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Putting Indiana's communities first
Randall T. Shepard and Kathy Davis. | Photo by Greg Puls

March 13, 2015
By Kathy Davis and Randall T. Shepard, Guest Columnists No one wants to look back and wonder what we could have and should have done to make Indiana a better place. Instead, by taking a forward-looking approach, the Indiana University Public Policy Institute is evaluating what can be done now to help local communities and our state succeed.Through the Thriving Communities, Thriving... Read More »


Final "Thriving Communities" public meeting gathers area residents' ideas

March 5, 2015
The IU Public Policy Institute led its final public meeting in Fort Wayne inside a ballroom at IPFW's Walb Student Union. A mix of 30 or so business leaders, politicians, non-profit officials and area residents attended the meeting, reported the The Journal Gazette. Read Event gathers area residents' ideas Read More »


Take the Thriving Communities Survey

February 10, 2015
Thank you for your interest in the Thriving Communities, Thriving State project, a two-year effort to study what makes Indiana communities succeed. Using a place-based approach, the project will take a look at issues affecting (1) small town/rural, (2) mid-sized, and (3) urban areas. Each area will have its own commission to identify how current policies help or hinder communities, where policy... Read More »


#ThriveIN to study what makes Indiana communities succeed

January 23, 2015
Indiana's future is taking center stage with a new Indiana University Public Policy Institute effort. The Institute today unveiled its Thriving Communities, Thriving State project, a two-year effort to study what makes Indiana communities succeed. #ThriveIN @IUPublicPolicyUsing a place-based approach, the project will take a look at issues affecting rural, mid-sized, and urban... Read More »


Upcoming Thriving Communities Public Meetings - March 3 in Fort Wayne

January 22, 2015
The IU Public Policy Institute is bringing its Thriving Communities, Thriving State project to five Indiana communities. Your opinion matters and we invite you to participate in discussions about our state's future. Can't attend the public meetings? Fill out this form to give your input on Indiana's future. Co-chaired by former Lt. Governor Kathy Davis and former Indiana Supreme Court Chief... Read More »