enlisting the support of hundreds of corporate partners.
Kelley School report finds that the number of veterans in Indiana is declining (Kelley School of Business)
With Veteran’s Day approaching, a new report from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business found that about half of the Hoosier state's veterans are age 65 and older.
Shining in the Rust Belt (City Journal)
In their 1988 song of the same name, the Beach Boys envisioned "Kokomo" as a mythical tropical island paradise. In the real world, Kokomo was a gritty Indiana industrial town, population 45,000, and by 2009, it was facing bankruptcy.
Howard County Council District 4: Bryan Alexander vs Gregory Steel (Kokomo Tribune)
The Howard County Council's fourth district encompasses the northwest quadrant of the county. The council is responsible for approving and fixing annual operating budgets of all county departments, the expenditure of public funds and other fiscal actions.
Indiana House District 38: Heath VanNatter vs Tom Hedde (Kokomo Tribune)
Indiana House District 38 represents portions of Carroll, Cass, Howard and Clinton counties. VanNatter, the incumbent, earned $66,660 in 2017, according to the Indiana Gateway database.
Porter County Council candidates square off (Times of Northwest Indiana)
Candidates in three contested races for Porter County Council made their pitches to voters in a candidate forum Tuesday night.
IU Research Projects Indiana's Workforce Growth To Dwindle (WFYI)
Although the state is projected to need to fill 1 million jobs in the next decade, a recent report shows the state is entering an era where Hoosier labor force growth will slow to almost zero.
10 Years After The Housing Bubble (Indiana Public Media)
By the mid-2000s, the United States was in the midst of a housing bubble. Soaring real estate prices finally reached an untenable and unrealistic level, and when the market corrected, millions of Americans lost equity as their assets were suddenly worth less than their mortgage. As a result, the American economy plunged into a crisis and recession of a level not seen since the Great Depression. This week on Noon Edition we discuss the housing bubble ten years later.
Immigration influx (Journal Gazette)
Demographic observers have been warning for some time now that immigration is an economic lifeline for Indiana and its neighboring states. But instead of heeding their message, Indiana politicians -- on both sides of the aisle -- have fed the narrative of immigration as a threat to our safety and well-being.
Unemployment remains low, though rates are climbing slightly (The Statehouse File)
Even though Indiana's unemployment rate remains below the national average of 3.9 percent, about one-third of the state's counties have rates higher than that.
Indiana workforce growth projected to slow to a crawl (Northwest Indiana Times)
Indiana's unemployment rate has been lower than the national average for four years, and the state's economy hums along, but a looming problem could limit economic growth -- many workers will soon retire, and not enough people are in line to replace them.
Awaiting annexation: McCordsville to vote on proposed subdivision (Greenfield Reporter)
The fastest-growing town in Hancock County could annex land for its third new subdivision in less than two years.
Becoming a talent hub (Tribune Star)
The scene seems too ordinary to be a city’s "drawing card." Yet, it is. Rob Haworth has routinely witnessed the activities of an east-side Terre Haute neighborhood since he and his family moved there this summer. The daily sight even led Haworth to ramp up his physical fitness routine.
California-Based Agbiosciences Company to Establish New Swine Farm in Jasper County (Hoosier Ag Today)
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Jasper County officials joined executives from Premier BioSource, an agriculture biosciences company specializing in the production of research-purposed swine, broke ground on the company's first Indiana farming operation in Rensselaer Thursday.
Premier BioSource Investing $7.5M In New Farming Operation (Business Facilities)
Premier BioSource, an agriculture biosciences company specializing in the production of research-purposed swine, is breaking ground today on its first Indiana farming operation in Rensselaer.
New Program Helps Employees Enter Addiction Treatment in Richmond (Addiction Now)
A global company with locations in Richmond, Indiana has been piloting a program to help its workers receive addiction treatment. Belden Inc., which specializes in signal transmission products, operates a plant in Richmond. Belden is one of the largest employers in Wayne County. In recent years, Belden representatives started noticing a trend. Despite the high need for workers, many local residents applying to open job positions were failing drug screenings.
Opioids cost Indiana $43.3 billion (Herald Tribune)
Seventy-five positions. Usually, the Belden Inc. plant in Richmond only hires 15 people a year. But in 2016, the cabling and wire manufacturer needed to find 75. That might not have been a problem several years ago, when residents in the community seemed more interested in working in manufacturing. Or when opioids hadn't taken over.
Tribune-Star Editorial: Citizens' concerns must be addressed before adopting jail plan (Tribune Star)
Vigo Countians continue to express legitimate concerns about the size and expense of a proposed new county jail. Many remain unconvinced that a jail twice as large as the current facility is necessary, or that taxpayers can afford its price tag.
Home inventory low and prices high, as Kokomo development continues upswing (Kokomo Tribune)
Across Indiana, real estate agents have gone to battle, fighting over a meager supply of homes as they juggle a growing number of potential buyers emboldened by a robust economy.
Houses are selling fast in Indiana, causing issues for each generation, and buyers are feeling the pressure (Indy Star)
Millennials are buying in, Gen Xers are moving up, and baby boomers are downsizing -- driving brisk home sales in Indiana, and creating problems specific to each generation. And they are all dealing with one reality, rising prices.
Where Hoosier kids rank (Herald Times)
Each year the Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes a very interesting report called the Kids Count Data Book. The 2018 version, just released, sheds light on how states compare across a number of dimensions of child well-being.
What will Batesville look like in the future? (Herald Tribune)
Community and business leaders gathered Aug. 1 at the Hillenbrand Auditorium for the Hillenbrand Community Leadership Series. Attendees received information about Indiana's demographic trends and placemaking in rural communities, including an update from Batesville Main Street representatives.
Christina Hale: Trump's words matter to American allies (Indy Star)
The United States can withstand almost any mean-spirited or just plain bad domestic policy in the near term, but foreign policy is another matter entirely. It is no understatement to claim that stakes are extraordinarily high. Hoosier steelworkers get it. Hoosier farmers get it. Hoosier moms get it, and Hoosier teenagers get it too.
Consumers: Tariffs' loser (Journal Gazette)
Let's talk trade. Without foreign imports, we wouldn't have Italian wine, French cheese or German beer on our store shelves. Americans also wouldn't be able to easily buy Bic pens, Birkenstock sandals and Nikon cameras.
Mark Bennett: This old house: Existing homes a popular commodity (Tribune Star)
Buying an old house is an adventure -- alternately fun, frustrating, surprising and rewarding. That's especially true the first time.
Report: High Demand Sparks Largest Surge In Home Prices In Nearly 3 Decades (Indiana Public Media)
High demand in the Indiana housing market has led to the largest surge in home prices since the early 1990s.
Study: Key Housing Figures Point in 'Right Direction' (Inside Indiana Business)
A new report from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business shows home prices in 2017 increased at the highest annual rate since 1991.
Numbers give a glimpse at city, county (Herald Times)
Warning: Today’s column will include a lot of numbers. The idea behind sharing them is to offer a glimpse into some unique aspects of Monroe County.
Life Science Industry Continues to Rise (Building Indiana)
The companies in the Indiana life science industry are breaking their own records again. As if their former figures weren't lofty to begin with, they've gotten bigger and the state is making a concerted effort to see those impacts grow even larger.
Kokomo experiences population bump in Census Bureau release (Kokomo Tribune)
Kokomo experienced a slight bump in population growth from 2016 to 2017, the city's first increase unrelated to annexation in recent years, according to estimates from the United States Census Bureau.
Population projected to decline in Lake, LaPorte counties (Northwest Indiana Times)
The Gary metropolitan area grew by a total of 153 residents last year, a negligible amount for a metro with a population over 700,000.
Indianapolis falls out of top 15 on list of most populous U.S. cities (Indianapolis Business Journal)
Indianapolis is no longer one of the country’s 15 largest cities, according to population figures released late last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Study: Central Indiana has state’s fastest population growth (News-Sentinel)
A new study says central Indiana’s population growth is outpacing other regions in the state.
Opioid crisis impacts lives, community coffers (Daily Reporter)
Opioid addiction has a well-known human cost in the number of fatal overdoses. Bartholomew County had 30 last year.
Indiana population to grow 10 percent by 2050 (Herald Times)
Indiana's population will grow by roughly 660,000 residents between 2015 and 2050, according to the Indiana Business Research Center. That's a 10 percent increase over a 35-year stretch.
Westfield, Noblesville may see growth spurt as Hamilton County population soars (Indianapolis Business Journal)
Hamilton County is expected to become the state’s second-largest county by 2050 with about 528,000 residents--and leaders say they’re already planning for the growth.
Indy Suburbs Fastest Growing Cities, Towns In Indiana (WBOI 89.1)
Indiana outpaces the Midwest for population growth. But a new Indiana Business Research Center study finds the suburbs around Indianapolis take the spotlight.
The fastest-growing town in Indiana is not in Hamilton County (Indianapolis Star)
When it comes to population growth in the Hoosier state, Central Indiana is outpacing other regions.
Whitestown Again Indiana's Fastest-Growing Community (Inside Indiana Business)
The town manager of Whitestown says he is not surprised the town is the fastest-growing community in Indiana for the seventh consecutive year.
Hoosiers have been getting better educated (Northwest Indiana Times)
Nearly 53 percent of native Hoosiers had at least some college by 2016, an increase of 7 percent from a decade earlier.
Opioid abuse exacerbates tight labor market (The Republic)
Bartholomew County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state--2.5 percent in March, tied for sixth lowest. While this is typically a healthy economic sign, mixed with a high level of opioid misuse it places Bartholomew County in an extreme position, a local finance professor said.
In State of the County, Wyman updates hotel and conference center, VA clinic (Kokomo Tribune)
Howard County's work release program could soon be awarded grant money for a female pod, and progress continues toward bringing a downtown hotel and conference center to Kokomo.
$79 million contract awarded to widen, rehab I-69 (Star Press)
Good news for commuters and others who drive to and from the Indianapolis area. The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to continue the widening of Interstate 69 north of Indianapolis and to rehabilitate a section of the highway from Daleville to Anderson riddled with potholes.
With enrollment dropping, Carmel Clay Schools considers closing elementary campuses (Current in Carmel)
With enrollment expected to continue dropping in Carmel Clay Schools at the elementary level in the coming years, district officials are trying to decide if it's worth the cost of making major renovations at its two oldest campuses.
Mitch Daniels to headline event aimed at reversing 'brain drain' concept (Indianapolis Business Journal)
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels plans to make his pitch to Indiana college students Friday afternoon to try to keep them in the state after graduation.
Mark Bennett: Without changes, fewer people will call Terre Haute 'home' by 2050
Blue-collar cities embody most Americans' perceptions of Indiana. They picture towns filled with unpretentious Hoosiers whose values and work ethics are worth emulating.
Population study: Elkhart County to outpace St. Joseph in coming decades (South Bend Tribune)
New population projections suggest Elkhart County will rapidly grow over the next three decades, but St. Joseph County will remain nearly stagnant.
Franklin, Ripley populations almost at standstill (Herald-Tribune)
Many Indiana counties saw relatively strong population growth in 2017, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.
Hoosier population up, but Hautian numbers decline (Tribune Star)
New census estimates show Indiana experiencing modest statewide population growth since 2010 with some of the most significant increases in the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne areas. Bloomington, Lafayette and the Indiana suburbs of Louisville also saw above average gains.
Planning for growth (Washington Times Herald)
The population of Indiana is expected to grow to more than 7 million by 2050 and Daviess County is one of the few rural counties in the state that is anticipated to keep up with that growth.
Clark County working to meet needs of growing population (News and Tribune)
New businesses, infrastructure and housing developments in Clark County point to population growth, a dynamic confirmed by the latest U.S. Census Bureau report.
South Bend region population growth steady, but slow (South Bend Tribune)
Five years ago, Indiana began taking an important look at its future. Slow population growth had state officials concerned about economic viability and it was clear they needed to do some things different to spark growth.
Now Is Time to Continue, Not Jeopardize Economic Progress (Inside Indiana Business)
Today our economy is on its strongest growth path in over a decade, and the benefits to workers in Indiana and across our country are only beginning. We must continue this progress. Recent calls by the administration to enter a trade war and raise tariffs put this growth at risk.
County nears passing Allen as Indiana’s 3rd largest (The Herald)
New projections show that fast-growing Hamilton County in suburban Indianapolis could pass Fort Wayne’s Allen County to become Indiana’s third largest county within about a decade.
Tippecanoe County is one of fastest growing counties in Indiana (Journal & Courier)
The latest census data repeats what has been clear for years: Tippecanoe County is one of the fastest growing counties in Indiana.
State's life sciences sector shed 500 jobs in 2017, even as economic impact soared (Indianapolis Business Journal)
The number of jobs in Indiana’s life sciences sector shrunk by about 1 percent last year, or 510 jobs, and average annual wages fell by 4 percent, to $94,749.
Mark Bennett: When the world came to TH (Tribune Star)
Marker to honor Syrian community, illuminate immigrants' contributions
Census: Muncie's population still dropping (Star Press)
The city of Muncie's population continues to drop, new Census figures show.
Census: Hamilton County fastest growing Indiana county (Journal Gazette)
Allen County, watch your back. With an estimated 372,877 residents, the county remains Indiana's third largest behind Marion with 950,000 and Lake with 485,640, according to census population estimates released today. But Hamilton County, ranked fourth and the fastest growing in the last decade, is quickly closing in with 323,747 people.
Indiana Population Rises, Lags Previous Growth Figures (Inside Indiana Business)
The Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business says the state's total population increased by its highest total since 2009.
Indiana counties look for solutions to horseshoe damage on roads (WFYI Indianapolis)
Several Indiana counties are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to repair major road damage. And, the source of some of those problems presents a unique challenge.
Life sciences industry tallies increasing impact (Inside Indiana Business)
Indiana's life sciences growth initiative has announced new figures showing the sector's economic impact is again on the rise.
Plan for suburbs to pay for Indy's potholes kicked to curb in Hamilton County (Indy Star)
Should suburbanites who work in Indianapolis help pay for city streets? That's a question being pondered by Mayor Joe Hogsett as the city scrambles to fill potholes that seem to grow larger and deeper each year.
Lake County projected to lose spot as Indiana's second largest by 2050 (Times of Northwest Indiana)
Lake County could lose its longstanding spot as the second most populous county in Indiana by 2050, according to a new report by the Indiana Business Research Center.
Toyota giving WorkOne $15,000 grant (Tristate)
Some Tri-State agencies are teaming up to better prepare people to join the workforce. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, WorkOne Southwest, and Vincennes University held a joint news conference Friday to announce a boost to a vital program.
Regionally Speaking: STATS Indiana (Lakeshore Public Radio)
Today: we talk to Carol Rogers, who is the Deputy Director and Chief Information officer for the Indiana Business Research Center in Indianapolis. She is in charge of the award-winning interactive Web service STATS Indiana. The site's become one of the nation's most-used public data sites along with its sister site STATS America.
R&D spending rising in Indiana (Times of Northwest Indiana)
Research and development spending in Indiana rose to $7.6 billion in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, up from $7.3 billion in 2014, according to a new report from Indiana University's STATS Indiana.
Growing town rolls out new website (Daily Reporter)
Indiana’s second-fastest growing town is taking steps to keep that momentum going.
Northwest Indiana sheds 10,000 jobs over past year (Times of Northwest Indiana)
Northwest Indiana has lost more than 10,000 jobs over the past year as its workforce has shrunk.
MARK BENNETT: Here, the future of retail involves adapting to changes (Tribune Star)
Thousands of Hauteans have worked in retail businesses here, or have a relative who’s a retail employee.