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  • Gov. Holcomb unveils 2022 Next Level Agenda - January 3, 2022

    Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced his 2022 Next Level Agenda, which focuses on strengthening the state’s economy and focusing on areas that support that growth, including workforce training expansion, improving early childhood education efforts, advancing infrastructure projects, and increasing access to public health services.

    “The 2022 Next Level Agenda builds a foundation for a healthier state,” Gov. Holcomb said. “These priorities will cultivate a more competitive environment to attract new economic development opportunities, establish better access to public health resources and help connect Hoosiers to better employment and training opportunities. Our efforts will advance Indiana’s reputation as a state Hoosiers want to live, work, play, study and stay.”

    The 2022 Next Level Agenda details both legislative and administrative priorities in five categories for the year ahead.

    Economic development

    To continue the momentum of a robust economic development environment, the agenda focuses on working with the legislature to eliminate the business personal property tax on new equipment and modernizing the Indiana Economic Development Corporation toolkit to:

    • Create a new funding mechanism to more competitively invest in transformational economic development opportunities
    • Provide greater flexibility within our existing economic tax credit incentive programs
    • Incentivize and attract more remote worker jobs to Indiana.

    Gov. Holcomb will also collaborate with legislative leaders to ensure more than 900,000 Hoosiers receive the upcoming automatic taxpayer refund.

    Education, training and workforce development

    Gov. Holcomb will focus efforts on strengthening early learning opportunities, concentrating on better preparing students for kindergarten. He will direct the Department of Education (DOE) to establish an Office of Kindergarten Readiness to partner with the early childhood team at the Family and Social Services Administration and a revised Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) to support kindergarten readiness.

    DOE also will move forward with the Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed, a new school performance dashboard which will focus on how students are building skills for success beyond the classroom.

    DOE is also building a new teacher supply-and-demand marketplace that will connect educators with job opportunities in Indiana. Additionally, the state is strengthening its data-driven public workforce system to connect unemployed Hoosiers with employers, jobs and training programs.

    Public health and wellness development

    Gov. Holcomb is committed to removing the stigma of mental health by creating easier access to people in need of services, building awareness and expanding education and growing the workforce in mental health. The agenda supports the Governor’s Public Health Commission as it develops recommendations to improve public health infrastructure and resources throughout the state.

    With the help of legislation, the agenda includes expanding data collection surrounding sudden unexplained infant deaths to understand the root cause which will better support future programming and services. Additionally, it prioritizes creating guidelines for universal lead screening and connecting children with the proper care.

    Community development

    The 2022 Next Level Agenda will assist communities in establishing safeguards to strengthen cybersecurity efforts by developing a grant program that will help local governments develop improvement plans. Gov. Holcomb is committed to overseeing the implementation of the $500 million READI program as the 17 regions begin developing their projects. The agenda calls for continued progress on capital projects that were authorized in the current budget and building better infrastructure to connect communities for future generations by completing roads, trails, broadband and facility projects.

    Good government service

    The 2022 agenda includes a focus on firefighter safety by establishing a program that collects and properly disposes of PFAS, chemicals found in firefighting foam that can have adverse health effects.

    Also, the agenda addresses the regulatory and statutory changes prompted by the third-party review of the state’s law enforcement agencies.

    This includes Gov. Holcomb’s commitment to do the following:

    • Work with legislative leaders to enhance membership of the Law Enforcement Training Board to include more civilians as well as all satellite academy directors as voting members
    • Establish personnel at the Law Enforcement Training Board to expand development and oversight of statewide training and curriculum that includes implicit bias and cultural awareness
    • Develop a strategic plan for Indiana State Police to accomplish recruiting and diversity goals
    • Modernize state law enforcement information systems to better track and analyze performance metrics

    To watch Gov. Holcomb’s agenda announcement and learn more about Gov. Holcomb’s 2022 Next Level Agenda, visit https://www.in.gov/gov/next-level-agenda/. It will be live after the announcement.

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    Media Contact:
    Erin Murphy
    Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb
    emurphy2@gov.in.gov
    317-618-7635

  • Indiana discontinuing Afghan donation collections as population and need diminishes - December 8, 2021

    The statewide donation effort to help Afghan evacuees at Camp Atterbury will wind down this week as existing donations meet the needs of the thousands of evacuees who are being resettled across the country.

    The eight Indiana National Guard armories used as collection sites will cease collections at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10.

    The outpouring of support for the Afghans temporarily housed in Indiana has led to a surplus of some items, and planning is underway to determine how to provide needed resources in the months ahead to evacuees who have been resettled. Camp Atterbury is expected to house evacuees through the end of January.

    “The success of this initiative to support Operations Allies Welcome reaffirms the undeniable fact that Hoosier Hospitality is alive and well,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “I am extremely thankful how Indiana residents stepped up to help these evacuees, many of whom sacrificed so much for our country.”

    As of Dec. 1, Camp Atterbury reported more than 1.6 million items had been donated since Gov. Holcomb launched the statewide program in September. Data from donation efforts at other Afghan safe haven sites indicate Indiana was a national leader in the support of the mission. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Correction and other state agencies collaborated on this mission.

    National Guard personnel kept the armories operational, helped pick up and deliver items and completed a variety of other tasks to make the mission a success.

    “Our Indiana National Guard soldiers, airmen and Guard Reservists were proud to assist in Operation Hoosier Allies Support along with our state agencies in collecting donations for our Afghan allies who were instrumental to our forces, including our Guardsmen, in America’s operations in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years,” said the Indiana National Guard Adjutant General R. Dale Lyles.

    Camp Atterbury officials are working to establish a clearinghouse of remaining items to help support Indiana resettlement agencies. As of Dec. 1, more than 300 Afghans have been resettled in Indiana with the potential for up to a total of 700 to be resettled in Indiana in the coming weeks. State and federal personnel have been working with several resettlement agencies, including Exodus International, Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne, South Bend and Indianapolis, The Welcome Network and the Burmese American Community Institute.

    The Camp Atterbury Rail Deployment Facility, at 5921 Schoolhouse Road in Franklin, Ind., 46131, will continue to accept donations until the end of January 2022.

    Sites still collecting donations until 4 p.m. Friday include:

    • Fort Wayne: 130 W. Cook Road, Fort Wayne, IN, 46825
    • South Bend: 1901 S. Kemble Ave., South Bend, IN, 46613
    • Lafayette: 5280 Haggarty Lane, Lafayette, IN, 47905
    • Terre Haute: 3614 Maple Ave., Terre Haute, IN, 47804
    • Kessler (Indy): 2625 W. Kessler Blvd. N. Dr., Indianapolis, IN, 46222
    • Evansville: 3300 E. Division St., Evansville, IN, 47715
    • New Albany: 2909 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN, 47150
    • Columbus: 2160 Arnold St., Columbus, IN, 47203

    Organizations that have been collecting items for the Afghans at Camp Atterbury can contact Tyler Smith with Team Rubicon after Dec. 10 to arrange to drop off large donations. The items most in need include wallets, shoes, bras, fingernail clippers, personal hygiene items and activity items like crochet supplies, games, books and toys.

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    Media Contact:
    IDHS Office of Public Affairs
    pio@dhs.in.gov
    317-234-6713

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    PFAS Firefighting Foam Collection Included in Governor’s 2022 Agenda

    1/5/22

    Gov. Eric Holcomb said a voluntary program to collect firefighting foam containing toxic PFAS chemicals from state fire agencies was one of his administration’s top agenda priorities this year. The Indiana Class B PFAS Foam Collection Initiative, a program launched by the state’s Department of Environmental Management and Department of Homeland Security, will collect and dispose of PFAS firefighting foam from fire agencies that participate in the program at no cost. ...

    Follow the story from Indiana Environmental Reporter

    PFAS Firefighting Foam Collection Included in Governor’s 2022 Agenda

    1/5/22

    Gov. Eric Holcomb said a voluntary program to collect firefighting foam containing toxic PFAS chemicals from state fire agencies was one of his administration’s top agenda priorities this year. The Indiana Class B PFAS Foam Collection Initiative, a program launched by the state’s Department of Environmental Management and Department of Homeland Security, will collect and dispose of PFAS firefighting foam from fire agencies that participate in the program at no cost. ...

    Follow the story from Indiana Environmental Reporter

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    Crashes Reported as Snow Blankets Region

    1/1/22

    Emergency crews were responding to multiple slide-offs, spin-outs and crashes along Region roads Saturday as snow began accumulating. ... A travel advisory was issued for Lake County, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The advisory means "routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas." ...

    Follow the story from Princeton Daily Clarion

    Crashes Reported as Snow Blankets Region

    1/1/22

    Emergency crews were responding to multiple slide-offs, spin-outs and crashes along Region roads Saturday as snow began accumulating. ... A travel advisory was issued for Lake County, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The advisory means "routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas." ...

    Follow the story from Princeton Daily Clarion

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    Recent Storms Offer Timely Warning to Be Prepared for Severe Weather

    12/28/21

    Hoosiers need to be prepared for severe weather threats since, according to one recent report, Tornado Alley may be shifting closer to Indiana. ... The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) has multiple tips and resources on how to stay safe during a tornado and what to do after. ...

    Follow the story from The Statehouse File

    Recent Storms Offer Timely Warning to Be Prepared for Severe Weather

    12/28/21

    Hoosiers need to be prepared for severe weather threats since, according to one recent report, Tornado Alley may be shifting closer to Indiana. ... The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) has multiple tips and resources on how to stay safe during a tornado and what to do after. ...

    Follow the story from The Statehouse File

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Gov. Holcomb Unveils 2022 Next Level Agenda

Gov. Holcomb detailed his administration's areas of focus for 2022, which includes IDHS' work on disposing of harmful PFAS firefighting foam. Learn more in the Jan. 3 press release below.

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Spotlight icon Press Release Spotlight

Eric Holcomb at table
Gov. Holcomb Unveils 2022 Next Level Agenda

Gov. Holcomb detailed his administration's areas of focus for 2022, which includes IDHS' work on disposing of harmful PFAS firefighting foam. Learn more in the Jan. 3 press release below.

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