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Capital Comments: What Will Happen When the Social Security Trust Fund Runs Out?

Social Security trustees just published their annual report about the program’s finances. They predict that the combined $2.8 trillion...

Capital Comments: The Envelope from the County Treasurer

It was printed in bold letters on the front of the envelope. “Open Immediately. Property Tax Notice Enclosed.” It was the annual...

Capital Comments: A Simple View of the Economy Helps Us Understand Growth

People use tools to make goods and services, which other people buy. Gross domestic product is our measure of the value of goods and services. It...

Capital Comments: How Much Will Homeowner Property Tax Bills Rise in 2024?

Last year Indiana homeowners were hit with property tax bill increases averaging 17 percent, an extraordinary increase. Will it happen again in...

Capital Comments: Farmland Property Taxes May Keep Increasing

The memo was posted at the end of December, on the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance website. It announced the base rate for farmland...

Capital Comments: Taking Inflation Apart

Since then inflation has come down a lot. As of November 2023, prices were 3.1 percent higher than a year before. That’s good news. 

Helping Those Most in Need

As we enter the 'holiday season,' I encourage you to reflect on how you can make a positive difference in the lives of those who need...

Capital Comments: How Much Will Homeowner Property Taxes Rise in 2024?

The second installment for 2023 property taxes was due earlier this month. If you’re a homeowner, either you sent a check to your county...

Capital Comments: How Can a Homeowner Calculate the Cost of a School Referendum?

Election Day is coming up, and 12 Indiana school districts have put property tax referendums on the ballot. Voters who own homes will want to know,...

How Do States Manage Without Individual Income Taxes?

Indiana has an individual income tax to help pay for state services. Indiana raises about $8 billion a year from its state income tax, which is 36%...

Capital Comments: Supply Chain Pressure is Easing, and so is Inflation

The 12-month inflation rate began to rise in early 2021 and peaked at 8.9 percent in June 2022. Since then it’s fallen to 3.3 percent. Not so...

Capital Comments: Indiana State Balances and the Pension Stabilization Fund

The Indiana fiscal new year is upon us, having begun on July 1. The big New Year’s celebration happened on July 13, with the...

Capital Comments: Will the Inflation Rate Keep Falling?

Inflation is coming down. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which measures the Consumer Price Index, reported the 12-month inflation rate for May at...

Capital Comments: The General Assembly Delivers Some Property Tax Relief

Indiana homeowner tax bills increased 17 percent on average this year, the largest increase in years. Other property owners saw big increases too....

Capital Comments: An Extra Billion and a Half in State Revenue

The state revenue forecast upped its prediction of revenues for the rest of this fiscal year and the coming biennium, 2023-25, by $1.5 billion over...

Capital Comments: Property Tax Bills are Increasing a Lot in 2023

Indiana county treasurers soon will mail property tax bills to owners of homes, rental housing, farmland, and businesses. Most will see big...

Capital Comments: Solar Energy Projects and Property Taxes

Utilities are building a lot of solar energy projects in Indiana. Fields of solar panels will become a common part of our landscape. This may help...

Capital Comments: Farmland Property Tax Misery Has Company

Farmland assessments for property taxes are going up.  So are home, rental housing and business assessments. Property tax misery has a lot of...

Capital Comments: State Revenue Growth Will Return to Normal

Thursday, December 15, was a much-anticipated day at the Indiana Statehouse. It was Revenue Forecast Day, when the General Assembly heard the...

Capital Comments: Holiday Inflation Cheer

The holidays are here. Time for good cheer and happy thoughts, even if candy canes and sugar plums cost 7.8 percent more this year than last.

Capital Comments: Cost of Living Adjustments

Inflation has been so low for so long that we hardly noticed them. Now inflation is the highest it’s been in 40 years, and COLAs are in the...

Capital Comments: The Housing Market is Cooling Off

The Federal Reserve is serious about battling inflation. They’ve raised their policy interest rate from near zero in February to an average...

Capital Comments: Is this a Recession?

Is this a recession? Real gross domestic product has dropped for two straight quarters. Real GDP is our measure of goods and services produced,...

Creating A Digital Ready Business

The Purdue Extension Digital Ready program is designed to help small businesses learn to leverage online tools and services to grow their business....

Capital Comments: $6 Billion in Balances

Mid-July is number-cruncher nirvana if you follow the Indiana state budget. That’s when the State Budget Agency releases its closeout for the...

Capital Comments: Shocked and Not Shocked by Home Assessments

Every year about this time homeowners receive a Form 11 from their county assessor. It’s the notice of assessment of land and structures, and...

Capital Comments: The Residential Share of Property Taxes is on the Rise

Here’s one way to think about property taxes: The local government sets its budget, subtracts all other tax revenue, and raises the remainder...

BR&E Next Steps

Over the past several months, my column has provided an overview of all five of the Business Retention & Expansion Program (BR&E) modules...

Workshops to Improve your Business’ Online Presence and Increase Sales

In 2017, Extension Community Development and the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) sought a way to help Indiana small businesses...

The Final Report

Ribbon cuttings with large gold scissors often celebrate the wins of communities as businesses open. What steps are taken as companies add...

Analyze Results

Driving across dusty country roads, we often find tattered traffic signs, including old detour signs that invite us to create a new path or stay on...

Capital Comments: What Will Happen to Inflation?

The inflation rate was 7.5 percent from January 2021 to January 2022, the highest inflation in 40 years. It arrived suddenly and unexpectedly. A...

Gaining Community Support

What does it mean to live and belong to a community? By definition, belonging to a community requires an affinity for that community and having the...

Gather Information

Knock! Knock! The wrapping of knuckles on the large, dark door frame bellows down the corridor of the distillery. The distillery marks the history...

Capital Comments: What Happens to Property Taxes During Inflation?

The property tax is the biggest source of tax revenue for most Indiana local governments, and they were worried about the effect of the COVID...

Assembling the BR&E Task Force

Three-legged stools are important concepts in economic development. Communities need attraction, retention and expansion by their companies so that...

Business Retention and Expansion

America is scattered with small companies, and they compose the culture that defines our communities. A business retention and expansion program is...

Investing in Company Culture

When it comes to business success, focusing on survival often trumps focusing on mission and vision. However, research reminds us that...

Capital Comments: What Three Forecasts Say About Our Economic Future

Where is our economy going? Let’s ask some folks whose job it is to forecast the future of the U.S. economy. How about looking at three...

The Priority is People

Over the course of time, most companies develop and establish a set of priorities – either intentionally or unintentionally – from...

Employee Wellness Programs Increase Health & Prosperity

Businesses have encouraged employees to take a part in their own health for decades. As society has gradually become more health-conscious,...

Go From “Survive” to “Thrive” in 2021

Business owners in 2021 have witnessed many aspects of operations change over the past 24 months. The small business space is always changing, but...

Against All Odds: One Business’s Pandemic Survival Story

Driven by the work ethic her mother instilled in her, Sherri Bryant established Team Bryant six years ago when she moved to Indianapolis. She...

Remote Work Certification

Before the pandemic, a digital media company in Denver with 100 employees, was embarking on an expansion to double its size. On March 11, 2020,...

Switch It Up! Doing the Pandemic Pivot by Exploring New Resources

The Pandemic has required instrumental and pivotal business adjustments in the economic landscape of companies. Traditional norms have been...

Business Retention and Expansion

COVID-era technology allows workers to accept positions virtually anywhere, and anywhere virtually.  For that reason, individuals can choose...

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?

As you reflect on 2020 and embark on 2021, consider how you relate to others. How often have you judged an experience or a situation only to arrive...

Poised to Pivot

Regardless of what industry you are in, the prevailing question now is: How can your company survive the COVID-19 “new normal” we are...

Let’s Shake it Up!

We have always heard that change is good and change brings about new ideas. What happens when an event, business or community fail to change? When...

Purdue Launches Small Business Connections through EIRPC

Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and Purdue Extension – Community Development (CDEXT) want to help small businesses shift toward...

Q4 2020 Trends

In the midst of the pandemic, economic environments have shifted significantly. Competitiveness has increased tenfold, businesses are examining how...

Shifting Tides

History has a way of repeating itself. Within the world of fashion, mullets have reappeared in adolescents. Men are wearing shorter, tighter shorts...

Blackford County Receives Two Rounds of Funding for Local Business COVID-19 Support

On April 30, when Lt. Governor Crouch announced that 61 communities had received COVID-19 response funds, Blackford County was among them because...

Developing Employee Engagement through Leadership

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, companies and communities have been running extremely lean on virtually every front, especially in the human...

Small Business Resources to Support Economic Retention and Recovery

This article contains a list of resources for Indiana small businesses to support economic retention and recovery related to the COVID-19...

Local Leaders Explore Property Tax System in Purdue Extension Workshop

Purdue Extension provided a free workshop for local leaders to learn about Indiana’s property tax system and explore trends in local and...

Local Government Leadership Workshop Explains Election Process Requirements

Lake County Extension collaborated with the Lake County Clerk’s office and the Board of Elections & Registration to present the...

Purdue Extension Land Use Team Launches American Citizen Planner Program in Indiana

The American Citizen Planner program, which provides training in core competencies for public planning officials, is now being offered in Indiana...

Tracking 21st Century Diversity in Indiana Counties

As globalization continues to chug along and the digital age continues to take hold, communities in Indiana need to adapt in order to remain...

Increase Your Business’s Online Presence by Downloading Our New App

Purdue Extension Community Development (CD) and the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) is ecstatic to announce the release of our...

Skillful Indiana: Governor’s Coaching Corps

Workforce development – a commonly tossed around buzz word – but what exactly is it and what does it look like here in Indiana? For...

Year-End Reflections and Plans for the New Year

As 2019 comes to a close, the Extension Community Development team wishes you a new year filled with health, happiness and spectacular success....

Getting Down to Business About the Digital Ready Businesses Program

Earlier this year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Technology Engagement Center published a report commissioned by Amazon looking at the digital...

Fostering Economic Stability – Communities Working Together to Drive Progress

So often my travels leave me weaving alongside desolate country roads that are sparsely populated and towns that are blighted with empty, dusty...

Purdue Extension Community Development Responds to Needs in Your Community

Purdue Extension has offices in all ninety-two counties in Indiana. Through these offices, our educators are able to spend their workdays (and live...

Running for Local Office Seminar Gets Future Local Candidates Ready to Campaign

On September 24, 2019, Purdue Extension Community Development educator, Amanda Galloway, and Tippecanoe County Clerk, Julie Roush, presented to...

Extension Invests in Preparing the Next Generation of Community Leaders

In the last ten years, Indianapolis has embarked on a positive economic path with initiatives such as the “quality of life” plans,...

Effective Business Meetings – Reducing the Stress and Increasing Productivity

Raise your hand if you have attended any business meeting that you roll your eyes and think that the meeting is too long? So often, the agenda and...

The Key to Being More Productive? Try Slowing Down

In a world where we are constantly asked to have more things completed, assigned more tasks and given more responsibilities, it seems there is a...

Learning Essential Skills to Engage Difficult Conversation

Conversations move life forward. They can also stop things from moving forward. Relationships begin and end on conversations. Teams are formed and...

Beekeeping A-Z Class

In March of 2015, Purdue Extension Floyd County started offering beginning beekeeping classes. These first classes were met with much enthusiasm!...

CELP Graduates Making Local and National Impacts

Three graduates of the Community Economics and Leadership Program (CELP) recently utilized the education they received through the four-month...

With Social Media, Markets are Reaching Much Farther

In the scope of society, we have multiple branches of communication. The facets we see depend on our generation, tastes and preferences and where...

Generational titles — why do we even need them?

Educate, validate, and elevate our employees so they can be the best version of themselves, help them in this regard to identify opportunities for...

Purdue Initiative for Family Firms Helps Build Stronger Family Businesses

Family firms comprise 80-90% of all business enterprises and range from mom-and-pop stores to corporate giants. Family businesses are an important...

The Often Overlooked Economic Development Strategy: Business Retention and Expansion

Former professor Dr. David Birch of MIT found that up to 80% of job growth in any community is generated by the businesses already located there...

Attitudes Influence Change

How do communities change? The answer is quite easy. Change is implemented through attitude. Although the answer is easy, getting to that answer is...

Internet Sales Tax

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes, even in areas where they have no physical presence....

Assistant Program Leader Presents to Community Economics and Leadership Program (CELP) Participants

Michael Wilcox, Assistant Program Leader for Purdue Extension Community Development, was the May 10 guest speaker for the Community Economics and...

Reaching Successful Economic Development in the Community

The building goes dark, the manager locks the door for the last time, brown paper cascades down windows that once held signs of sales and...

Understanding Indiana’s Local Tax Systems

Local government finance is complex and has become even more so since the implementation of the property tax caps in 2008. In 2016, taxpayers...

Effective Leadership – Where Did It Go?

‘Leader’ is defined as a person to guide a way by going in advance. Leadership is an important function of management, which helps to...

You Can Say “No” in Business

Whether you are an entrepreneur, want to be one or not, we have all had those days of splitting headaches, not enough hours in the day and when the...

How Co-Working Spaces and Incubators Differ

Recently I had the opportunity to join in on an Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) Listening Session in Sullivan. The information shared...

Wired Publication Quotes Roberto Gallardo

Wired’s article, “Redefining ‘Broadband’ Could Slow Rollout In Rural Areas’, utilized remarks from our own Roberto...

Gallardo’s Broadband Study Cited

In a globally connected world, access to the internet can link people to a variety of resources that can be of value in their daily living, such as...

Bubbling Up Your Business On The Internet

Growth in business is a challenge for many companies and realizing constraints is the first step in the process. For many business owners, the...

Community Rolls Out Small Business and Entrepreneurial Website

That’s the message that Rushville and Rush County are championing with the launching of the community’s own entrepreneurial website....

Cultivating Diversity and Differences

Hiring employees from various backgrounds, cultures and experiences leads to workplace diversity. The vast majority of employers view diversity as...

Business Communication Techniques

Main Street corridors and county lines no longer bound society. The geographic boundaries of business expand nationally and globally for many small...

Purdue Program Helps Expand Jobs for Small Indiana Firms

Small businesses are the primary driver of job growth in Indiana. In fact, existing second stage businesses generated 36% of all new jobs in...

It’s Time to Embrace Small Businesses

Did you know that half of all businesses in Indiana are small businesses? These companies are the economic drivers of the local economy. Typically,...

WLFI News Features Logansport’s HCI Activities

The story highlighted a key goal of the local HCI team, which is to share the story of the community’s rich history and local assets. The...

USDA Rural Development, Purdue University Expand Program to Assist Regional Economic Development

USDA Rural Development (RD) State Director Philip G. Lehmkuhler today announced the designation of a new North Central Indiana region for the next...

Business Retention & Expansion Program Piloted in Parke County

In January 2015, Purdue’s Community Development Educators were trained by Ohio State University to implement their comprehensive,...

How to Read Your Property Tax Bill

Property taxes in Indiana are paid in two installments, due May 10 and November 10 of each year. We are fast approaching the due date for the...

Community Leaders in Southwest Indiana Learn More about Indiana’s Property Tax System

Local governments have faced many fiscal challenges in the past several years, from the Great Recession to property tax cap losses, creating a...

Purdue University Plays Key Role in Stronger Economies Together Program

A team of Purdue University community and regional development professionals will play a key role in advancing the efforts of two groups of Indiana...

A Powerful Network: Purdue Extension Support is Critical to Small Businesses

Purdue Extension’s involvement in community development initiatives helps individuals, businesses and communities acquire the knowledge and...