February 4, 2022

The Report

IU leading pioneering effort to share big data and facilitate new connections to address skills gap, substance abuse and other major challenges in Indiana

A pioneering and expanding partnership between Indiana and its flagship public university—designed to create and foster greater access to value-added data and information—is helping government, non-profit and private-sector organizations increase problem-solving and positively address several major challenges facing communities across the Hoosier state. These issues include, among others, substance abuse, educational disparities, food insecurity and workforce development.  

The Indiana Data Partnership, launched by the state and three nationally recognized research centers within Indiana University, is an enhancement of the state's Management Performance Hub, which aims to serve vital public needs by providing state agencies and service organizations with access to key data and analytics to inform their decision-making. 

"The collaboration among these leading IU centers in direct partnership with our state is truly unprecedented," says David Gard, IU assistant vice president for university economic engagement.

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Statehouse Update

The fifth week of the legislative session was a planned short week as the House and Senate reached third reading deadlines on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Bills must pass on third reading out of their originating chamber to still be eligible to become law in the second half of session. Of the 417 bills filed in the Senate, only 161, or 38%, survived. The House passed even fewer bills—104, or 24%, of the 432 filed. The 265 remaining bills will be assigned to the opposite chamber’s committees and will be eligible to be heard in committee beginning next week.

Statehouse Update • February 4, 2022


Federal Update

The Federal Relations team continues to monitor the House’s consideration of the America COMPETES Act, H.R. 4521. This week, the House began debate on H.R. 4521 and considered a series of amendments to the legislation, and is expected to vote today to pass the bill.

Passage of this legislation will set the stage for the House and Senate to come together in a conference committee to resolve differences between the America COMPETES Act and the Senate’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA).

Federal Update • February 4, 2022


IU News

New NIH milestone reflects IU School of Medicine's major impact on Hoosier health, economy

In her latest weekly blog, Indiana University President Pamela Whitten shared the news that the IU School of Medicine has received a record-breaking $217 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for the 2021 federal fiscal year. The prestigious funding will help accelerate the progress that IU medical faculty are making toward eliminating some of the state's and nation's biggest health challenges. They will also continue the major economic impact the nation's largest school of medicine is having on the Hoosier state. Read President Whitten's blog

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O'Neill Online students develop real-life solutions with Indiana communities

Online master's students at the IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs will participate in a week-long residency program this summer to improve the lives of southern Indiana residents with help from the IU Center for Rural Engagement. Read full story


Federal grant supports university center advancing electrified and autonomous vehicles at IUPUI

The School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI has received a U.S. Economic Development Administration award to support its work advancing the next generation of electrified and autonomous vehicles. A five-year, $300,000 grant will fund a new regional initiative that will help Indiana advance to the forefront of autonomous vehicle transportation systems and seize new economic development opportunities, including in the state's manufacturing and logistics sectors, as these intelligent transportation systems evolve. Read full story


President Whitten speaks to IN Chamber

IU President Whitten recently sat down with IN Chamber, the podcast of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, to discuss her top priorities for IU, including preparing IU students to meet the evolving workforce development needs of the state and help strengthen the Hoosier economy. Listen to the podcast


James T. Morris retires from Board of Trustees after decades of service

Longtime IU trustee and alumnus James T. Morris has retired from the IU Board of Trustees after serving on and off for decades. Gov. Eric Holcomb most recently reappointed him in 2019. "Jim Morris leaves a long-lasting impact on Indiana University with all that he accomplished during his time as a trustee," Holcomb said. Read full story