Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reminder - New Area Code Coming to Indianapolis !!

Reminder - New Area Code Coming to Indianapolis !!
463-555-0000


The switch is currently scheduled for September 17, 2016.  This will be for new phone numbers only, because State officials say that 317 is set to run out of numbers.  This means that you will have to begin using 10-digit phone numbers even for local calls.  After this date, if you do not use the new dialing procedures, your call will not be completed and a recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again.

Starting October 17 2016, new telephone lines or services "may" be assigned numbers using the new area code of 463 - which stands for IND, by the way.

A 6 month grace period has been running since March 19, 2016 to give consumers time to adjust. Calls that are currently local will continue to be local, even when dialing a 10 digit number. Long distance numbers will require dialing 1 before the 10 digit number.

In the meantime - be sure you update your info to include your area code on personal ID tags (like on your luggage), stationary, checks, alarm systems, etc.

"Sometimes a little change is a good thing"

#areacode #indianapolis #463 #317

Friday, August 12, 2016

Indy Do Day 2016 - September 29, 30 and October 1st

Indy Do Day 2016 - September 29, 30 and October 1st


Have you heard about the city's largest service project, Indy Do Day?  Rotary Club of Indianapolis plans to have 20,000 Hoosiers working on 200 service projects around Indianapolis over the club's 3 day event, Indy Do Day (September 29,30, and October 1).  We are connecting individuals, groups, and corporations to work on projects at non-profit organizations all around the city.  We want to highlight the good and inspire other Hoosiers to get involved.  Our "someday goal" is to have 100,000 volunteers!  Wouldn't that be great!?

As a corporation or individual, you can help by getting a group to volunteer and choosing from one of the jobs already posted online.  If you volunteer at a non-profit regularly, plan a project at that organization over Indy Do Day and simply fill out the "What Will You Do" form online to tell us about it.

As a non-profit organization, you can get involved by telling us your needs!  Post a project online to get volunteers over the 3 day event.  Our committed Rotarians are here to help with creating, posting, and helping with implementation during Indy Do Day.    

Several large corporations and non-profits are getting involved.  We would like to tell others how you and your company share in the Hoosier hospitality that is known throughout the country.   Help us make Indianapolis the most civically engaged city in the US!  Visit www.IndyDoDay.org to get involved or contact me right away for more details.  

Also, who else needs to know about Indy Do Day?  Tell them about it by sharing! 

#indydoday  #volunteer #indy #indianapolis #service #rotary #non-profit

Monday, August 8, 2016

Home Loan Closing Timeline


Home Loan Closing Timeline
What to Expect





There's new paperwork at the closing table and some new timelines.

#realestate #HUD #homeclosing #mortgage

Monday, August 1, 2016

Indiana State Fair - Celebrating the Indiana BiCentennial

Indiana State Fair - Celebrating the Indiana BiCentennial
August 5 - 21

Get ALL the scoop by clicking HERE

I LOVE the fair!  The sights, the sounds, the smells.  Something for everyone.
There are discount days, free concerts, special events and fried everything.

Wear comfy shoes, cool clothes and bring an empty stomach.

What’s New at the Fair in 2016:

As we prepare to celebrate 200 years of history, the 2016 Indiana State Fair will also join in the festivities. Fairgoers and exhibitors alike can look forward to several special features that highlight our state’s history, art and tradition
Indiana State Fair Mobile App presented by WGU Indiana
The NEW and IMPROVED Indiana State Fair app will change your State Fair experience! This year fair-goers will be able to plan their entire visit through the app and make a shareable itinerary from the extensive list of events and activities. Share the “What’s Hot” list with friends on social media, rate favorite vendors, and be a part of selecting the Grand Champion in our Taste of the Fair competition. The new Indiana State Fair App will be an interactive and fun way to enjoy this year’s Fair. Download the App now for Apple and Android phones!
2016 Indiana State Fair – Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial
The 2016 Indiana State Fair is Celebrating 200 years of Indiana’s Statehood! Fair-goers can look forward to several exhibits and special features that highlight our state’s history, art and tradition. Visit the Bicentennial Train, see First Lady Karen Pence’s watercolor paintings in the Indiana Arts Building, visit the Indiana’s Largest Bison Art Display, meet our Featured Farmers presented by Dow AgroSciences, tour the Visit Indiana Bicentennial Pavilion and much more.
Taste of the Indiana State Fair
A “shake-up” of a different kind is happening with the 2016 Signature Food Contest..introducing the NEW Taste of the Fair Contest. We are inviting our vendors to help Celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial through food innovation with the challenge to create a new, fresh original fair food rich in Indiana history. Fairgoers will have to opportunity to feast on the competition and then cast their vote for the winner on the NEW Indiana State Fair App presented by WGU Indiana from August 5-14. The Taste of the Fair “champion” will be announced on August 14th and will have the opportunity to highlight their creation throughout remainder of the Indiana State Fair.
Wonder Trail presented by Indiana Farm Bureau
The Wonder Trail has been a long time family favorite and this year the entire family can enjoy it digitally on the NEW Indiana State Fair App presented by WGU Indiana. The Wonder Trail has 12 educational stops that take you around the entire Indiana State Fair leaving each participant feeling closer to the celebration.
Taste and Create
The Taste and Create Series will give registered participants a chance to create a soybean based acrylic masterpiece while sampling Indiana beer, wine and corn whiskey. This addition will be in the Indiana Beer, Wine and Spirit Exhibition on select days and will require pre-registration. Don’t miss out on the fun to make your very own Indiana soybean creation to commemorate Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration.
Indiana’s Largest Bison Field
The 2016 Indiana State Fair will give fairgoers a chance to witness the revival of the Indiana Bison! With several counties around the state bringing their uniquely painted bison, fairgoers can anticipate seeing the largest bison herd in the World. Make sure to check out the herd pastured right outside of The Glass Barn.
200 Free Things To Do at the 2016 Indiana State Fair
Celebrating the Bicentennial in the great state of Indiana means 200 FREE things to do at the Indiana State Fair. From concerts to food, there is always something fun to be found.
#bicentennial #indiana #statefair #fair 

Monday, July 25, 2016

August Events in Indiana


August Events in Indiana

SAVE THE DATE - State Fair starts on August 5th and next weeks blog post will be dedicated solely to that event!


Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
8/4/16
8/6/16
3
Thu
Van Buren, IN
8/4/16
8/7/16
4
Thu
Nappanee, IN
8/5/16
8/21/16
17
Fri
Indianapolis, IN
8/5/16
8/7/16
3
Fri
Warsaw, IN
8/5/16
8/14/16
10
Fri
Crown Point, IN
8/6/16
1
Sat
Chesterton, IN
8/6/16
1
Sat
Noblesville, IN
8/6/16
8/7/16
2
Sat
Chesterton, IN
8/6/16
1
Sat
Greenfield, IN
8/10/16
8/13/16
4
Wed
Tell City, IN
8/11/16
8/14/16
4
Thu
North Manchester, IN
8/11/16
8/14/16
4
Thu
Butler, IN
8/12/16
8/13/16
2
Fri
Demotte, IN
8/12/16
8/14/16
3
Fri
Columbia City, IN
8/18/16
8/21/16
4
Thu
Greensburg, IN
8/18/16
8/20/16
3
Thu
Aurora, IN
8/19/16
8/20/16
2
Fri
Madison, IN
8/20/16
1
Sat
Wabash, IN
8/20/16
1
Sat
South Bend, IN
8/20/16
8/21/16
2
Sat
Hamlet, IN
Name
Date
Days
Start Day
City
8/20/16
8/21/16
2
Sat
Michigan City, IN
8/20/16
1
Sat
Greenwood, IN
8/24/16
8/27/16
4
Wed
Selma, IN
8/25/16
8/28/16
4
Thu
Versailles, IN
8/25/16
8/27/16
3
Thu
Morgantown, IN
8/25/16
8/28/16
4
Thu
Vevay, IN
8/26/16
8/28/16
3
Fri
Carmel, IN
8/26/16
8/28/16
3
Fri
Rossville, IN
8/27/16
8/28/16
2
Sat
Mishawaka, IN
8/27/16
1
Sat
Fort Wayne, IN
8/27/16
1
Sat
Kouts, IN
8/27/16
1
Sat
Syracuse, IN
8/28/16
9/5/16
9
Sun
Auburn, IN


#Indiana #Festival #Fair #Fun #Art #Craft #Summer

Monday, July 18, 2016

Central Indiana Economic Briefing from the Indy Chamber

Central Indiana Economic Briefing from the Indy Chamber
(based on May 2016 data)

Unemployment dropped to 4.0% in Metro Indy and 5.0% in Indiana as a whole.
U.S. current average is 4.7%
Lowest regional rate is Hamilton County at 3.1%
Highest regional rate is Madison County at 4.9%

Employment by Industry (What trades employ Hoosiers most?)
1 - Trade, Transportation & Utility
2 - Professional & Business Services
3 - Education and Health
4 - Government
5 - Retail
6 - Leisure & Hospitality
7 - Manufacturing
8 - Financial
9 - Construction
10 - Wholesale
11 - Information

Japans largest steel producer (Nippon) is adding operations in Shelbyville
Sallie Mae chose Indiana for growth and will be adding 300 jobs

Real Estate:
Listings were down in May by 1.9% (over previous year)
Closings were up 18.6%
Median Sales price is up 3.9% to $159,000
Averages Sale price is up 2.1% to $190,769

Indy Metro continues to be one of the most affordable places to live and do business when comparing to peer cities.
We are below average on all costs except Health Care.
Rating categories include:
Grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health and goods & services

#IndianaEconomy #Indiana #Employment #RealEstate #IndyChamber

Monday, July 11, 2016

Going Green

Going Green

No, nothing to do with frogs or riding the tilt a whirl after eating...



#green #environment #recycle #reuse #realestate

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mass Transit Vision for Central Indiana

Mass Transit Vision for Central Indiana



The transit plan begins with implementation of Indy Connect, a multi-county transit vision for Central Indiana.  Marion County has made a significant investment in the existing bus network and wants to develop 3 rapid transit lines on high ridership routes.

The plan includes:
Shorter wait times between buses
Starting earlier and ending later
More efficient transfers
Advanced payment technology and real time arrival info
All routes to operate 7 days a week
3 rapid lines: Blue, Purple and Phase 2 & 3 Red (go HERE for more info on Red Line)

Legislation has been passed by the State giving some counties a new funding mechanism for transit by calling a referendum. The plan for Marion County assumes passage of a referendum in 2016 at .25% income tax ($.25 for every $100 earned) with new funding available in 2017.

The new downtown Indy, Julia M. Carson Transit Center opened on Sunday, June 26th.

Having an efficient mass transit system is a big step in moving Indy forward toward competing with other cities for businesses and making a positive impact on housing, employment, mobility and millennials.

More details on the entire plan, schedules and passes can be found HERE

#masstransit #indy #centralindiana #economy #JuliaCarson