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BizVoice/Indiana Chamber – July/August 2014
Agriculture is at the very roots of our state – and country’s –
history. And while it will never enjoy the overall
economic dominance it once held, don’t try diminishing
its importance to any of the thousands of farmers and their
families who work the land across the state.
Innovation is at the forefront of today’s business conversations.
Create the next big thing – and do it better, smarter and
faster than the competition. That applies to products and
services, as well as new organizations that evolve from
start-ups to standouts.
The agriculture legacy and the promise of innovation are not exclusive of each other.
The cover depiction of drones flying over a farmer’s field is a fast-approaching reality
and an area of unquestioned future growth.
This issue’s
Indiana Vision 2025
section on Dynamic and Creative Culture, with
innovation in the spotlight, features:
• Drones and the next steps for Indiana despite not being selected as a federal testing site
• Velocity Indiana, a promising southeastern Indiana accelerator and co-working initiative
• Launch Indiana, building on the success of Launch Fishers and seeking to connect
more entrepreneurs to the resources they need
• A one-on-one conversation with Kent Parker, an Indiana native who is back home
part-time after a successful career
On the agricultural front, we focus on the continuing economic impact of the industry.
We also highlight two intriguing stories:
• Twin brothers Ted and Tom McKinney, the former the current leader of the Indiana
State Department of Agriculture and the latter a seventh-generation family farmer
• Beck’s Hybrids, which continues its expansion of what is already the largest family-
owned seed business in the country
The Indiana Chamber communications team recently earned four Indiana Society of
Professional Journalism awards and two national APEX honors, bringing the
total to 69 national and state honors since 1999. Your comments and suggestions on
magazine stories and future topics are most welcome and appreciated.
Thank you, as always, for reading
Kevin M. Brinegar
President and CEO
Kevin Brinegar
Tom Schuman
(317) 264-3792
Art Director
Tony Spataro
Managing Editor
Rebecca Patrick
Charlee Beasor
Matt Ottinger
Symone C. Skrzycki
Alyssa DelPrete
Jim Wagner
(317) 264-6876
To inform and influence
Indiana Chamber Chair
Patty Prosser
Career Consultants-Oi Partners, Indianapolis
Indiana Chamber Vice Chair
Tom Easterday
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Lafayette
President and CEO
Kevin Brinegar
(ISSN 1521-0146) is published bimonthly by the
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Powerful Combo:
Ag and Innovation
July/August 2014 | Volume 17, Number 4
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