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The Bright Area Business Association provides networking for businesses in or near the Southeastern Indiana communities of Bright, Hidden Valley and Logan, and Harrison, Ohio. There are numerous small businesses in the Bright, Indiana area and the organization provides a method for sharing resources and information. Guests are always welcome to attend the meetings.

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Bright Area Business Association- Meeting Minutes from 9 September 2016

Bright Area Business Association- Meeting Minutes from 9 September 2016 Recording Secretary: Lori Enright Call to order: Jim Mansfield Jim gave a recap of the Terrorist Attack on the United States on 9/11/2011 and a special recognition to and of our 1st Responders. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jason Eckhoff Programs: Celeste Calvitto Celeste introduced our Featured Speaker: Jeff Raatz (Indiana State Senator) serving the townships of Harrison, Logan, Kelso and Jackson. Jeff gave information on his family, personal and professional background and discussed some of his key initiatives and his concerns at the state and local level. – Mr. Raatz disussed ways to combat the ever-growing heroin problem in Southeast Indiana, noting that there is a fine-line between the law and giving people a “break” because of an addiction. Raatz noted that he did vote against the needle exchange program, though this was ultimately passed. He discussed the pressure that sits on the shoulders of local government, and the limited resources available to help combat the problem. – Raatz also noted that he sits on the Education Committee; including both K-12 and Higher Education, noting on the issues associated with I-STEP testing and some of the projected changes coming to the (current) state testing/grading system(s). Q/A Session: Discussion was had over the lack of skilled laborers coming out of High School. Fewer students are looking into “trade/skilled” labor as the decision/pressure to attend a 2/4 year university continues to increase. Fewer students are entering into trades, with leaves local businesses with a much smaller pool of employees to choose from. Also noting that if this trend... read more