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Where are all these new people coming from? Throughout Indiana, folks are asking this question. Now we have answers covering the last half-decade (2015-19) from the American Community Survey. After gathering data from 17.7 million (15%) of 120.7 million households nationwide, the Census Bure…

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KENDALLVILLE — Local officials and builders ceremonially broke ground on a new industrial shell building in mid-July, but no actual ground has moved yet at the construction site.

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The Labor Day weekend came in the wake of a turbulent pandemic, accompanied by record high unemployment followed abruptly by concerns about a labor shortage. These facts occasion some introspection about the future of work in America. To do so means recognizing the current and likely future …

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Since the earliest civilizations, storytelling has been an effective method for passing on history, values, emotions, customs and more. Today, it is one of the single most important ways for brands to differentiate themselves from the competition. The most powerful brands have established st…

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The 2020 census tells us Marion and Hamilton counties accounted for 40% of the state’s population growth of persons 18 years and older with 37% of Indiana’s increase in occupied dwelling units from 2010. Meanwhile, over the last decade, Delaware and Grant counties, led the state in both lost…

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The last decade saw considerable concern over rising income inequality in the United States. Academic work by Thomas Piketty and the populist backlash that fueled the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump brought this concern to mainstream America. Over the past few years…

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Earlier this month, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) passed the U.S. Senate in an overwhelming bipartisan vote. This legislation launches a multi-year $1 trillion effort to improve roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, broadband, the electrical grid and other mostly …

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The Census Bureau’s Aug. 12 release of 2020 data gives us a small window into changes in the Hoosier housing market. While Indiana gained 301,700 (4.7%) in population from 2010, our stock of housing units grew by 127,600 (4.6%). But those numbers hide much of what was going on.

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How much money have we spent on worker retraining? This is a vital activity for workers displaced by new technology, by foreign competition, by geographic moves of domestic jobs to other regions or nations. How much money have the local, regional, state and federal agencies, their boards and…

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WEST LAFAYETTE — Rolls-Royce — the aerospace manufacturing giant, not the car maker — will expand its already large footprint at Purdue University West Lafayette, thanks to a new commitment among the university, the Purdue Research Foundation and the company.

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When I last spoke to Juan Leon, he still hadn’t opened his two Don Taco restaurants because of COVID-19. Now they’re both open, the newest one at 4037 Ice Way down from Skyline Chili having opened the last week of July. His other location is at 4210 Crescent Ave., across from Purdue Fort Way…

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This week, we break new ground. The conclusion of this column will precede the data supporting it. But don’t consider this a permanent feature. We’ll return to slugging through the data soon enough.

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Steel Dynamics, Inc. on July 19 announced second quarter 2021 financial results. The company reported record second quarter 2021 net sales of $4.5 billion and net income of $702 million, or $3.32 per diluted share. Excluding the impact from the following item, the company’s second quarter 20…

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As you probably heard, Indiana is looking for people. Not just any kind of people, but the right kind of people. Educated, skilled, mobile folks. We may not really know what they want, but maybe we could figure out how to find them.

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Steel Dynamics, Inc., a steel producer and metals recycler headquartered in Fort Wayne, on July 7 announced a goal to be carbon neutral by 2050 for its electric arc furnace (EAF) steel mill operations. To achieve this target, the company also set interim emissions reduction and renewable ene…

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Thank you, Simone Biles, for pulling me out of the funk I’d talked myself into over sports.