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In the Spotlight: Doug Brown and Amy Cornell Recognized with 2017 Leadership in Law Awards

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.

In the Spotlight: BPAG Takes Home Top Honors for its Strategic Communications Campaigns

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.

In the Spotlight: Where in the world is the ‘Hudnut Hook?’

Indianapolis Star

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.

Read more here.


In the Spotlight: Rachel Sorvig Earns Accreditation in Public Relations

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.


In the Spotlight: 2017 IBJ Forty Under 40 — Andrew Miller

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.

Read more here.


BPAG Insights: IPS Students Learn Important Skills Thanks to Junior Achievement Leaders

WXIN

Junior achievement leaders and volunteers – including BPAG’s own Andy Miller – met with students at IPS William Mckinley School Number 39.

Read more here.


In the Spotlight: 2016 Woman of Influence – Jennifer Ping

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.

Read more here.


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.”

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: The Workforce of the Future: A Policy Discussion on STEM and Computer Science Education

The Hill

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.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: Democrats Hate to Miss Out on a Good Political Fight

INforefront

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.

Read more here.


BPAG Insights: The U.S. Senate has given both Republicans and Democrats something to rue!

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.

Read more here.

BPAG Insights: Lilly Investments, UIndy Engineering, Former Indy GM Site

INsiders

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.

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BPAG Insights: Local farmers say bad road conditions are hurting business

WISH-TV

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.

Read more here.


In the Spotlight: Agribusiness Council of Indiana appoints Amy Cornell as President

Growing Indiana

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.

Read more here.


BPAG Insights: Long-term Indiana Infrastructure Push Heats Up

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.

Read more here.


BPAG Insights: Obama’s Presidency and the Democratic Party

INforefront

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.

Read more here.


In the Spotlight: Senator Donnelly Visits ElectroSpec in Franklin, Indiana

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.


In the Spotlight: We must invest in a well-educated STEM workforce

The Hill

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.

Read more here.


Potential Tariff Relief on the Horizon for Manufacturers Who Import Materials

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.

BPAG Insight: Indiana Voters ARE Important

INforefront

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.

Read more here.


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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.”

Read more here.


In the Spotlight: We must invest in a well-educated STEM workforce

The Hill

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.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: The Workforce of the Future: A Policy Discussion on STEM and Computer Science Education

The Hill

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.

Read more here.


Potential Tariff Relief on the Horizon for Manufacturers Who Import Materials

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.

BPAG Insight: Democrats Hate to Miss Out on a Good Political Fight

INforefront

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.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: Indiana Voters ARE Important

INforefront

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.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: Indiana could be the next leader in sustainability through hemp

NUVO

The revival of the hemp industry in Indiana could cause an economic, industrial, and agricultural boom for the state. BPAG’s Justin Swanson gives his insight into the debate and why he believes industrial hemp for commodities could bring a wealth of value to Indiana’s economy.

Read more here.

BPAG Insight: Women Leave STEM Jobs for the Reasons Men Want To

U.S. News & World Report

A culture study shows that men and women in STEM jobs have similar values but they lead to different actions.

BPAG’s James Brown provides his insight on the topic.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: Legislators bet on fantasy sports

The Indiana Lawyer

With figures that say between 500,000 and 1 million Hoosiers play daily fantasy sports, state legislators decided now was the time to regulate the growing industry before it got too big.

BPAG’s Doug Brown provides his insight on the topic.

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BPAG Insight: Carolyn Elliott Provides Legislative Update at IEDA Spring Conference

Indiana Economic Development Association 2016 Spring Conference

Carolyn Elliott recently spoke at the Indiana Economic Development Association’s Spring Conference to give an update on the 2016 Indiana General Assembly “short” session. Carolyn updated the group on the status of bills dealing with transportation infrastructure, education and religious freedom.

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BPAG Insight: Help Push the City’s Education Efforts in a New Direction

Chalkbeat Indiana

Who is Ahmed Young? At age 36, he’s been a teacher in IPS, Lawrence Township and New York City, and he’s been a lawyer specializing in education law.

Read more here.


In the Spotlight: Jeff Belskus Named Indy Eleven President

Indy Eleven

Indy Eleven Professional Soccer owner Ersal Ozdemir announced today that former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO Jeff Belskus has assumed the president’s role with the North American Soccer League club effective immediately.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: Ping Elected to Chair of the Marion County Republican Party

IBJ

Jennifer Ping will be the first woman to serve as chair of the Marion County Republican Party. The party’s precinct committee members elected Ping to the post on Tuesday night. She replaces Kyle Walker, who resigned after five years in the job.

Read more here.


The Buzz: Boeing 747 to Buzz Downtown Indianapolis

WTHR

Rolls-Royce and Raytheon will be flying a Boeing 747 at low altitude during the noon hour Tuesday (December 15) to give their employees and the public a look at the Flying Test Bed aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce and sponsored by Raytheon.

Read more here.


Bose Public Affairs Group Acquires mCapitol Management’s Public Affairs Business

Veteran lobbyist Brad Queisser joins firm’s DC office

Brad Queisser PhotoBose Public Affairs Group LLC has acquired mCapitol Management’s public affairs business as part of the firm’s strategy to grow its federal, state and local government relations service lines. Veteran lobbyist Brad A. Queisser, president of mCapitol Management, will join the Washington, D.C. office of Bose Public Affairs Group as senior vice president, effective January 1, 2016.

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Justin Swanson Joins Bose McKinney & Evans and Bose Public Affairs Group

Justin Swanson_1200pxBose McKinney & Evans LLP and Bose Public Affairs Group LLC are proud to announce the hire of Justin Swanson to the law and public affairs firms.

Swanson joins Bose Public Affairs Group as second vice president and a member of the government relations team where he will concentrate on municipal procurement and legislative affairs. He also joins Bose McKinney & Evans as of counsel in the governmental services group.

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In the Spotlight: Elekta Earns Top Rank in 2015’s Best in KLAS for Radiation Therapy

WTRF

Elekta took the first place ranking in KLAS’s recently released 2015 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical & Infrastructure report. KLAS, an independent research firm, reports that Elekta has received highest scores in customer satisfaction overall when compared to its competitors in the radiation therapy market. The annual KLAS Awards ranks each company in the areas of sales and contracting, implementation and training, functionality and upgrades and services and support.

Read more here.


In the Spotlight: ANS’s Klein Talks Challenges Ahead for Industry in Power Plan Compliance

E&ETV

Last week, the White House held a nuclear energy summit that was largely positive on nuclear’s role as part of a climate change solution. Do the Obama administration’s policies echo this push on nuclear? During today’s OnPoint, Andrew Klein, president-elect of the American Nuclear Society, discusses the issues for state regulators to consider on nuclear as they craft their Clean Power Plan compliance mechanisms. He also talks about his industry’s international push ahead of next month’s climate negotiations in Paris.

Read more here.


The Buzz: House and Senate Negotiators Have Reached Preliminary ESEA Deal

Education Week

Christmas seems to have came early this year for education advocates. After weeks of long and hard negotiations, House and Senate lawmakers have reached preliminary agreement on a bill for the long-stalled reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, multiple sources say.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: Former Mayor Hudnut Offers Hogsett Advice

WIBC

Indianapolis’ longest running mayor has some friendly advice for Democratic Mayor-Elect Joe Hogsett.  Four-term, former Republican Mayor William Hudnut says it’s important for mayors to represent “all of the people,” regardless of political or cultural persuasion.  Hudnut says Hogsett is clearly already practicing that with his transition team that includes both democrats and republicans.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: Thoughts on Leadership

Bill Hudnut

Talk of leadership fills the air.  Today, Indianapolis is electing a new Mayor, and one hopes, a new leader.  On the network news, the President is challenged on his leadership in foreign affairs.  In the House of Representatives, a new speaker will be tested on his leadership skills.  Governors and mayors are calling for leadership on urban issues.  Private sector executives worry about a dearth of political leadership.

So here’s a stab at thoughts on leadership, emphasizing the “c” words  and my own experiences.  This analysis has two parts:  one mechanical, one spiritual.

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The Buzz: Hogsett Wins to be Next Indianapolis Mayor

Herald Bulletin

Democrat Joe Hogsett was elected to become the 49th mayor of Indianapolis, cruising to an easy victory on a Tuesday election night that overwhelmingly favored incumbent mayors in other big cities across Indiana.

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The Buzz: Education Secretary Duncan Stepping Down

Politico

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, an unwavering advocate for low-income and minority students and longtime basketball buddy to President Barack Obama, said Friday he will leave his post in December, ending a contentious tenure in which he moved aggressively to raise the academic bar in U.S. schools.

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The Buzz: What John Boehner Told Me the Night Before He Resigned

Washington Post

It was late Thursday at the Capitol, and the crowds had gone. Outside House Speaker John A. Boehner’s suite, the halls were empty and silent, save for a police officer strolling through the rotunda.

Read more here.


In the Spotlight: Camille Blunt to Accept ‘Breakthrough Women’ Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women

Bose Public Affairs

Bose Public Affairs Group LLC is proud to announce Camille Blunt, second vice president at the firm, will be presented the 2015 Breakthrough Women Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Indianapolis Chapter.

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BPAG Insight: It’s Not Just About Lobbying Anymore


BPAG Insight: Hudnut Wins State’s Highest Tourism Honor

Fox19 Now

Former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut was honored Friday as part of the Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Awards ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.

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In the Spotlight: RE/MAX 2015 Mid-West Recreational Property Report

RE/MAX  INTEGRA

Why aren’t you at the lake? See the 2015 Recreational Property Report for the Midwest.

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The Buzz: Pay As You Go

Politico Magazine

If you ask transportation wonks how we should really pay for our roads, one idea keeps coming up, over and over: A per-mile fee.

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BPAG Insight: A Look at The Benefit Corporation

Inside Indiana Business 

Fifteen years into the new millennium, the idea that corporate profit should be a business’ main objective has mellowed. Consumers want more, and they expect more. Led in large part by Millennials incorporating their social values into their everyday lives, more and more consumers are basing their purchasing decisions on a company’s social and environmental responsibility.

Read more here.

In the Spotlight: BPAG clients named to IBJ’s list of Fastest-Growing Companies 2015

Indianapolis Business Journal

Bose Public Affairs Group client’s Sondhi Solutions and Etica Group were named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s list of Fastest-Growing Companies 2015.

Read more here. 

BPAG Insight: Bose McKinney & Evans Collaborates with Indy Chamber for Cyber Security Presentation

Bose McKinney & Evans Blog

When Indy Chamber recently convened its Top Investor Luncheon, an invitation-only group of C-level executives and community leaders from Indianapolis gathered for a presentation on cyber security in collaboration with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

Read more here.

In the Spotlight: San Antonio Missions among new UNESCO World Heritage Sites

PBS

Five new sites around the world, including the San Antonio Missions in Texas, were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status on Sunday, officials of the United Nation’s cultural and educational body announced during their annual meeting.

Read more here.


The Buzz: Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

US News & World Report

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld one of the main tenets of President Barack Obama’s health care law, ruling 6-3 that millions of Americans are entitled to keep the tax subsidies that help them afford insurance.

Read more here.


The Buzz: ‘Engage Cuba’ Officially Launches with TV Ad


The Buzz: Why Children Are Abandoning Baseball – and Other Youth Sports

Wall Street Journal

Popular sports, including soccer and basketball, have suffered as youth sports participation in general has declined and become more specialized. A pervasive emphasis on performance over mere fun and exercise has driven many children to focus exclusively on one sport from an early age, making it harder for all sports to attract casual participants.

Read more here.


In the Spotlight: How Nuclear Power-Generating Reactors Have Evolved

The Conversation

Nuclear energy started beneath the football stands at the University of Chicago. That’s where, in late 1942, a group of scientists under Enrico Fermi created the first nuclear reactor.

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The Buzz: U.S. Removes Cuba From State-Sponsored Terrorism List

New York Times

The Obama administration on Friday removed Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a crucial step in normalizing ties between Washington and Havana and the latest progress in President Obama’s push to thaw relations between the United States and the island nation.

Read more here.


The Buzz: Facebook Use Polarizing? Site Begs to Differ

New York Times

So much information now comes through digital engines shaped by our preferences — Facebook, Google and others suggest content based on what consumers previously enjoyed — scholars have theorized that people are building an online echo chamber of their own views.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: Advice for Indianapolis’ next mayor

Indianapolis Business Journal

The next few months will set the tone for a new administration and the city’s future.

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The Buzz: Debunking the Myth That Only Drivers Pay for Roads

The Atlantic

Landing on the moon was still a wild dream the last time gas taxes paid nearly the full cost of our roads. Sure enough, when you ask people how much they pay in gas taxes, most either don’t know or think they pay much more than they really do.

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The Buzz: Counties Press for MAP-21 Reauthorization During Infrastructure Week

National Association of Counties

With MAP-21’s expiration in less than two weeks, county offi­cials’ hopes for a long-term surface transportation bill are giving way to acceptance that for now, they’ll have to make do with another extension.

Read more.


BPAG Insight: The Legislature is gone! Are we safe now?

IN Forefront

“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session”  Like everything else in life this statement is not what it appears to be.  Although Mark Twain is credited with this derogatory description of the legislature it really originated with Judge Gideon Tucker in an 1866 decision describing bad legal advice.

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In the Spotlight: Nuclear Industry Pushing for Changes to Obama’s Climate Rule

The Hill

“The community doesn’t necessarily want preferential treatment, we just want equal treatment,” said Craig Piercy, the Washington representative of the American Nuclear Society.

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The Buzz: The Golden Quarter

Aeon

Today, progress is defined almost entirely by consumer-driven, often banal improvements in information technology… As the US technologist Peter Thiel once put it: ‘We wanted flying cars, we got 140 characters.’

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In the Spotlight: Senate ESEA Push Yields Huge Victory for STEM Education

STEM Education Coalition

Last week the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee unanimously approved the Every Child Achieves Act, a bill that would comprehensively overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which has been in place since 2002.

Read more here.


BPAG Insight: BPAG Communications Work Shines at Local and Regional PRSA Award Programs

Bose Public Affairs Group

On a night the local public relations industry gathered together to let its best work shine, the members of the Bose Public Affairs Group’s Strategic Communications team took home three awards from the combined 2015 Pinnacle and Diamond Awards Banquet.

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The Buzz: Should there be a No Child Left Behind for U.S. Universities?

Brookings Institute

Public colleges get subsidies from their states based only on student “seat time” – regardless of whether students complete their programs or get good jobs afterwards. Since expanding classroom capacity in some high-demand and well-rewarded fields – like technician jobs in health care and other fields – often require expensive equipment and adjunct faculty, the public schools (especially if their resources are tight) have little incentive to do so, despite strong unmet student demand.

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In the Spotlight: HB 1273 Gets Strong Senate Support

Indy Eleven

The Indiana Senate voted 46-3 today in favor of an amended version of House Bill 1273, which would lay the framework to secure an 18,000-seat multipurpose stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

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The Buzz: A Simple Guide to the Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

New York Times

Negotiators said they reached a preliminary accord to limit Tehran’s nuclear program. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the talks.

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In the Spotlight: Dropping Dimes Foundation Launches New Website

DDF

The Dropping Dimes Foundation, a charitable organization aimed at helping disadvantaged former ABA players, launched a new website this week.

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BPAG Insight: DeVillez Spotlights as WGR Featured Member

Women in Government Relations

Aubrey recently joined the Education Task Force and the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force and looks forward to participating in these and other leadership and networking events in the WGR organization.

Read more here.


The Buzz: US Senator Dan Coats Will Not Seek Reelection

Indy Star

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats has decided not to run for reelection. “It has a lot to do with age,” he said in a phone conversation today. “If I served again and won I would be four months shy of 80 at the end of the term.”

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BPAG Insight: Mayor Ballard Demonstrates Adult Supervision

IBJ Indiana Forefront

I can drink or be obnoxious in my home but if I step into public, I should be held responsible for my actions. Does this mean the homeless person has a “right to privacy” to get drunk and obnoxious in a public park or school yard because that public space is their home?

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BPAG Insight: Ping Speaks at NAWBO 40th Anniversary Celebration

Bose Public Affairs Group

On the floor of the Indiana Statehouse, it’s not every day that you see the Assistant Democratic Caucus Chair happily hand over a microphone to the Vice Chairwoman of Indiana’s 7th District for Indiana State Republican Party.

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BPAG Insight: Sarah Owens Joins Bose Public Affairs Group

Bose Public Affairs Group

Bose Public Affairs Group LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Owens as account executive with the government relations and strategic communications firm.

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In the Spotlight: Rep. Joe Courtney “Promote STEM for Security and Prosperity”

The Hill

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations grew at three times the pace of non-STEM jobs from 2004 to 2012, a pace that is expected to continue over the next decade.

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In the Spotlight: PDAC 2015 – Westmoreland CEO a Rising Star

Financial Post

If Mr. Alessi is a bit of an unknown in the mining business today, he won’t be for long. He is the CEO of Westmoreland Coal Co., a Denver-based firm that has quietly established itself as North America’s top thermal coal company. And it’s not a particularly close race.

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In the Spotlight: Wilt Talks #Stadium4Indiana

Indy Eleven

Indiana House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of House Bill 1273, which would allow for the construction of a multipurpose stadium in downtown Indianapolis to host Indy Eleven Professional Soccer games and at least 30 other events every year.

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BPAG Insight: Warning – Cliffs Ahead

Bose Public Affairs Group

As 2015 moves along, Congress faces many legislative deadlines.

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The Buzz: House Passes One-Week Funding Extension for Homeland Security

Washington Post

The seven-day funding extension, approved by a vote of 357 to 60, came just hours before money for the department was to run out at midnight.

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The Buzz: Senate to Hold Highway Bill Hearing

The Hill

The hearing, which is the panel’s second infrastructure funding meeting this year, comes as lawmakers are facing a May 31 deadline for renewing the federal government’s current transportation spending measure.

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BPAG Insight: Piercy Named to Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee

Inside Indiana Business

Craig Piercy, managing principal of Federal Relations for Bose Public Affairs Group, has been named to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC).

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BPAG Insight: Governor Mike Pence Names Ahmed Young to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission

Bose Public Affairs Group

Ahmed Young, second vice president at Bose Public Affairs Group and an associate at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, has been named by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. In his role as a commissioner, Young will help evaluate incoming civil rights complaints.

Read more here.


The Buzz: Pence Touts Indiana Education, Work Force Efforts

INside Indiana Business

Governor Mike Pence used his time before Congress this morning to tout the state’s career and technical education efforts. During a hearing with the Education And The Workforce Committee, Pence called on legislators to give states more “resources, not red tape” to boost innovation.

Read more here.


The Buzz: Obama Budget Proposal Would Boost Spending Beyond ‘Sequestration’ Caps

Washington Post

President Obama will present a federal budget proposal on Monday that would exceed restrictive spending caps mandated by Congress four years ago and propose new capital gains and bank taxes, an effort that is likely to get bogged down in congressional opposition to taxes and big budget deficits.

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The Buzz: ESEA Testing In Flux After Senate Hearing

Education Week

The Senate education committee convened last week to take up the divisive education policy debate over whether to scrap federally mandated annual tests in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law.

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The Buzz: Indiana State of the State Address

C-SPAN

Governor Mike Pence (R) gave a report on the state of the State of Indiana to a joint session in the House Chamber.

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In the Spotlight: Senate Bill Would Ease Access to Adoptees’ Birth Records

Indy Star

Fourteen other states have repealed laws that sealed adoption records, according to the Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records.

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BPAG Insight: Tully – Democratic Stalwart Reflects on Life, Politics in His Final Days

Indy Star

The old political stories were great. So was the history lesson. But what stood out, more than anything, were the smiles.

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In the Spotlight: Hoosier Hospitals Create New Tool to Help Health Care Shoppers

IBJ

The Indiana Hospital Association is pushing ahead with a new web tool to give Hoosier patients’ price and quality information about the more than 165 hospitals around the state.

Read more here.


The Buzz: How Will Washington Change with a Republican Congress in 2015?

CBS News

Change is coming to Washington in 2015 with the Republicans controlling the House and Senate for the first time in eight years. They will have their largest House majority in more than 75 years.

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The Buzz: Bill Would Let Pence Run for Governor, White House in 2016

Indy Star

Indiana voters could find something unusual on the ballot in 2016 under a measure state lawmakers will consider next year.

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The Buzz: Who’s Been Naughty and Nice in Politics?

Politico Magazine

It’s been a very busy year in America’s capital, and once again Santa has been making his list and checking it twice, deciding which of our favorite politico types have been naughty and which have been nice. One of those lists is markedly longer than the other.

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The Buzz: The President, the Panic, and the CRomnibus

Politico

At about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer came bounding off the floor with news he had been waiting for all week.

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In the Spotlight: 2014 CFO of the Year – Scott Reinholt

IBJ

“If you go into a restaurant and have duck,” said Scott Reinholt, “It’s likely a Maple Leaf duck.”

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The Buzz: Speaker Bosma Announces House Committee Assignments

State of Indiana, House of Representatives

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced standing committee assignments today for the 119th General Assembly.

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In the Spotlight: Cyber Monday is Amazon’s Busiest Day of the Year

Indiana Dispatch

On the floor of the million-square-foot warehouse, workers push bright yellow crates filled with books, “Frozen” toys and computers.

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The Buzz: For Rep. Woody Burton, Fight Against Domestic Violence is Personal

Indy Star

The Indiana House is making a big push to increase awareness — and, possibly, funding — to fight domestic violence. For one lawmaker, that effort is deeply personal.

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The Buzz: A Wave—but No Tsunami

National Journal

Go ahead and call it a wave. Heading into Election Day at The Cook Political Report, we expected a Republican gain of five to seven Senate seats and noted it was more likely to be on the higher end of that range than the lower. As of now, it looks as if the GOP has gained seven seats, but that could grow to as many as nine once all of the votes are counted in Alaska—which could take a week or two—and pending a Dec. 6 runoff election in Louisiana.

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In the Spotlight: $100 Million ‘Phil Collins Alamo Collection’ in the Works

Rolling Stone

Remember The Alamo – and the generosity of Phil Collins. According to Reuters, the pop-rock-prog legend has donated a significant chunk of his famed Alamo artifact collection to a new museum planned for the historic tourist attraction in San Antonio, Texas.

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The Buzz: President Obama to Visit Indiana Friday

Fox 59

A White House official confirmed to FOX59 Monday that President Barack Obama would be in Indiana on Friday.

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BPAG Insight: Fixing A Polarized American Democracy

IN ForeFront

As Americans we must engage as we have throughout history to demand that our policymakers solve problems and not just resort to blaming the other party for not moving our country forward.

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The Buzz: After Five-Week Recess, Congress Might Cut September Session Short

The Hill

After a five-week summer recess that President Obama mocked as a “vacation,” the House and Senate might only be in session for a handful of legislative days before lawmakers head home to campaign for the midterm elections.

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In the Spotlight: Eli Lilly Insulin Tops Lantus in Two Tests

Indy Star

Eli Lilly and Co. reported more successful late-stage trials for a unique insulin it hopes to put on the market in the next 18 months.

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In the Spotlight: Policymakers Hail STEM Education as a Strong Foundation, Pushing Innovation

Washington Post

Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation.

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BPAG Insight: Roger Harvey and Rick Gevers & Associates President Rick Gevers on ‘Inside Indiana Business’

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The Buzz: Indiana’s First Female Chief Justice Is Named

South Bend Tribune

Loretta Rush, a longtime juvenile court judge who joined the Indiana Supreme Court in 2012, was unanimously chosen as the state’s first female chief justice Wednesday, setting the stage for what could be a long run at the court’s helm.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Visited Southern Indiana’s Entrepreneurial Community

Louisville Business First

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was getting back in touch with his roots Wednesday.

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U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett To Join Bose McKinney & Evans Law

Indiana Public Media

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett is joining the law firm Bose McKinney & Evans after announcing earlier this month that he was stepping down from his federally appointed post.

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Congressional Testimony of President of Electro-Spec on Development of Antimicrobial Finish

Electro-Spec

Jeff Smith, President/CEO of Electro-Spec, Inc. was honored to testify this morning before the United States House of Representatives: Subcommittee on Research and Technology Committee on Science, Space and Technology for the hearing entitled: Technology for the Patient Safety at Veterans Hospitals.

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House, Senate Committees Reach Tentative Agreement On VA Bill

Huffington Post

A tentative agreement has been reached by the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House veterans committees on legislation aimed at resolving the Veterans Affairs healthcare crisis, their spokesmen said on Sunday.

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Plans Unveiled for New Criminal Justice Center

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A Problem Like No Other: Science And Politics

NPR

Over the past 200 years, we’ve used science to fundamentally change the meaning of human culture via revolutions in industry, transportation and communications.

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How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts

New York Times

Five years since the end of the Great Recession, the private sector has finally regained the nine million jobs it lost. But not all industries recovered equally.

Read the full article here.


Congress detours from common sense on the Highway Trust Fund

Washington Post

Both parties want to do nothing but squabble before this year’s election.

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Mark Lawrance named new Director of IU Public Policy Institute

IU Public Policy Institute

R. Mark Lawrance has been named Director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute (PPI).

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Dallara, the manufacturer of the Indy Car chassis, featured on Good Morning America

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STEM Ed Coalition Featured on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

STEM Education Coalition

The Coalition’s Executive Director, James Brown, was featured on SPAN’s Washington Journal program this morning to discuss President Obama’s agenda for STEM education and his announcement yesterday during the White House Science fair of a new $35 million STEM teacher training effort.

Watch full video here.


Congressman Luke Messer appointed to House Financial Services Committee

Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) was officially appointed to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.

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Noblesville Gets Second Chance at Cyclotron with $30M Proposed Zevacor Molecular Project

Current in Noblesville

Noblesville may have missed out bringing the second cyclotron in the world to the city when Positron Corp. walked away from plans in July 2012, but a potential developer’s agreement will provide Noblesville with another chance.

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Manweiler: Should Indiana Retain A Citizens Legislature?

IN Forefront

Now that the Indiana House Ethics Committee has refused to find Representative Turner in violation of an ethics code, and he has been re-nominated by his constituents, I would like to discuss a much more important question.

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BPAG Proud to Sponsor 2014 Indianapolis Press Club Foundation Last Row Part

Race car fans can meet Indy 500 drivers at the “Last Row Party” on Thursday, May 22nd from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Register for the event here.


Zeke Turner: Issue Isn’t My Father, but Nursing Home Quality

Indy Star

This past week, the House Ethics Committee cleared Rep. P. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, of any impropriety in the defeat of the proposed nursing home moratorium.

Full article here.


Hammond shifts recycling to Republic Services

nwi.com

Hammond is moving its recycling program from a division of the Department of Public Works to a private contractor.

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Meet Dan Seitz with BPAG’s New Strategic Advisory Services Team

Dan Seitz has more than four decades of experience representing diverse public policy interests in the Indiana legislature and working with Indiana regulatory agencies.

Find out more here.


ICYMI: Roger Harvey joined the INsiders with Gerry Dick on IIB

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Meet John Whitaker with BPAG’s New Strategic Advisory Services Team

As a veteran executive who has amassed extensive experience in the energy industry, Whitaker works with clients on a variety of issues related to energy, utilities and economic development.

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Bose Report: 2014 General Assembly Overview

This year’s session was known as a short session because the state budget is only dealt with on a biennial basis during odd-numbered years in a long session.

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