Indiana Chamber

Workforce Survey Shows Big Changes in Talent Trends

Oct 28, 2019

The Indiana Chamber released the results of its 12th annual workforce survey Friday at the Indiana Workforce Summit. It surveyed more than 1,000 employers across the state to get a snapshot of the current needs and trends in workforce development.

Indiana Health Goals Fall Short In Economic Report

Jun 12, 2019

Indiana has made strides in a plan to improve the state’s economic outlook but a number of health measures could be holding back progress.

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Samantha Horton

Indiana is the most manufacturing heavy state in the country – but a new report says the top of that list may not be the best place to be.

The Wellness Council of Indiana this week launched a series of events to help employers address substance abuse and recovery issues in their workforce.

Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar discusses the annual employer survey with Senior Vice President Tom Schuman and Vice President for Education and Workforce Development Jason Bearce. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

For the first time in the 11 years of the Indiana Chamber’s annual employer survey, more than half of the respondents say they left jobs vacant in the past year because a lack of qualified applicants has made it difficult to fill those unoccupied jobs.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is prioritizing workforce development and STEM education as part of its 2019 legislative agenda, and supports a key change to the state’s governance structure.

Indiana school districts with 2,000 or fewer students lag behind academically as compared to larger corporations, according to a study commissioned by the Indiana Chamber and released Tuesday.

The report, conducted by researchers at Ball State University, found that the enrollment size of a school corporation correlates with student test scores and access to college prep courses.

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Nearly a quarter of Hoosiers smoke – and Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar says that costs the state nearly $3 billion a year in healthcare.

He says reducing the smoking rate isn’t just about health – it’s about business too.

“Research has shown that, on average, an employee who smokes will cost the employer 40-percent more than a nonsmoker for healthcare costs,” Brinegar says.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Monday released a lengthy, detailed proposal he says will help spur Indiana’s economic growth.  And Gregg says it’s a plan that won’t require any new or increased taxes, relying instead on shifting existing resources.

The Gregg campaign’s 35-point plan includes proposals focused on building a skilled workforce, growing small businesses and streamlining economic development efforts. 

Gregg says those proposals, if put into action, would be judged by evaluating a series of key metrics.

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Indiana health leaders say Hoosiers need to be healthier to keep the state's economy humming.

Chuck Gillespie heads the Wellness Council of Indiana, a nonprofit owned by the Indiana Chamber.

He says health care costs are second only to payroll for most companies -- and more companies are looking at health rankings when they decide where to locate.

In most of those rankings, from smoking rates to infant mortality, Indiana's near the bottom.