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Notre Dame to host first presidential debate

Notre Dame to host first presidential debate

The northern Indiana university was selected to host the first of three presidential debates in 2020.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — For the first time in its 176-year history, the University of Notre Dame will host a U.S. presidential debate. Set for September of next year, the debate will be the first for the 2020 general election and will take place at the Joyce Center on the South Bend campus.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988, announced the decision Friday. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins, who serves on the CPD Board of Directors, says the debate will shine a global spotlight on the region.

“The heart of democracy is addressing significant questions in open, reasoned discussion that will inform voters as they prepare to cast their votes,” Jenkins said in a news release. “Standing apart from the glitz and spin of modern campaigns, the presidential debates are that solemn moment in our national life when candidates are invited to discuss seriously the central issues before us.”

While it will be the first debate hosted at Notre Dame, the university has welcomed several sitting presidents over the past 60 years. They include Presidents Dwight Eisenhower (1960), Jimmy Carter (1977), Ronald Reagan (1981), George H.W. Bush (1992), George W. Bush (2001) and Barack Obama (2009). 

The university says the debate is expected to draw thousands of media representatives from throughout the world to South Bend. You can learn more about the debate by clicking here.


Salesforce leader steps down as software company reports 2020 revenue

SAN FRANCISCO (WISH) — Keith Block, co-chief operating officer of software company Salesforce, stepped down Tuesday.

The company has more than 2,000 employees in Indianapolis, according to online reports. Its downtown Indianapolis presence includes the city’s tallest building, the Salesforce Tower, located northeast of Monument Circle.

A news release from the San Francisco-based company said Marc Benioff will remain as chair and chief executive officer.

Block noted in the release that Salesforce grew from $4 billion in revenue in 2013, when he joined the company, to over $17 billion in 2019.

Also on Tuesday, the company announced its projections for 2020 calls for $21 billion in revenues.