Everest Veteran Elzinga Talks About Safety

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Jim Elzinga, founder of Safety Culture Solutions, is known for conquering Mount Everest as one of Canada’s few elite Alpinists. He regaled attendees at today’s 2016 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo in Indianapolis about his experiences during his speech, “Triumph and Tragedy on Mount Everest.”

Chamber Welcomes New Membership Manager for Northern Indiana

chamberlainMonica Chamberlain has joined the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as its new membership manager for the north central and northeastern regions of the state.

Chamberlain had spent the last seven years increasing revenue and enrollment at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, serving as the associate vice president of enrollment management. She was the institution’s director of admissions for three years prior.

Chamberlain resides in Fort Wayne and will continue to work out of that location.

She will be charged with business development in 29 Hoosier counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Madison, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Tipton, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

Chamberlain holds a master’s degree in English and a bachelor’s in French, both from Indiana University.

“Monica has a strong connection to the Fort Wayne area community and beyond. She will be reaching out and visiting businesses to let them know how Indiana Chamber membership can help grow their organizations,” says Jennifer Elkin, Indiana Chamber senior vice president of marketing.

“We are excited that Monica is on our team and look forward to her being a strong voice for the Indiana Chamber.”

Prospective Indiana Chamber members can contact Chamberlain at (317) 264-6875 or mchamberlain@indianachamber.com.

Mitch Daniels on the Future of Undergrad Education

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels doesn’t shy away from the challenges facing higher education. He embraces the opportunities and shares his insights in this one-on-one interview. Read our full interview in the latest edition of BizVoice (and the story includes a QR code link to more video of the Daniels interview). 

Rep. Susan Brooks to speak on U.S. Global Leadership

87741351Learn why America’s engagement overseas matters and what’s at stake for Indiana from Rep. Susan Brooks (R-5th District).

The program (8 a.m. Thursday, March 24 at the Conrad Indianapolis) will be hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, with the Indiana Chamber an event partner. Breakfast is provided and an RSVP is required.

Learn more and register online or contact Ashley Bradford at abradford@usglc.org.

Chamber-Supported Clean Power Amicus Brief Filed in D.C.

36886821The Indiana Chamber joined 166 other state and local business associations from 40 different states in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. last Tuesday. Circuit explaining the devastating economic impact posed by the EPA’s carbon regulations.

The lawsuit, which will be considered by a federal appeals court this summer, involves EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” rules, which aim to reconfigure state electricity systems. It is expected to be a landmark case that could shape Indiana’s energy and economic
future.

In issuing these regulations, the EPA purports to have discovered the authority to regulate how states generate, transmit and use electricity, without any authority from Congress to do so.The coalition’s brief outlines major legal and economic concerns with the rule, arguing that EPA has trampled on the rights of states to determine their own energy mix and implement environmental standards in a manner tailed to their own circumstances.

The availability of affordable electricity is a key feature of keeping America competitive in a global economy.The brief explains that EPA’s challenged rule will pose significant harm to regional and local communities, particularly in economically challenged rural areas.

Affordable, reliable energy provides our members a critical advantage in today’s intensely competitive economy. If the courts uphold EPA’s rule, that advantage could be lost and American consumers will be left footing the bill, leading to adverse ripple effects throughout the economy, which will threaten individual businesses, countless jobs and entire communities.

By prematurely and unnecessarily forcing power plants to close, EPA’s regulation will result in higher costs for electricity and all the goods and services that depend on it, which means less money remaining for health care, food, education and other critical needs.

The Indiana Chamber’s brief echoes the call from nearly 160 challengers that have filed suit against EPA, including 27 states, and a host of business, labor and consumer groups.

A decision in the case is likely to be issued by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit later this year. From there, the challenge is expected to make its way to the Supreme Court, which has ordered EPA to halt all implementation and enforcement actions on the rule until it has the opportunity to consider the case.

Be a Champion of Safety in 2016

SafetyExpoEmployers don’t achieve outstanding safety records by accident.

Equip your team with winning strategies at the 2016 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo – Be a Champion of Safety – on March 21-23 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Presented with the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and in partnership with INSafe/Indiana Department of Labor, the event is one of the largest safety conferences in the Midwest.

The Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo is sponsored by Gibson. You can still build your business and attract new clients for 2016 by sponsoring this industry-leading event. Contact Jim Wagner at (317) 264-6876 today.

Featuring 64 breakout sessions and six pre-conference workshops covering a wide range of safety and health topics, it will include continuing education credit from more than 10 accrediting organizations.

You won’t want to miss these inspiring keynote presentations:

  • Jim Elzinga (opening general session: March 22): founder and president of Heroic Hearts, and one of Canada’s elite alpinists
  • Oliver Luck (morning general session: March 23): former quarterback of the Houston Oilers, father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and executive vice president of regulatory affairs for the National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Rodney Grieve (Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards luncheon: March 23): founder of BRANTA Worldwide
  • Elzinga’s address – Triumph and Tragedy on Mount Everest: Safety Lessons From the Grand Arena – recalls his first Everest expedition, during which four lives were lost. Four years later, a determined Elzinga led an expedition that successfully climbed the mountain by discovering a new route.

“I think people learn a lot through storytelling. My story is really around values and leadership, and I see those two kind of going hand in hand,” he asserts. “In industrial settings, those are probably the two most important things that relate (most) back to safety.”

The Chamber’s largest conference also will include a hands-on confined space rescue workshop with a mobile confined space simulator; free safety, health and environmental career counseling; the opportunity to interact with 100-plus exhibitors; and much more!

A special highlight is the Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards, which will honor organizations that have made safety and health a priority. Award applications are due no later than February 1.

Cost for the three-day conference and expo is $449. Other registration options – including group discounts – are available. Register by February 20 to receive early bird discounts! For more information, go to www.insafetyconf.com.

Indy Eleven Presale Through February 29

Spring is on the way and so is the 2016 Indy Eleven soccer season. The action begins April 9 at Carroll Stadium against the Ottawa Fury.

Through our partnership with Indy Eleven, you can order tickets for this game and any other match during the 2016 Indy Eleven season before they go on sale to the general public.

Access this special presale opportunity now, running through 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 29. To order your Indy Eleven tickets starting at only $11, visit http://presale.indyeleven.com and enter the code PRESALE.

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VIDEO: Indiana Health Means Business Forum Highlights

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On Feb. 5, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted the sixth forum in a series of 10, as part of the Health Means Business campaign. In partnership with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Chamber Foundation, the Wellness Council of Indiana, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the forum brought together public and private sector stakeholders to discuss the role of business in community wellness.

You can also check out our Facebook photo album.

Temporary Halt to EPA Clean Power Rule

10044552Last summer, President Obama attempted to circumvent Congress by implementing increased regulation of carbon emissions from power plants through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This was after his climate change legislation failed twice in Congress. However, it is the responsibility of Congress – not the administration – to set policy. The successful Supreme Court appeal centered on that point.

These proceedings are especially important for Indiana, which is the number one per capita manufacturing state in the nation. Over 80% of Indiana’s electric power comes from coal, compared to only 45% for the country. Despite diversification efforts, coal remains Indiana’s primary energy source.

Skipp Kropp, attorney at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and a member of the Indiana Chamber’s Energy Committee, summarizes the legal battle and what it means. Further analysis available from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Cook Breaks Down Presidential Race

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National political analyst Charlie Cook has spent nearly four decades writing about and predicting election outcomes. All that experience and more, he told an Indiana Chamber Legislative Dinner audience of more than 700 people Tuesday night, was not enough to foresee what has taken place thus far in the 2016 presidential race.

While some candidates have ended their campaigns as a result of poor finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, plenty of questions remain. Despite Bernie Sanders’ close finish in Iowa and convincing win this week, Cook says the Vermont senator will struggle to compete in more diverse states. Hillary Clinton’s biggest obstacle at this time is her potential indictment over the use of her private email server while in the role of Secretary of State. If an indictment comes, Cook predicts that Vice President Joe Biden will quickly get a phone call asking him to reconsider his decision not to run.

On the Republican side, Cook offers that Ted Cruz has emerged as the leader of the conservatives, Donald Trump is “operating in his own lane” and the more established, traditional candidates (Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and until a few days ago Chris Christie) need to have three of them drop out and allow supporters to unite behind the one remaining. The ceiling for Trump’s support is declining, according to Cook. The veteran prognosticator calls Kasich probably the most qualified to serve as President, but at this point expects Cruz and Clinton to earn their party nominations. He notes, however, that both are very unpopular with independent and moderate voters.

In other words, stay tuned.

Governor Mike Pence provided opening remarks at the annual event, presented by Ice Miller, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.