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This Week's Facts:

  1. This Week Dedicated to Promoting Good Savings Habits

  2. Economic Education Council Hosting Student Poster Contest

  3. GPO Introduces eBooks for Enhanced Access to Government Documents

  4. America's Great Outdoors Spotlight: Arches National Park

Commission for Women to Announce 2014 Torchbearers

The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) will publicly announce the recipients of this year’s Torchbearer Awards Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at a ceremony in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. The Torchbearer Awards ceremony is Indiana’s premier program honoring women of Indiana.

All nominated candidates have demonstrated character and accomplishment by leading the way for other women. Individuals selected for a Torchbearer award have been pioneers in their industries, have inspirational stories while facing tough choices, and have made significant contributions that set the standard for other women in both their communities and in Indiana.  A database of previous years’ recipients is available on the ICW website.

There is no cost to attend the program, however registration is required. View the program invitation here or find more information about the program and registration online.

View a calendar of Women’s History Month Events occurring around the state, available here.

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This Week Dedicated to Promoting Good Savings Habits

America Saves Week 2014By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director

America Saves Week, February 24 – March 1, 2014, is a time to review your finances, decide what you want to save for, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.

Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Even if you are already saving, it’s good to take a look at your goals and decide if you can save more or start a new savings goal. Join thousands of others who are pledging to pay down debt, save money, and take financial action during America Saves Week.

Not sure what to save for or what to save for next? Here are the most popular saving goals of those who have pledged to save through America Saves:

  • Save for Emergencies - Only 37 percent of low-to-moderate income households have a savings or money market account at a bank or credit union and nearly a quarter of savers who have pledged to save have chosen “emergency savings” as their first wealth-building goal. Learn more.
  • Save for Education - Saving for education is the second most popular goal savers select when they pledge to save with America Saves. There are many different things to factor in when saving and paying for college. Learn more.
  • Pay Down Debt - Getting out of debt is the #3 goal Savers select when they pledge to save. That does not come as a surprise since a 2012 survey found that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. Learn more.
  • Save for a Home - For decades, home ownership has been the main path to wealth for most Americans. Today, home equity - the market value of a home minus the balance on any home loans - represents more than four-fifths of the typical family’s wealth. Learn more.
  • Save for Retirement - Retirement savings is a top priority for many Savers. Saving for retirement now will ensure that you have enough money to maintain a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. Learn more.

Not sure how to save for your goals? Here are some saving strategies to help:

  • Save Automatically - The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union, and how millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. Learn more.
  • Save at Tax Time - Do you spend weeks eagerly anticipating your tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? Many people view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses. They see the money as a gift from the government, to use for splurges or treats. But a tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation.  Learn more.

Take the America Saves Pledge (or re-pledge) today to set your savings goal and make a plan to save. When you take the pledge you can also choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save for your goal. And don’t forget to follow America Saves on Facebook & Twitter.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status

Economic Education Council Hosting Student Poster Contest

ICEE Econ Poster ContestThe Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE) is a non-profit, educational organization located in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Founded in 1954, the ICEE is a partnership of leaders from business, labor, agriculture, education, and government dedicated to increasing economic literacy in Indiana. Its mission is to prepare students to become active citizens and productive members of our economy by providing them with the ability to make sound economic decisions.

ICEE is now accepting entries for its Econ Poster Contest - a great opportunity for students to express their creativity while learning important economic concepts.  The contest is open to all students in grades 1-12.  Entries must be postmarked to ICEE by May 16, 2014. Prizes will be awarded to top entries!  Click here for contest details as well as images from last year's winners.

GPO Unveils eBooks for Enhanced Access to Government Documents

GPO Unveils eBooksMany people enjoy the convenience of reading their favorite novel on their e-readers. Did you know you can know learn about government documents on that same e-reader?  The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made eBooks available to meet the ever-changing technology needs of its users, the Federal Depository Library Community. EBooks are available in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).   Users will be able to download GPO-provided files of eBooks free, for use on various e-readers. Government documents have evolved over the decades to respond to users’ needs and to remain relevant to current technologies.  For more information about searching, browsing, and downloading FDLP eBook titles, download the eBook walkthrough. Information about eBook formats, eBook reading devices, or eBook reading software can be found here.   

America's Great Outdoors Spotlight: Arches National Park

America's Great Outdoors Spotlight: Arches National ParkFrom America’s Great Outdoors:
Arches National Park
in Utah preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world.

This information is brought to you by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) via the blog. Find a guide, photos, and more details about the red sandstone in this National Park using National Geographic’s online travel section here.

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