Top Story: State of Indiana Economy 

Brad Chambers, Indiana Secretary of Commerce  

Indiana’s economy is expected to remain somewhat resilient heading into 2022 despite challenges brought on by COVID-19, labor shortages and supply chain issues. We get more on what to expect from Brad Chambers. 

Inside INnovation: LIFT Network 

Leighton Johnson, Director, Education & Workforce Initiatives, South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership 

The Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation, or LIFT, was designed to train and retrain adult workers for jobs in the digital and automated economy in the South Bend-Elkhart region. Leighton Johnson has details about a new apprenticeship program. 

Around INdiana: Endangered Indiana – Falley-O’Gara-Pyke House Mary-Rachel Redman, Inside INdiana Business 

For the second year in a row, the historic Falley-O’Gara-Pyke House in Lafayette finds itself on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered List. Around INdiana Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman continues her Endangered Indiana series with a look at what the future holds for this Tippecanoe County treasure. 

Business Spotlight: Techserv 

Sunny Lu Williams, President 

Techserv is marking a major milestone. Thirty years in business. Sunny Lu Williams shares what’s next for the management and technology firm her grandmother founded in 1992. 

Business of Health: Consortium for Opioids Response Engagement-East Central Indiana 

Dave Hyatt, President, IU Health Blackford Hospital 
Melanie Cline, Director, Purdue Healthcare Advisors 

Blackford and Jay Counties in East Central Indiana have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic and the pandemic has compounded the problem. Dave Hyatt and Melanie Cline join us with details on how Purdue and Indiana Universities are joining forces to help those seeking long-term recovery. 

(i) on Education: J. Everett Light Career Center 

Shawn Wright-Browner, Director & Principal 

J. Everett Light Career Center provides programs that allow local high school students an opportunity to explore their passion in an innovative, hands-on, real-world environment. Shawn Wright-Browner offers insight into how the initiative is playing a key role in developing Indiana’s workforce of the future. 

Inside INdiana Sports: Big Ten Football Championship 

Steve Sanner, Co-chair, Big Ten Football Organizing Committee 
 
Downtown Indianapolis will be a sea of maize and blue and black and gold as the Michigan Wolverines and Iowa Hawkeyes battle it out this weekend for the Big Ten Football Championship. That means Hoosier businesses will be seeing green at the cash register. More on the economic impact from Steve Sanner. 

Inside This Week’s IBJ 

Lesley Weidenbener, Editor 

A new major player in primary care is entering the Indianapolis market and big changes at the Fishers Test Kitchen. Lesley Weidenbener gives us a sampling of what our partners at IBJ are working on this week.  

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