Thriving Communities, Thriving State – Overview of Project Community Areas

John Marron (Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute) reviews characteristics of the project’s three community areas – rural/small town, midsize and urban.

Thriving Communities, Thriving State – Economic Factors

Looking at Indiana’s economy from a county level, John Marron (Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute) highlights several areas such as employee compensation total jobs including jobs per 1,000 residents, employees with at least an Associate’s Degree, and gross regional product per employee.

Thriving Communities, Thriving State – Projected Population Change 2010-2040

Take a look at As a part of the Thriving Communities, Thriving State project, John Marron (Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute) details Indiana’s projected population change from 2010-2040, noting the effect on the state’s counties and economic growth regions.

Thriving Communities, Thriving State – Community Broadband Connections

Being connected in the 21st Century involves moving goods and services via broadband. How connected is Indiana? John Marron (Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute) details the value of increasing connectivity and outlines where Indiana stands now.

Thriving Communities, Thriving State Plenary Session (January 2015)

The IU Public Policy Institute unveils its Thriving Communities, Thriving State project, a two-year effort to study what makes Indiana communities succeed. This launch event features: project co-chairs Kathy Davis (former Indiana Lieutenant Governor) and Randall T. Shepard (former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court); IU professor James Madison; Institute Director Mark Lawrance; and Senior Policy Analyst John Marron.

Focus Areas in Indianapolis: Six Focus Areas

Troy Riggs, Director of Public Safety Outreach at the Institute and SPEA Clinical Associate Professor, reviews Indianapolis' public safety outreach, efforts to effectively address violence and the latest data related to crime in the city's six focus areas. The event was held on December 9, 2015.

Public Policy Caffeinated: Risk and Rewards Talk

During this "Public Policy Caffeinated" discussion, we highlight the benefits and drawbacks of suburban areas in Indiana.

Public Policy Caffeinated: Infrastructure Talk

Take a look at our first "Public Policy Caffeinated" discussion, which acknowledges that the definition of infrastructure has changed over the years along with public’s expectations about the costs and how it should be funded.

Public Policy Caffeinated: Seatbelts and Helmets

Safety equipment is an important piece to traffic safety. Listen to PPI researchers and Ryan Klitzsch, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, talk about the outcomes of seatbelts and helmets use.

Public Policy Caffeinated: Texting and Driving

Texting and driving is dangerous. The crash data suggest that policies aimed at reducing this behavior are working. Ryan Klitzsch, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute joins PPI researchers to discuss the topic.

Public Policy Caffeinated: Impaired Driving

Sobriety checkpoints and education about the data are two ways to mitigate the danger of impaired driving. PPI researchers responsible for the annual traffic reports discuss the issues with Ryan Klitzsch of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Public Policy Caffeinated: Technology Improves Traffic Safety

New and developing technology is used to make road travel safer. PPI researchers invited Ryan Klitzsch, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to discuss these tools.

Public Policy Caffeinated: Using Crash Data to Impact Policy

Traffic safety policy can be improved by reviewing crash data. Ryan Klitzsch, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, and researchers from PPI discuss ways to use the data.

Public Policy Caffeinated: Crash Locations in Indiana

Ryan Klitzsch, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, joins PPI to discuss the annual crash data report.

2012 Gubernatorial forum

Boneham, Pence, Gregg, participate in Policy Choices forum moderated by retired Chief Justice Randall Shepard

An Environmentally Sound Energy Policy: One Key to Indiana’s Economic Future

The Energy and Environment Commission recommended leveraging Indiana’s energy assets in an environmentally responsible, productive manner.

A Balanced Tax Policy: One Key to Indiana’s Economic Future

The State and Local Tax Policy Commission recommended the creation of a balanced tax environment to enable growth and generate the revenue that will keep Indiana competitive.

An Educated Workforce: One Key to Indiana’s Economic Future

The Education and Workforce Development Commission detailed the value of seamlessly integrating education, workforce development and business communities as an essential component of economic growth in Indiana.

Policy Choices for Indiana’s Future: Presentation on February 27, 2012

Policy Choices for Indiana’s Future is a nonpartisan initiative designed to analyze the issues that will face the state's legislature and governor. The reports of the commissions, an overview of the results, and policy briefs in each area: An Educated Workforce, An Environmentally Sound Energy Policy, and A Balanced Tax Policy were released in February 2012.

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