For the Sport of It

What’s your favorite Indiana sports movie?

BizVoice recently provided a feature on Indiana’s most notable sports films. Check out the article, and vote for your favorite movie at www.bizvoicemagazine.com. You can also leave a comment of your own — maybe let us know if there’s another film that should be on the list. For example, I bet folks down in Jefferson County might contend "Madison" should be here somewhere.

Let us know what you think!

City-County Unification: Pittsburgh Trying

The UniGov relationship between Indianapolis and Marion County that developed 40 years ago remains more the exception than the norm. Discussions of city-county working agreements in Fort Wayne and Evansville, among other places, have taken place in recent years.

The local government efficiency focus in-state has shifted to the Kernan-Shepard Commission and its 27 recommendations. Perhaps no issue is more important to long-term economic reform. Count the Indiana Chamber (with an assist from former Gov. Joe Kernan) among the chief advocates in spreading the word and working for enactment.

Louisville/Jefferson County is the recent model of success (2005 BizVoice story). Other city-county consolidations, according to Governing magazine: Nashville/Davidson County, Jacksonville/Duval County, Boston, Denver, New Orleans, Honolulu, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

A potential marriage between Pittsburgh and Allegheny County has never gained traction. Officials keep trying, but the latest proposal would exempt the county’s 129 other municipalities (129; seems like local government on steroids).

Pennsylvanians will have their say later this year at the polls. Indiana voters will be going to the polls in referendum elections for 43 township assessors (much more to come on that topic) with the General Assembly and others tackling comprehensive reform in 2009.

Government Book a Tremendous Tool for Students, Historians, Those with Time on Their Hands

Are you an educator who’s worried that your students think Johnny Appleseed was Indiana’s first governor? Do they believe Jefferson County was named after Weezie? Or are you concerned your pupils might perceive John Mellencamp as their state representative? Granted, "the Coug" is a staple around these parts, but as of yet he only sings at political events; he doesn’t campaign at them.

If any of these are true, then you have a Stage Five educational emergency. Any medical apprentice at Conner Prairie will tell you the traditional remedy for this has long been the Indiana Chamber’s Here Is Your Indiana Government book. Since its development in 1942, this book has been used by the community and hundreds of thousands of students at all levels to learn about Indiana and how Hoosiers govern themselves. It’s ideal for political and government teachers looking to add to their curriculum in the fall semester.

As Mr. Mellencamp poetically put it, "this is our country." So let’s all do our part by learning about it.