Economic development.

Authors: Representative Steven Braun

Co-authors: Representative Kathleen Heuer, Representative Sheila Klinker, Representative Karlee Macer, Representative Todd Huston

Sponsors: Senator James Smith, Senator Scott Schneider

Co-Sponsors: Senator John Broden

Advisors: Representative Kathleen Heuer, Representative Jeffrey Thompson, Representative Karlee Macer, Representative Sheila Klinker


Provides for grants to eligible school corporations and charter schools to support cooperative arrangements with businesses for training students. Provides that, for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014, and before January 1, 2019, an economic development for a growing economy (EDGE) tax credit may be awarded to a business that employs students who have participated in a course of study that includes a cooperative arrangement between the business and an educational institution for the training of students in high wage, high demand jobs that require industry certifications. Caps the aggregate amount of EDGE tax credits awarded for this purpose in a state fiscal year at $2.5 million. Renames the Indiana workforce intelligence system the Indiana network of knowledge (INK). Repeals provisions that assign to the Indiana career council responsibility for the INK, and transfers administration and oversight of the INK to the INK governance committee and the INK executive director appointed by the governor. Establishes an INK governance committee consisting of: (1) the commissioner of the department of workforce development; (2) the commissioner of the commission for higher education; (3) the superintendent of public instruction; (4) a member representing private colleges and universities appointed by the governor; (5) a member representing the business community appointed by the governor; and (6) the INK executive director, who serves in an advisory capacity. Authorizes the governor to appoint additional members of the INK governance committee as necessary. Requires the governor to appoint the INK executive director from a list of three candidates submitted by the INK governance committee. Requires agencies of the state to submit data to the INK as requested by the executive director. Allows private sector business or commercial employers, groups, associations, agencies and other entities, and private institutions of higher education to submit data to the INK by working with the executive director. Provides that the data submitted to Indiana network of knowledge (INK): (1) remains under the ownership and control of the agency submitting the data; and (2) may be used only for the purposes described in the INK statute (IC 22-4.5-10), unless the agency that submitted data consents to the additional use. Provides that, to the extent permitted by applicable federal law, regulation, or executive order, the policies established by the INK governance committee must provide for access to INK data requested by the legislative department of state government. Provides that the INK may not obtain or store student disciplinary, juvenile delinquency, criminal, or medical and health records.