Vol. 18, August 2011 - Recruitment

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South Bend business: Now hiring

South Bend offers many assets that help make it easy for local businesses to attract top talent. And while each industry cites different factors that make its recruitment efforts successful, they all agree on one thing: Once you get candidates here, they want to stay. Read more …

FEATURES



Getting connected

What does South Bend have to offer to someone relocating here? Lots of connections — to a wealth of cultural and entertainment options, to a vibrant entrepreneurial culture, and to an abundance of friendships. South Bend ON spoke with a group of professionals who recently moved here, and everyone agreed it was a good place to be. Read more …

Engage, empower, encourage

Once the job of recruiting top candidates to the area has been accomplished, the next phase involves making sure they remain happy with their choice. South Bend ON talked with companies from a variety of industries to get their perspective on the challenges and triumphs of employee retention. Read more …

COMPANY PROFILE



Connecting the right people with the right jobs

South Bend’s Peoplelink Staffing Solutions has grown and thrived over the past two-plus decades under the guidance of president and CEO Jay Wilkinson. South Bend ON recently spoke with Wilkinson about his company’s success, and his outlook on attracting talent to the region. Read more …

MULTIMEDIA

South Bend featured on Fox Business News

Fox Business News visited South Bend on July 19, 2011, to report on the transformation under way here. Click here.

INNOVATION IN GOVERNMENT

City of South Bend moves toward Internet-based phone system

The City of South Bend will switch from its current phone system for its nearly 1,000 telephones to an Internet-based system, using the Metronet and the City’s data network — a more robust telecommunications system at no additional cost over the current package.

The Board of Public Works has awarded a contract to Netarx to design a Voice over Internet Protocol system to replace the current phone service at all City facilities. Design work will begin in August with installation in the fall and completion by the end of 2011. More info here …

Youth programs attract national attention

Outstanding participants in this year's Summer Youth Sports Program were recognized Aug. 8 in a special award ceremony at Washington High School hosted by South Bend Police Chief Darryl Boykins.

But South Bend's Police Athletic League recently also received national recognition in a recent article in the Journal of Research in Character Education titled “Champions for Children: Reaching Out to Urban Youth Through Sports.”

For the past 16 years, Boykins has personally organized these innovative youth outreach programs, which initially focused solely on tennis and now involve a range of sports activities. Not only have the programs become a popular outlet for youth in South Bend during the summer months, but they also have generated attention in different quarters around the country.

Several large U.S. police departments have expressed a strong desire to initiate similar programs. However, limited funding has prevented most of them from succeeding. South Bend's program has flourished with the help of private donations and corporate sponsors.

EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

Art Beat returns Aug. 27 for ninth consecutive year

More than 10,000 people in 2010 attended South Bend’s largest arts event, Art Beat, which returns for its ninth year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

An even bigger crowd is expected this year to stroll along our downtown streets and sidewalks and explore the work of local visual, performing and culinary artists. More info here ...

50,000 could attend 25th World Pulse Festival

An estimated 50,000 fans are expected to attend the 25th annual World Pulse Festival from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, featuring Christian artists like Newsboys, Jars of Clay and Third Day, on the grounds of the LeSEA Broadcasting Network, 61300 S. Ironwood Road.

The free festival of various expressions of Christian music — rock, pop, alternative, worship — is sponsored by the LeSEA Broadcasting Network and shown worldwide via TV, radio and Internet. For more information and free tickets, visit the website: www.WorldPulseFestival.com.

Shakespeare Festival presents The Merchant of Venice

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival will present William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ Aug. 16 to 28 on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Performances begin Aug. 16 (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m., and conclude with a final performance on Aug. 28 (Sunday) at 2 p.m. More info here ...

Get a zombie makeover at the downtown library

Zombie makeup artists from Wicked Jester Entertainment will give five-minute zombie makeovers at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the main branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main St.

The event is in preparation for the Downtown South Bend Zombie Walk at 6 p.m. Sept. 2 beginning in Howard Park. The makeover is primarily for teens, but all are welcome. Call 282-4614 for more information.

TECH PARK UPDATES

Infrastructure, land sale OK’d for Ignition Park

Construction could begin before year’s end on the first infrastructure in Ignition Park, preparing the technology park for new private investment even as demolition wraps up on the former Studebaker buildings that are part of the site’s manufacturing heritage.

The Redevelopment Commission on July 26 unanimously approved the implementation of Phase 1A of an Ignition Park site design proposal drafted by BSA LifeStructures. This segment focuses on the southeast portion of Ignition Park, where Data Realty LLC is expected to break ground for construction of a world-class data center later this year. In addition to the infrastructure improvements, the Redevelopment Commission also unanimously approved a contract to sell a five-acre site to Data Realty. More info here ...

Innovative solutions meet clients’ needs

What do you do if you’re a company with information technology service needs, but you can’t afford a full-blown IT staff? At Innovation Park at Notre Dame, Netech Corp. offers a nice solution, supplying a full range of IT services to client companies, so they can avoid the expense and inconvenience of having to maintain their own IT departments. That, in turn, allows them to focus on their work. Read more …

NEWS & HEADLINES

Feedback sought regarding downtown housing choices

The City of South Bend is seeking input into the kind of housing options prospective residents desire in the downtown area. Click here to provide your input via a brief, online survey.

Mall redevelopment leads to release of TIF value

The Erskine Village tax increment financing area, created in 2004 to fund demolition and redevelopment of the former Scottsdale Mall site, has reached its intended goals, enabling the potential release of tax revenue in 2012 and possibly beyond.

The South Bend Redevelopment Commission July 12 approved release of the full increment of assessed value for one year for taxes scheduled to be paid in 2012. This is the second southside TIF area that has completed its planned improvements ahead of schedule. More info here ...

Pavilion, bridge to enhance Century Center’s island

A permanent, 6,400-square-foot fabric pavilion will replace an existing smaller and temporary tent on Island Park behind Century Center following unanimous approval July 26 by the South Bend Redevelopment Commission.

The Department of Community & Economic Development recommended the change to enhance the beauty and character of the downtown island next to Century Center in order “to not only provide shelter, but to be an artistic complement to the Century Center’s architecture and the downtown community.” More info here …

Downtown locksmith reopens in stunning, new location

Jack Seifer, owner of Michiana Lock & Key, officially welcomed customers, neighbors and friends to Michiana Lock & Key’s new location at 621 E. Jefferson Blvd. during a ribbon cutting July 7 presided over by Mayor Stephen J. Luecke.

The downtown locksmith moved less than one mile from 306 W. Monroe St., in the shadows of Coveleski Regional Stadium, across the river to the East Bank Village. Although the physical distance is small, the journey results from a 26-year conversation between the small business owner and the City of South Bend regarding potential acquisition of the store since The Cove was originally built. More info here …

Program boosts home sales in downtown neighborhood

At a time when home sales nationwide are at a seven-month low, five single-family homes have sold in the last 30 days in South Bend’s urban Near Northwest Neighborhood, highlighting targeted efforts by the neighborhood and specially trained Realtors.

In each of the instances, the homes were sold by a South Bend Certified Realtor — a graduate of a training program operated by the City of South Bend’s SELL South Bend initiative, which highlights the distinctive advantages of living in the city. More info here …

Notre Dame honored as ‘Great College to Work For’

For the third consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received honor roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey. More info here …