Celebrating the Season and OneZone Members
In the midst of a constant drip of serious and depressing news comes the announcement that BOTH the Indianapolis Colts’ “Blue” and Indiana Pacers’ “Boomer” mascots have been voted into the Mascot Hall of Fame (located in Whiting, Indiana if you’re ever in The Region looking for an entertaining afternoon with the kids). Which leads to only one thing: a video of one of the best mascot brawls ever, featuring “that time the IUPUI Jaguars’ Jaws took on ‘Eli the Eagle’’ in a dance-off gone bad.” Congrats Blue and Boomer (and a note to nominate Jaws next year). On to the more serious stuff of 3 for Thursday. 
In Case You Missed It . The last OneZone luncheon of the year has featured the “Business Excellence Awards” for nearly two decades. Once again, the 2019 event shone the light on some of our members who have accomplished great things, succeeded despite adversity and even inspired us to be better people. The winners include:

  • Business of the Year award for a small- to medium-sized business: Four Day Ray
  • Business of the Year award for a large business: Merchants Bank of Indiana 
  • Young Professional of the Year: Erik Braden, Braden Business Systems
  • Volunteer of the year: Adam Aasen
  • New Construction Award: KAR Global
  • Renovation Award: The Bluffs at Conner Prairie
  • The Green Award: Hamilton Southeaster School District
  • Harold Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award: Mark Westermeier
  • The Difference Maker Award: Mike Reuter

To read the details about each award winner, click here . And, check out our YouTube channel to view video featuring each award winner.
Great Minds Think Alike. Earlier this week, Governor Eric Holcomb outlined his legislative priorities for the 2020 session, and many of them reflect the priorities of both the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as well as those of OneZone. His  2020 Next Level Agenda reflects the five pillars the Governor has focused on in the past including economic development, infrastructure, education/workforce development, pubic health and drug epidemic and government service. OneZone is particularly enthused about the prospect of the legislature to raise the smoking age of tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 as well as continuing to spend $1 billion to expand broadband infrastructure throughout the state. If you want to learn more about the State Chamber of OneZone’s priorities, reserve your seat today for the Legislative Breakfast this Friday morning. 
LED-ing the Way . Carmel received some positive coverage this week from NBC news for its efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions. Those efforts include about 800 streetlights that have been retrofitted with LED bulbs and a fleet of city vehicles that are hybrids or run on biofuel. The much-chatted-about roundabouts that replaced intersection traffic lights ultimately means cars don’t burn gas while idling at a stop. (If only drivers could get a handle on roundabout etiquette … like GO THE SPEED LIMIT, TURN RIGHT and STAY IN YOUR OWN LANE …) The report found that the We Are Still In coalition, a group of 3,800 mayors (of which Carmel’s Mayor Jim Brainard is one), county executives, tribal leaders and businesses that account for more than half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, could reduce emissions 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 with city and state climate policies that are already in place.
PLUS ONE: Keep the (Silver Bells) Cash Registers Ringing. As tempting and easy as it is to cyber shop, don’t forget our retail members when looking for the perfect gifts for family and friends. Some great deals abound and lots of fun and merriment await. In Carmel, of course, there’s Christkindlmarkt (someone please buy the City a vowel for Christmas … just kidding!) and the holiday trolley amid a host of special events. Carmel’s Melanie Brewer has the rundown . (And the Holiday Porchfest is Saturday!) In Fishers, equal amounts of holiday fun await according to PlayFishers.com . But a very important deadline is tomorrow: Get your letters to Santa in by tomorrow (with a self-addressed stamped envelope) to get a reply from the jolly old elf. ( Drop off your letters to Santa in the special mailboxes located inside  City Hall  and at the   Fishers Parks & Recreation Office .)