BME and BPAG are proud of Doug Brown and Amy Cornell, who have each been recognized with Indiana Lawyer‘s 2017 Leadership in Law Awards. Brown has been named a Distinguished Barrister, an attorney who has practiced law for at least 20 years, and Cornell has been named an Up and Coming Lawyer, an attorney who has been practicing for 10 years or less. These awards honor members of the legal community who have shown a commitment to their profession and the clients they serve. Congratulations, Doug and Amy!
To see a list of previous winners, click here.
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Hoosier Chapter recognized Indiana’s top public relations and communications talent at the 2017 Pinnacle Awards on Wednesday, April 12. The Chapter presented 61 awards for exemplary work completed in 2016 – ranging from public service announcements and digital communications pieces to social media and public affairs campaigns.
BPAG won the night’s biggest award, Best of Show, which honors the entry with the highest overall score and standard of excellence in public relations, for our “Preserve our Crestview” external communications campaign on behalf of Concert Golf Partners.
BPAG also brought home a Pinnacle Award in media relations, for our work on Epogee Fat Replacement in the Indianapolis media market, and an Award of Honor in the public affairs category for the Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records grassroots campaign.
As far as local commercials go, the “Hudnut Hook” public-service ad from 1977 might stand above all the rest. Four decades after it first aired, the anti-littering ad campaign that centered on late Mayor Bill Hudnut’s patented hook shot lives on.
BPAG’s own Rachel Sorvig earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) through the Universal Accreditation Board. Sorvig serves as Public Relations Director for the firm’s strategic communications team.
To earn the APR designation, Sorvig completed a rigorous process which included an examination and oral presentation to a panel of fellow APR peers. It is structured in such a way that an APR candidate must have serval years of professional experience to attain the accreditation. In addition the candidate must demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities in the practice of public relations, which includes communication theory, planning, management science and ethics.
There are more than 5,000 active accredited practitioners worldwide who have successfully pursued this voluntary certification. Sorvig is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America Hoosier Chapter.
Indianapolis Business Journal
As the youngest principal at one of the largest public affairs and lobbying firms in Indiana, Miller is at the forefront of connecting businesses, not-for-profits and other groups to government.
Junior achievement leaders and volunteers – including BPAG’s own Andy Miller – met with students at IPS William Mckinley School Number 39.
Indianapolis Business Journal
Jennifer Ping, Principal and Managing Director of Strategic Business Services at BPAG was just named to the IBJ’s Women of Influence Class of 2016.
IBJ’s Women of Influence program is in its 10th year of recognizing women who have risen to the highest levels of business, the arts and public service in central Indiana. The 2016 class includes 23 women with diverse experiences and achievements. Honorees include an advocate for children, a federal judge, higher education executives and health professionals.
In the Spotlight: Trevor Vance gives voice to client Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in policy debate on future of auto sales
Indianapolis Business Journal
“When Tesla was made for the 1 percent, we handled the 99 percent,” Trevor Vance, who represents the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, told legislators at the committee hearing Tuesday. “Now that they want to start making a half-million cars a year, we think that the general public or the other 99 should be protected under our state franchise laws.”
BPAG Insight: The Workforce of the Future: A Policy Discussion on STEM and Computer Science Education
America’s long-term global competitiveness is dependent on the development of a strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. In fact, careers in STEM are the fastest growing industry in the United States and computing occupations make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs within STEM.
How do we prepare today’s generation of American children and teens to be tomorrow’s workforce? What policy reforms are needed at the federal, state, and local levels to support computer science education and put more computers in classrooms? What public-private partnerships are helping to engage young Americans in computer science and STEM?
The Hill and Microsoft convened policymakers, industry executives, and educators — including BPAG’S James Brown — to discuss work readiness and computer science education.
After Donald Trump won the Indiana primary and his opponents dropped out of the race, the political elite began pontificating on the great division in the Republican Party. The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and all the major networks led with stories about this huge chasm and how detrimental it could be for the Republicans in November.
Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court today. What should be a meaningful moment for American democracy has been tarnished by the childish partisan bickering of our U.S. Senators over the last four years.
BPAG’s Paul Mannweiler recently penned an article for INforefront – the IBJ’s online opinion forum representing opinions from across Indiana and the political and ideological spectrum.
Each week a group of INsiders offers perspective on the week’s top stories. This week, we sound off on on Lilly’s plans for $850 million in U.S. investment and UIndy doubling down on engineering with the help of a big gift.
BPAG’s Roger Harvey shares his insider thoughts.
State lawmakers are set to discuss a road funding bill on Tuesday morning. House Bill 1002 would raise the gas tax by $0.10 per gallon and add a new vehicle registration fee.
BPAG’s Amy Cornell chats with WISH-TV about the agricultural impact.
Amy Cornell, second vice president at Bose Public Affairs Group LLC and of counsel at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, has been selected to serve as the next President of Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI). Official duties transitioned to Cornell at the 2017 AIC Conference and Expo on January 26 and 27.
Formed in 2001, ACI brings together two longstanding agribusiness associations: the Indiana Grain and Feed Association (formed in 1902) and the Indiana Plant Food and Agricultural Chemicals Association (formed in 1966). Today, ACI has approximately 450 member companies spanning the Midwestern grain, feed, fertilizer and ag chemical industries.
At Bose Public Affairs Group, Cornell is a member of the firm’s state and local government relations team. In addition, Cornell is of counsel with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as part of the Agribusiness Group. Most recently she served as Policy Advisor and Counsel to Indiana Farm Bureau.
Hoosier Ag Today
Wednesday snowfall may have temporarily hidden some Indiana potholes, but the debate on how to fund a long-term solution for repairs and improvements to Indiana roads and bridges continues at the statehouse. A recent study rates forty percent of Indiana county roads in poor condition, hampering farmers’ ability to move their own equipment and get products to market.
Agribusiness attorney Amy Cornell says farmers and rural businesses should get involved in the funding debate.
With President Obama in the final days of his Presidency, he gave his final speech in Chicago, he took his last flight on Air Force One and he honored his last sports team, the Chicago Cubs. It will take decades for the scholars and historians to truly assess his mark on history and for the American public to ascertain his rating among our 58 Presidents.
Leaders of ElectroSpec, including company CEO Jeff Smith, greeted Senator Donnelly on October 21, 2016, where Smith explained the company’s Steriplate process, shared background on ElectroSpec and the Franklin, Indiana company’s focus on electroplating, passivation and heat treating services for the medical, automotive, aerospace, military and RF/microwave industries. Donnelly was enthusiastic about possible applications for the SteriPlate antimicrobial process and was pleased to learn of the Department of Defense’s interest in investigating how SteriPlate could improve outcomes for surgical patients including amputees.
Today’s STEM students are tomorrow’s researchers, scientists, doctors, astronauts and engineers, as well as the teachers who will prepare future generations to follow in their footsteps. They will face tremendous challenges, which in turn present the possibility of doing amazing things that can transform the world as we know it. They will be tasked with preserving our natural resources, advancing technology, curing diseases and protecting our citizens. That is why it is so important that we attract and nurture these future change-makers by getting children hooked on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at an early age.
Federal legislation soon will allow some U.S. manufacturers a major tax break. Manufacturers using materials not available in the United States or sold domestically in insufficient quantities can be exempted from federal tariff payments. Currently, manufacturing imports into the United States require full duty payments.
In May 2016, Congress directed the International Trade Commission (ITC) to establish a process for U.S. manufacturers to seek relief from duties on imported goods necessary for their production. Such tariffs currently are imposed by the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (Schedule).
Since 2012, the Schedule has not been updated by Congress with miscellaneous tariff bills, or MTBs. In the absence of MTBs, manufacturers have been paying the entirety of import tariffs. The National Association of Manufacturers estimates this cost to U.S. businesses a total of $748 million. If your business has contributed to this balance, you soon will be able to petition to avoid these tariff payments on future purchases.
The ITC posted draft submission forms for comment on its website in mid-June, 2016. The ITC will provide the final steps in the process manufacturers can use to seek relief by October 15, 2016, after which manufacturers can submit their petitions for relief.
However, simply submitting the form is not a foregone conclusion of tariff relief. The submitted petition has to be analyzed by the ITC to verify that the business truly has exhausted all options and cannot obtain the goods in sufficient quantities in the United States. Therefore, businesses need to carefully prepare the forms and be ready to defend their petitions to the ITC. Having support from legislative and administrative leaders also may be helpful in efforts to include the business on the ITC’s final approved list and to add the petition to the final legislation that ultimately will grant the tariff relief.
Also, timing will be of essence once the submission process begins. The opportunity to petition for the tariff relief is expected only to be offered once every three years, so having knowledgeable manpower and sufficient resources to devote to the project in short order will be critical.
Bose Public Affairs Group LLC can help guide your company through this new process with the goal of saving significant taxes on your production costs. For more information, please contact Penny Farthing or Patty Power to discuss your needs and questions.
Indiana played a pivotal role yesterday in deciding and translating the 2016 Presidential Primary Election. This time last year the political establishment was telling us Hillary Clinton had no competition for the Democrat nomination and Jeb Bush had the money and organization to win the Republican nomination.