INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Expert says social media helped make, break campaigns

2012-11-07T12:28:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Expert says social media helped make, break campaignsGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
November 07, 2012 12:28 pm  • 

The publisher of IndyPolitics.org believes social media played a key role in two major Indiana election races. Abdul-Hakim Shabazz says Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's comment about rape and abortion went viral within minutes and halted any momentum he had. In a Studio(i) interview, Abdul says he believes Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Glenda Ritz benefitted from social media, as teachers and unions used Facebook to get out the vote among friends and family.

 

Life Sciences Discussion to Focus on FDA

A Cook Group company will be the site of the next installment of the Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Series. The MED Institute, which is at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, will host a discussion this month on the evolution of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

Indianapolis to Announce Major Nonprofit Commitment

Indianapolis will announce an 11-year deal Thursday with a nonprofit to keep its office and events in the city. Visit Indy says the agreement will generate approximately $225 million for the local economy.

 

Regional Business Competition Announces Winners

The Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center has unveiled the results of a 13-county regional entrepreneurship and business competition. The winners will be honored at an event next week in Jeffersonville.

 

State Posts Decline in Farm-Related Deaths

The Indiana Farm Fatality Summary shows no farm-related deaths involving children in 2011 for the first time in 13 years. The report from Purdue University shows 16 people died from accidents on the farm last year, down from 23 in 2010.

 

IU Kokomo Set For 'College Success' Meeting

A town hall meeting aiming to move Howard County to a "college-bound mindset" is set for next week at Indiana University Kokomo. Indiana Commissioner For Higher Education Teresa Lubbers and county officials will lead discussions on college funding and post-high school attainment.

 

City to Break Ground on Homeless Vet Housing

A ceremony to break ground on a housing development that will serve more than 70 homeless military veterans is set for tomorrow in Indianapolis. Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman and Mayor Greg Ballard are scheduled to attend the event.

 

IUPUI Assisting Asian Nation With Training

An IUPUI program is working to train more than thirty Vietnamese math and technology professors to speak English at the university level. The Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication initiative is part of an initiative funded by the Asian nation's government.

 

Tournaments Coming to Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is planning a sports-related announcement next week. The city says the event will detail three "new and unique" sports tournaments that will come to the area in 2013.

 

Sports Organization Outlines Grant Effort

A nonprofit sports and tourism organization is launching a grant program. SportsIndiana.org says the initiative is designed to support local convention and visitors bureaus, sports commissions and governmental agencies in attracting events that generate "a significant economic impact.

 

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