How will the economy fare in 2011? IU Kelley School of Business Outlook Panel touring Indiana to present forecast

By David Gard

Looking ahead to 2011 in the aftermath of the economic downturn, many questions and uncertainties remain:  Are we facing a new economic reality with different rules and a fundamental shift in expectations?  When will significant job growth resume?  Will we be stuck in slow economic growth for the time to come?  What will be the impact on my business – and my job?

In its 2011 economic forecast, the IU Kelley School of Business Outlook Panel will assess how the changing economic environment will affect the key decisions facing executives, business owners, investors, and policy makers in the year ahead.  For the past 37 years, the Kelley School of Business has presented its national, state, and local economic forecasts through a series of panel discussions held during the fall in cities throughout Indiana.   Once again this year, Indiana Business Research Center director Jerry Conover heads a distinguished panel of leading Indiana economic experts.

This year’s Business Outlook Tour dates and cities include:

  • Nov. 4    – Indianapolis
  • Nov. 4    – Bloomington
  • Nov. 5    – Columbus
  • Nov. 9    – Richmond
  • Nov. 9    – Anderson
  • Nov. 10  – Kokomo
  • Nov. 10 – Fort Wayne
  • Nov. 12 – Schererville
  • Nov. 16 – New Albany

For more detailed information on the IU Kelley School of Business Outlook Panel including the local sponsoring organizations, venues, and starting times, please refer to the official press release announcing the tour:


Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conferences Series: Center for the Business of Life Sciences: Kelley School of Business: Indiana University

By Tony Armstrong

Each year, CBLS presents its Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration conference series, which provides a forum for various players in healthcare and life sciences to consider, discuss, and debate key business strategy issues. The forum brings together key players from industry, academia, government, and economic development communities.

See the full schedule

Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conferences Series: Center for the Business of Life Sciences: Kelley School of Business: Indiana University.


Thanks for attending NASVF!

By Tony Armstrong


I was honored to be asked to speak on a panel at the 2010 Annual Conference of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. The distinguished panel I joined talked focused on regional innovation clusters.  Great group of people and a great organization!

The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds is a global non-profit membership organization whose mission is to advance innovation capital. Find out more about NASVF below.


Connect with IU: Center for Urban Policy and the Environment

By Bill Stephan

The Center for Urban Policy and the Environment is devoted to supporting economic success for Indiana and a high quality of life for all Hoosiers. An applied research organization, CUPE was created by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1992. The Center works in partnership with community leaders, business and civic organizations, nonprofits, and government. CUPE’s work is focused on urban policy, intergovernmental cooperation, community and economic development, housing, environmental issues, and fiscal affairs research essential to developing strategies to strengthen Indiana’s economy and quality of life.

Center for Urban Policy and the Environment.


Innovate Indiana Fund

By Tony Armstrong

Early–stage capital is scarce both in Indiana and in the United States as a whole. Emerging companies frequently face a funding gap at the exact moment when capital is needed to begin transforming its research into commercial products. IURTC established the Innovate Indiana Fund in 2009 to invest in technologies discovered at Indiana University. The goal of the fund is to harness the immense creativity happening across IU’s eight campuses and nine centers of medical education to create businesses that benefit the entire state. Funding is available for university faculty and researchers who need financial support to bring their discoveries to the marketplace. The $10 million initial capitalization of the fund is allocated to early-stage and late-stage investments.

Find out more about the Fund

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Latest Issue of Indiana Business Review Now Available

By David Gard

The Fall 2010 issue of the Indiana Business Review has been recently released and is now available for download.  A quarterly publication of the Indiana Business Research Center at IU’s Kelley School of Business, the IBR provides analysis and insight on key economic and demongraphic issues.

Particular articles of interest in the latest issue include:

Indiana in the Global Economy: Current Export and FDI Activity – Even though the economic recovery is still fragile, recent growth in Hoosier exports and increases in announced foreign direct investment provide encouraging signals.  In fact, Indiana is only one of 14 states whose value of exports in the first six months of 2010 surpassed pre-recession levels.

Education’s Value: It’s Not That Simple – Educational attainment is a major contributor to higher earnings, but the value of a college degree varies widely.  The benefits are greatest for people who choose the right industry and occupation.  Not enough Hoosier students are studying the fields that lead to the highest wages – which are also the occupations that our key industries depend on most.

Here’s the link to IBR web site where a printable PDF of the full issue can be downloaded:

Read more here


President’s Economic Development Cabinet

By Bill Stephan

The President’s Economic Development Cabinet, a 15-member group of distinguished business, community and faculty leaders with a broad range of experiences and knowledge in the technology and life-sciences sectors, was established to serve as economic development advisors to Indiana University President Michael McRobbie.  The Cabinet meets three times a year to provide policy input and counsel on how the university can best leverage its many assets into initiatives that will advance both the university’s interests and Indiana’s economic vitality.


What do IU and the Military have in common?

By Kirk White

IU has forged partnerships with the Indiana National Guard (ING) on their efforts at the Guard’s Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations (CAMCCO) to brief and train personnel deploying to Afghanistan on issues related to language, cultural sensitivity, and governance.   The Guard has been entrusted with the responsibility of developing and providing training programs for both civilian and military personnel engaged in various assistance programs for developing nations. 

Under the partnership agreement, IU is assisting in the development these programs by providing a wide cross-section of faculty subject matter experts to serve as consultants, trainers, and instructors. Subject areas include languages, culture and customs and rules of law in counter-insurgency operations.  

 A key program currently under way involves training provincial reconstruction teams for deployment to Afghanistan.  IU is providing trainers to teach Afghan languages and culture to members of these military/civilian teams before they deploy overseas.  

Additionally, IU has partnered Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane, Indiana on the Advanced Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Facility, located at the IU Cyclotron in Bloomington. This project includes upgrades to the linear accelerator formerly based at Crane, a project that has already brought in $7.83 million in federal funding.   IU is currently expanding its partnership with NSWC Crane to include specialized areas of IU faculty expertise in Information Technology and Informatics, including modeling, simulation, cyber security and data mining.