When it comes to the impact of various issues—ranging from Indianapolis hosting the 2012 Super Bowl to the effect of tax incentives on alternative fuel vehicles to how emerging media may transform the Hoosier economy—Mike Hicks, director of Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) is able to quickly run the numbers to discover clear, concise answers.Hicks recently updated the groundbreaking Battelle study, which found in 2000 that information technology (IT) was a pillar of growth in Indiana. His analysis found there is still a myriad of opportunities for new jobs to be created in emerging media industries.He also found that the focus of IT growth has changed since 2000. The demand for workers with high tech skills has exploded within firms outside the IT industry. While these workers engage in traditional IT-related occupations, emerging media skills are increasingly a requirement. Contact Michael Hicks at 765-285-5926.
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