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    Sweetwater to Kick Off GearFest

    Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater Sound Inc. will Friday kick off its annual GearFest. The two-day event, which is expected to draw 15,000 people to the Sweetwater campus, will include a gear expo, entertainment events, a musicians’ flea market, and musical demonstrations.

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    Indy Arts Council CEO to Resign

    The president and chief executive officer of the Arts Council of Indianapolis will step down in August. Dave Lawrence, who has been with the organization since 1999, is leaving to become CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Florida.

  • Aussie Company Adds Delivra

    Delivra, an email marketing services provider in Indianapolis, has a new owner. The company, along with Tennessee-based Emma, are now under the Campaign Monitor umbrella. The Australian company says it has 200,000 customers worldwide and its website lists Indianapolis as one of its office locations. In a message posted on Delivra's website, Campaign Monitor Chief Executive Officer Wellford Dillard said...

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    Group Looking to Restore Gary Union Station

    A grant from Indiana Landmarks aims to help give new life to the 108-year-old Union Station in Gary. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report an arts collective and urban preservationist group known as the Decay Devils, which purchased the building last year, will use the grant to determine the cost to restore it.

  • Herff Jones Owner to be Acquired

    The parent of Indianapolis-based Herff Jones will soon be under new ownership. Texas-based Varsity Brands has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Bain Capital Private Equity in Boston.

  • (Image of Angie Raymond courtesy of Indiana University.)

    E-Commerce Taxation Ruling Generates Reactions

    A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on taxing e-commerce is generating reaction throughout the state. In a 5-4 decision, the high court has opened the door for online retailers to charge consumers sales tax even if the business is not based in the same state as the buyer. Both Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce hail the reversal of a previous ruling as a way to "level the playing field" for Hoosier businesses.

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    St. Vincent Announces Layoffs

    St. Vincent Health says it has laid off 85 employees throughout the state. In a statement to Inside INdiana Business, St. Vincent cites a rapidly-evolving healthcare environment as a reason for the workforce reduction. 

  • Food Testing Company Sets Up Shop in Merrillville

    An Illinois-based food quality and food safety testing company has opened a new location in Merrillville. Northland Laboratories says the location will service portions of northern Indiana, southern Michigan and the Chicagoland area.

  • CEO Mike Mushett made the announcement Wednesday alongside several Turnstone athletes.

    Fort Wayne to Host Paralympic Qualifiers

    Turnstone Center in Fort Wayne has announced it will host the International Blind Sports Federation Goalball and Judo Paralympic Qualifying Competition next year. The organization expects up to 400 athletes from over 30 countries to take part. The event will give athletes the chance to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, after world and regional championships held in 2018 and 2019. Events will take place at the Turnstone Center, Indiana Tech and the Grand Wayne Center.

  • Rigging Maker Growing Indiana Footprint

    Indianapolis-based Tway Lifting Products is opening a new facility in Fort Wayne. The company, which makes industrial and commercial rigging products, says it is investing $1 million into the 20,000 square-foot Allen County operation, which will be home to a small number of new employees. The Fort Wayne site, a renovated facility, will include wire rope sling assembly, tensile load testing, chain sling fabrication and production support equipment, as well as retail capabilities.

  • Support Grows For Terre Haute Convention Center

    A proposed convention center in downtown Terre Haute is gaining additional support. Our partners at WTHI-TV report the Capital Improvement Board in Vigo County has renewed its commitment to the facility and plans to host a public meeting next month.

  • Simon Appoints New CFO

    Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) says Brian McDade will be promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer this fall. McDade will succeed Andy Juster, who is retiring from the company at the end of the year. 

  • Old National Bringing on KleinBank

    Evansville-based Old National Bancorp (Nasdaq: ONB) has agreed to acquire a Minnesota bank. The all-stock transaction for Klein Financial Inc. is currently valued at nearly $434 million. The deal, which has received the approval from the Old National and Klein boards of directors, is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Old National says the acquisition will boost its asset total to approximately $20 billion. KleinBank's total assets come in at $2 billion. It has...

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    Gen Con Nearing Badge Sellout

    One of the largest conventions in the state is gearing up for another big year. Gen Con LLC says it has sold more than 90 percent of its four-day admission badges and is on pace to sell out the Indianapolis event for the second consecutive year.

  • Mark Howell serves as CEO of Conexus Indiana.

    Gathering to Sell Manufacturing, Logistics to Interns

    Conexus Indiana, the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, will showcase those industries Thursday in Indianapolis for 150 interns. The event will discuss job opportunities and the importance of the highly-skilled fields. Conexus Indiana Chief Executive Officer Mark Howell will deliver opening remarks and Indianapolis-based Project Lead The Way President Vince Bertram will serve as keynote speaker. Thursday's gathering is part of a two-day summit that includes...

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    Bethel College to Dedicate Auditorium

    Officials from Bethel College and the South Bend-based Kelly Cares Foundation will Thursday dedicate the new Paqui and Brian Kelly Auditorium on the Mishawaka campus. The auditorium, which is the largest lecture hall at the college, recently underwent renovations thanks to a gift from the Notre Dame football coach's foundation. The renovations included updated seating, lighting, flooring, new paint, a remodeled stage, and a larger backstage and storage area.

  • High-Tech Institute Partnering With Traditional Educators

    Indianapolis-based Kenzie Academy is working with Butler University and Purdue Polytechnic High School on high-tech skills training. The Butler collaboration involves joint certifications in front-end web development, full-stack web development and software engineering. Kenzie Academy, which was launched about a year ago and bills itself as an alternative to college, offers career-focused training that involves paid apprenticeship work and immersive learning, mentorship and...

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    Construction Begins on Pro X Facility at Grand Park

    Officials in Westfield broke ground Wednesday on the $5 million Pro X Athlete Development facility at Grand Park Sports Campus.  Westfield, IN –Today, Mayor Andy Cook joined other city leaders and owners of Pro X Athlete Development to break ground on the latest business to make Grand Park its home. The $5 million Pro X facility is scheduled to open in early 2019.

  • Chavers Exiting IndyHub

    The longtime executive director of IndyHub is leaving the organization. Molly Chavers, the founding leader of the civic engagement organization for young professionals, says she plans to take time for family before determining what's next. IndyHub was launched in 2005 by the city of Indianapolis and BioCrossroads to help retain and attract talent. Chavers says...

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    Grants to Support USF Science Center

    Two local foundations in Fort Wayne have awarded a total of $650,000 to the University of Saint Francis. The grants will help fund renovations to the university's Achatz Hall of Science and Research Center. 

  • Rural Indiana Facing 'Have/Have-not Situation'

    The CEO of Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network calls the 16-year-old broadband internet provider "a great Hoosier success story." IFN, which was launched with a focus on high-speed connectivity for 20 rural telephone companies, now includes some 4,000 buildings throughout the state plugged-in through a network of more than 4,500 miles of fiber. Despite its growth, Jim Turner says there's still work to be done to bridge the broadband access gap in rural areas.

  • Reid Health has a presence in Indiana and Ohio.

    Reid Health Details Community Benefits

    Reid Health in Richmond has tallied its community impact over the last five years. The nonprofit health system says grants, outreach efforts and health-focused programming have combined with other initiatives to put back some $176 million into the community. Recently, the Reid Community Benefit program announced $155,000 in grants to improve mental health and fight substance abuse. The most recent grant cycle includes support of organizations including...

  • Assignments Set For Interim Study Committees

    Committee assignments for the General Assembly's summer study session have been released. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88), who chairs the interim study committee process, calls it a "critical time for lawmakers" as they prepare for the upcoming legislative session. The 2019 session will include creation of the biennial budget. Topics slated for discussion include...

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    WESCO Growing in Delaware County

    Pennsylvania-based WESCO Distribution has announced plans to expand its operations in Delaware County. The company says it will move its Daleville branch to a new shell building currently under construction and slated to be complete by the fall. 

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    Fort Wayne Details TenPoint Coalition Plans

    Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has announced plans for the city to become a TenPoint Coalition city. The mayor's office says the move is the next step in the city's efforts to improve the lives on residents by implementing proactive strategies "to reduce violence and emphasize the importance of education, employment, and community partnerships." The TenPoint Coalition originated in Indianapolis. Henry's office says the city expects to become an...

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    Scotty's Brewhouse Begins Franchising

    Indianapolis-based Scotty's Brewhouse is continuing its growth plans. The restaurant has launched a national franchise program in an effort to bring the Scotty's brand to more locations throughout the U.S. Scotty's currently has 17 restaurants, most of which are located in Indiana.

  • Greater Fort Wayne Inc. says construction will begin in August.

    Anodizing Startup Building in Fort Wayne

    A startup aluminum anodizing company has announced plans to build its first location in Fort Wayne. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. says Northern Indiana Anodize will invest nearly $7 million to build the facility and create up to 48 jobs by the end of 2021.

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    Pro Seal to Expand Fort Wayne Location

    Fort Wayne-based Pro Seal & Plastics LLC has announced plans to expand its Allen County operations. The company will invest $2.5 million to double the size of its facility and add more than a dozen jobs within the next year. 

  • The summit is part of a U.S. Department of Commerce program.

    Holcomb to Take Part in D.C. Investment Summit

    Governor Eric Holcomb will take part in the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit beginning today in Washington D.C. Holcomb will participate in meetings with business leaders and give a presentation on Indiana's Next Level Jobs workforce initiative during the two-day event. The summit is part of a U.S. Department of Commerce program focused on bringing more business investment to the United States. The fifth annual event will include business leaders in sectors including...

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    Voters Name Parkview Field 'Best of The Ballparks'

    The home field of the Fort Wayne TinCaps has again received the most votes in a national Best of the Ballparks competition. For the second time in three years, Parkview Field came out on top in online brackets from Ballpark Digest. Four Winds Field in South Bend, home of the South Bend Cubs, finished second. The brackets involved 30 teams from the Midwest League and South Atlantic League. TinCaps President Mike Nutter says...

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    St. Vincent to Open Training Center

    St. Vincent Health will Wednesday open its $13.6 million William Nasser Healthcare Education and Simulation Center in Indianapolis. The facility sits on the property of the former Marten House Hotel near St. Vincent Hospital, which closed in January 2017.

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    $2.6M Grant to Expand Purdue Physics Research

    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $2.6 million grant to fund the High Energy Physics Group at Purdue University. The school says the grant will support the expansion of ongoing research in elementary particle physics.

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    Promotional Video Showcases Bourbon

    A small northern Indiana town has released a video promoting the community, its quality of life and business environment. The video, titled "Middle of Everywhere," showcases the Marshall County town of Bourbon and is part of an ongoing growth effort that includes a comprehensive plan launched last year. Mishawaka-based Big Idea Co. produced the video and previously worked with other Marshall County towns Argos and Culver, as well as...

  • (photo courtesy RQAW Corp.)

    Architecture Firm Set to Open New HQ

    An architecture firm previously located in Indianapolis will Wednesday afternoon cut the ribbon on its new Fishers headquarters. RQAW Corp. says it will also detail its progress toward its job creation commitment to the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

  • (Estimate graphic provided by the I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team.)

    I-69 Bridge Project On-Track, Tolling 'Top Issue'

    The spokesperson for the planned Ohio River Crossing bridge project in southwest Indiana says tolling has emerged as a top issue throughout the public input process. Mindy Peterson tells Inside INdiana Business "unless there's a magic pot of money that is found somewhere, a new I-69 bridge will be tolled." She says the project team is still in information-gathering mode and questions including whether U.S. 41 will be tolled in the future will be...

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    Indy Firm Taps Appirio Exec as CEO

    An Indianapolis-based design and innovation consulting firm has named a new chief executive officer. Studio Science says Steve Pruden, who most recently served as senior vice president of human resources with Indy tech company Appirio, will lead the company.

  • Study: PACE Program Shows 'Consistent Growth'

    The Indiana Arts Commission's Partnering Arts, Communities, and Education program is showing "promising results," according to a new report. The PACE 2016-2017 Project Report says the program is "ideally positioned to contribute to the literacy development of students." 

  • UE to Offer Master's in Leadership

    The University of Evansville has announced plans to launch a Master of Science in Leadership program this fall. UE says the the program, which will be a hybrid of on-campus and online instruction, will provide "an opportunity for working professionals to grow and advance in leadership skills that are pivotal to success in today’s dynamic work environments."

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    LCI Leader Wins 'Entrepreneur of the Year'

    The chief executive officer of Elkhart-based LCI Industries Inc. (NYSE: LCII) has received a major honor. Jason Lippert has been named the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Midwest region.

  • ULG Staffing Adds Fort Wayne Office

    A subsidiary of Logansport-based ULG Companies LLC has opened a new office in Fort Wayne. ULG Staffing says the office will focus on the manufacturing and distribution industries in north central Indiana. Details of ULG's investment in the new office were not immediately disclosed. 

  • (Image of General Gene Renuart courtesy of the Indiana Innovation Institute.)

    Agreement Paves Way For Microelectronics Collaboration

    A new four-way partnership aims to boost the state's national position in the field of trusted microelectronics. The Indiana Innovation Institute, Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indiana University and Purdue University have inked a cooperative research and development agreement that officials say will drive research, talent and economic development. The collaboration will work to develop microelectronics that are...

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    Bargersville Company to Relocate

    A nearly 80-year-old company in Johnson County is looking to expand. Our partners at the Daily Journal report Bargersville-based Roy Umbarger and Sons is planning to invest $13 million to relocate its feed division to a site near Franklin.

  • Paul Vincent is director of the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group.

    Holcomb: State Will Dip Into Surplus For DCS Fixes

    An outside organization brought in by the state to review and offer potential fixes for the state's Department of Child Services has detailed its findings. The Alabama-based Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group has created 20 recommendations based on a six-month assessment requested by Governor Eric Holcomb. During a presentation Monday in Indianapolis, Holcomb announced plans to direct $25 million from the state's surplus funds toward priorities that could include...

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    New Office Building Planned in Fishers

    An $8.5 million office building is planned for the Fishers Certified Tech Park in Hamilton County. Plans call for a multi-story facility with 31,000 square-feet of space. Carmel-based The Hageman Group is partnering with the city on the project. Current properties in the Tech Park include Launch Fishers and the Indiana IoT Lab. President Shane Hageman says...

  • CareEnroll Growing in La Porte, Fishers

    La Porte-based CareEnroll LLC has detailed expansion plans. The company, which advises patients on health insurance enrollment and maintaining coverage, says it has already hired 80 on its way to a total of nearly 200 new employees over the next two-and-a-half years. CareEnroll is investing $3 million into its LaPorte County headquarters, which includes adding equipment, a new call center and space for professional development. The company is looking to fill open positions in...

  • Ohio River Crossing Updates Prove More Costly

    The I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team has unveiled updated preliminary alternatives for I-69 bridge and interstate connections that come with higher price tags. The group says the changes on the Evansville-to-Henderson, Kentucky project were based in part on public input on factors ranging from routes to tolling.

  • Purdue Fort Wayne Unveils New Sports Branding

    Purdue University Fort Wayne has unveiled a new look for its sports teams. The university says it will continue to use the Mastodon as its mascot, however a new logo and color scheme will be used to better match with the Purdue brand.

  • Jonathan Elmer is a co-principal investigator for the grant. (photo courtesy IU)

    Mellon Grant to Establish IU Humanities Lab

    Indiana University says it will use a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a collaborative research laboratory dedicated to contemporary arts and humanities. Known as Platform, the lab will have a focus on global popular music and Indiana studies.

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    IU Health West President Updates $80M Expansion

    As executives continue to receive feedback about an $80 million expansion of Indiana University Health West Hospital in Avon, newly-appointed President Art Vasquez says the project is focused on the future. Plans call for four dozen additional beds, a new operating room and additional laboratory and support service space. Vasquez tells Inside INdiana Business capacity issues at the 14-year-old Hendricks County facility have led to hundreds of patients a year being transported elsewhere.

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    The Finish Line Acquisition Complete

    The nearly $560 million acquisition of Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. is complete. The deal by JD Sports Fashion plc, a retailer headquartered in the United Kingdom, was announced in March. Finish Line shareholders last week approved the transaction. The Finish Line is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of JD Sports. Finish Line Chief Executive Officer Sam Sato will remain with the surviving corporation and will maintain a seat with the board of directors.

  • Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry (photo courtesy City of Fort Wayne)

    Fort Wayne Proposing Paid Parental Leave

    Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has announced a new policy to provide non-union city employees with paid parental leave. The policy will be presented to the Fort Wayne Common Council next week, with discussion and a possible vote taking place next month.

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    Referendum on Indoor Sports Arena Added to Ballot

    A proposal for a $15 million addition to the Lincoln Community Center in Lake County will go before voters this November. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report a referendum will be on the ballot to construct a nearly 50,000-square-foot indoor sports arena at the facility.

  • Anthem Completes Aspire Acquisition

    Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) has completed its acquisition of Aspire Health in Tennessee. While financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, Anthem says the non-hospice palliative care provider will continue to operate as a subsidiary of Anthem in its Diversified Business Group.

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    Notre Dame Professor Scores $800K Grant

    A University of Notre Dame philosophy professor has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The $806,000 grant will be used to expand a popular course created by Meghan Sullivan into a national curricular model.

  • IU Trustees Approve Operating Budget

    The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved the university's operating budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. IU says the budget includes $3.7 billion in spending across all of the university's campuses, a 2.5 percent increase over the previous year. The budget also includes previously-set resident undergraduate tuition and fee increases, as well as a salary increase for faculty and professional staff. IU says the 2.5 percent increase is the...

  • Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group director Paul Vincent (left) with Indiana DCS director Terry Stigdon. (photo courtesy Eric Berman/WIBC)

    Nonprofit to Present DCS Findings

    Officials from the Alabama-based Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group will Monday present the final findings and recommendations from its evaluation of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Governor Eric Holcomb requested the assessment in December following the resignation of former DCS Director Mary Beth Bonaventura.

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    Sazerac Acquires Former General Mills Plant

    Louisiana-based Sazerac Co. Inc. has made the first step in its recently-announced plans to locate a new alcohol bottling facility in Indiana. The company has purchased the former General Mills plant in New Albany for an undisclosed sum, a move that is part of an overall $66 million investment that is expected to create up to 110 jobs by 2021. A joint venture between New Mill Capital Holdings LLC and Tiger Group sold the facility to Sazerac. The 455,000-square-foot plant closed...

  • Officials See Rich Dairy Future For Indiana

    State agriculture officials say a decision by Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to locate a major milk processing facility in Fort Wayne validates what they say is a promising future for the state's dairy industry. Walmart and state officials last week christened the state-of-the-art facility, which employs 300 and will buy milk from hundreds of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio farmers. "I think Walmart saw the business climate in Indiana, but they also know that we are able to..."

  • Pogue's Run Grocer opened in 2010.

    Pogue's Run Grocer Closing

    An Indianapolis grocery co-operative says it will close Tuesday. Pogue's Run Grocer, which opened on the city's near east side in 2010, announced on Facebook that sales are at the lowest they've ever been and "the store has reached a point where it cannot sustain itself and the people who are carrying most of the burden are the employees." Pogue's Run has focused on selling local produce and organic and responsibly-sourced foods.

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    State FFA Convention Set to Begin

    The 89th Indiana FFA State Convention begins Monday at Purdue University in West Lafayette. The four-day event will include community service projects, awards ceremonies and the election of state officers. Thousands of students will take part in community projects during the event, including making blankets and CANstruction projects that will be donated to Hoosiers in need. Speakers will include Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and paralympian and best-selling author...

  • Indiana and Kentucky have also initiated a federally-required study on the I-69 corridor project.

    Ohio River Crossing Team to Update Alternatives

    The I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team will Monday unveil updated preliminary alternatives for a new I-69 bridge and interstate connections. The team says the updates reflect design changes, public input and new cost estimates. ORX Environmental Lead Dan Prevost and spokesperson Mindy Peterson will discuss the updated alternatives for the project between Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky. The event is scheduled for 11:45 CST in Evansville.

  • Purdue Trustees Approve State Funding Request

    The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the university's 10-year capital plan, as well as a legislative capital project request for $79 million in state funding in the 2019-2021 biennium. Additionally, the board has added five initiatives to the Purdue Moves strategic plan. Purdue says the biennial plan will be submitted to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the State Budget Committee for approval. The request calls for state funding that will...

  • More than 150 Indiana Grown vendors took part in the Monumental Marketplace in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

    Indiana Grown Puts Members In Spotlight

    The Indiana Grown initiative's signature event returned today to downtown Indianapolis. Program Manager Heather Tallman says the Monumental Marketplace has already paid dividends in its two-year history. "We had wineries that met blackberry growers that were able to buy blackberries and then distribution who came here and met different people they could start using in restaurants and grocery stores," said Tallman.

  • The event will take place at Launch Indy, located at The Union 525 in downtown Indianapolis.

    Civic Hack to Tackle Food Insecurity

    The city of Indianapolis is teaming up with the Indy Chamber, TechPoint and Open Indy Brigade on a 24-hour hackathon aimed at developing technology to tackle food insecurity in Marion County. The 2018 Indy Civic Hack begins Friday evening at Launch Indy with the goal of finding novel ways to connect Indianapolis residents in need with food-related resources and services. The hackathon is open to coders, developers and designers from throughout the area. The city says it's looking for...

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    Terre Haute Council Sets Hearing With Sony DADC Reps

    The Terre Haute City Council has scheduled a hearing with representatives from Sony DADC regarding the company's tax incentives. Our partners at WTHI-TV report the hearing is related to layoffs the company announced in January.

  • NTK Precision Axle Corp. announced plans for a new facility in March 2017. (rendering courtesy NTK)

    NTK Receives Late Incentives For Anderson Plant

    The Anderson City Council has approved belated tax incentives for Japan-based NTK Precision Axle Corp. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin the approvals are related to the company's 300,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which began production earlier this year.

  • Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will be the keynote speaker at the event.

    Indiana Dems to Hold State Convention

    The Indiana Democratic Party will Saturday host its state convention in Indianapolis. Nearly 2,000 delegates will be on hand to nominate the party's statewide candidates and approve its 2018 platform.

  • State Unemployment Remains Steady

    Indiana's unemployment rate remains at 3.2 percent for the fourth consecutive month. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state added 1,300 private sector jobs in April with the labor force growing by nearly 16,000. According to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indiana's labor force participation rate was 64.3 percent last month, which remains higher than the national rate. The national unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.8 percent.

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    IU Kelley Hosting Accounting Research Conference

    Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is today and tomorrow hosting the 14th annual Midwest Accounting Research Conference in Bloomington. The event involves academic networking and collaboration for faculty and Ph.D. students at 10 universities from throughout the Midwest. Organizers say nearly 100 professors and Ph.D. students have registered for the conference.

  • Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers (file photo)

    Report: More Students Ready For College

    A new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education says more Hoosier high school graduates are prepared for college than ever before. The 2018 College Readiness Report says more students are earning college credit while in high school and fewer graduates require remediation when entering college.

  • There are nine Purdue Polytechnic locations throughout the state.

    IU, Purdue Polytechnic Partner on College Prep

    The Indiana University School of Education is teaming up with Purdue Polytechnic Institute in hopes of preparing students to fill an estimated one million Indiana job openings by 2025. The collaboration will involve access to IU's Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration and the CareerMaker program at all nine of Purdue Polytechnic's statewide locations. The P-16 Center, named for its focus on students from pre-kindergarten through graduation, works to improve...

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    First Financial Donates Historic Building For Restoration

    Terre Haute-based First Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: THFF) has donated the more than century-old building that previously served as its main office to Indiana Landmarks. The parent of First Financial Bank says once the building has been restored, it will serve as the new home of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

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    Winery Celebrating 175 Years

    A Clark County winery will Friday celebrate its 175th anniversary. Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Starlight is hosting an all-day event to commemorate the milestone, which the winery says will be celebrated all year long. 

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    Purdue Global Names Business School Dean

    Purdue University Global has named Jeffrey Buck dean of the School of Business and Information Technology. Buck, who previously served as an associate dean at Anderson University, succeeds Thomas Boyd, who recently retired.

  • Mark Music is chairman of Ruoff Financial Corp.

    Ruoff to Acquire White County Bank

    Fort Wayne-based Ruoff Financial Corp. has announced plans to acquire SBB Bancshares Inc. in White County. Financial terms were not disclosed, however Ruoff says once the deal is complete, SBB subsidiary State Bank of Burnettsville will be renamed and operate as Ruoff Bank. The acquisition is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter. Ruoff says no job losses are expected. Ruoff Financial Corp. is the parent of Ruoff Home Mortgage, which has more than...

  • Hobart is the first municipality to join the effort.

    'Move to Indiana' Campaign Adds Key Partner

    The city of Hobart has become the first municipality to join a comprehensive effort to try to get families to move from Illinois to northwest Indiana. The Move to Indiana campaign also involves partners including The Times of Northwest Indiana, Centier Bank and Purdue University Northwest. South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority Chief Executive Officer Speros Batistatos says the goal is to reach out to "overtaxed and overburdened" Illinois residents and promote...

  • Board of Ed Approves First Locally Created Pathway

    The Indiana State Board of Education has approved its first Locally Created Pathway in an effort to empower students to plan their course of study and possible careers. The board voted unanimously to approve the Civic Arts Pathway from Greater Clark County Schools.

  • The Stellar Communities program began in 2011.

    Ball State Institute Assists 'Stellar' Finalists

    The six Indiana regions vying to this year's Stellar Communities designation are moving forward with their plans. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs says the finalists have completed meetings with the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University.

  • GI Bill Funds Now Accepted at Eleven Fifty Academy

    Active duty members of the military and veterans are now able to use government-awarded financial aid to pay for a 12-week coding course in Fishers. Eleven Fifty Academy is now an approved organization for GI Bill funds through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. This means the program is more accessible to service members and veterans that need financial assistance.

  • Bionode's technology originally required contacts, but has been updated to produce the same effect with glasses only.

    Purdue Fund Invests $750K in Startups

    The Purdue Research Foundation's Foundry Investment Fund is investing $750,000 in three life sciences startups. Purdue says the funding will be used as partial matches to investments made in the startups by other investors.

  • Kellogg's closed the plant in 2017. (photo courtesy WTHI-TV)

    Saturn Petcare Changes Plans For Vigo County

    Plans for a Germany-based company to establish operations in Vigo County have changed. Our partners at WTHI-TV report Saturn Petcare is no longer moving into the former Kellogg's plant in Seelyville, but rather the former Pfizer building in the southern portion of the county. 

  • Allegiant International Acquired by Cincy Company

    A Cincinnati-based engineering, supply chain, technical recruiting and IT services supplier has acquired Indianapolis-based Allegiant International LLC. Belcan LLC is not disclosing the financial terms of the deal. 

  • Opioid Symposiums to Tackle 'Pervasive' Problem

    The organizer of four upcoming opioid epidemic symposiums says the focus of the gatherings in White, Wabash, Daviess and Putnam counties is "illumination." Indiana Rural Health Association Network Development Officer Deena Dodd calls the crisis pervasive, but the symposiums she says, could be a catalyst for strategic discussions in communities of all sizes. The July and August events are a partnership between...

  • Construction is expected to take 18 months to complete. (photo courtesy Caesars Entertainment)

    Horseshoe Casino Begins Move to Land

    Construction has begun on the state's next land-based casino. Horseshoe Southern Indiana has broken ground on the $85 million project in Harrison County, which is expected to take 18 months to complete. The 100,000-square-foot facility in Elizabeth will replace the existing riverboat casino, which will remain in operation until construction is complete. Horseshoe Southern Indiana parent Caesars Entertainment Corp. (Nasdaq: CZR) received approval from the Indiana Gaming Commission...

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    Draft: City Willing to Chip in More For Electric Works

    The city of Fort Wayne has released a draft development agreement that shows officials are on-board with seeking $62 million in public funds requested by the redevelopment group behind the proposed transformation of the abandoned General Electric campus. Paperwork released by the city details a series of conditions RTM Ventures LLC must meet in order to receive the incentives for the $440 million Electric Works project. Mayor Tom Henry's previous public statements involved...

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    Sun King Heading to Sunshine State

    Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing has entered into a deal to bring its beers to Florida beginning next month. The state's second-largest brewery has inked a partnership with Cavalier Distributing to sell some of its beers in bars and liquor stores in the state. Sun King co-owner Clay Robinson says the company sent beer to a Florida festival earlier this year and the response was "overwhelming." The deal involves two of Sun King's core beers as well as seasonal...

  • Walmart: New Milk Plant Fed by Hoosiers Farmers

    The largest retailer in the country will host a grand opening Wednesday in Fort Wayne for its first milk processing plant in North America. The 250,000 square-foot Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) facility, the company says, has already created more than 300 jobs. Plans for the plant were unveiled two years ago following an increased emphasis by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture on boosting the Hoosier dairy industry. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business...

  • Merchant's new headquarters building is currently under construction in Carmel. (photo courtesy city of Carmel)

    Merchants to Acquire Illinois Bank

    Carmel-based Merchants Bancorp (Nasdaq: MBIN) has announced plans to acquire FM Bancorp Inc. in Illinois. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, however Merchants expects it to close in the fourth quarter. The terms of the agreement state once the acquisition is complete, FM Bancorp will merge into Merchants. FM Bancorp's subsidiary, Farmers-Merchants National Bank of Paxton, will merge with and into Joy State Bank, which Merchants acquired last year.

  • Officials broke ground on the project a year ago.

    BorgWarner to Open Noblesville Tech Center

    Executives from Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) will Thursday celebrate the grand opening of the company's new 100,000-square-foot technical center in Noblesville. The facility, plans for which were announced last year, consolidates BorgWarner's existing Indiana tech centers into one location.

  • Attorney General to Visit Fort Wayne

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make a stop Thursday in Indiana. The U.S. Department of Justice says Sessions will be in Fort Wayne to speak about the Trump administration's immigration policies.

  • Coda comes to the ports building on a 25-year logistics career.

    Ports of Indiana Names New CEO

    The Ports of Indiana has named Vanta E. Coda II its next chief executive officer. Coda most recently served as executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, which the organization says is the busiest port district on the Great Lakes. His previous experience also includes an executive role with Jeffersonville-based American Commercial Barge Lines. Coda succeeds Rich Cooper, who is retiring next month after 16 years with the Ports of Indiana.

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    Report: Elkhart-Goshen Region Tops in Job Growth Since Recession

    U.S. Department of Labor data shows three Indiana cities have made some of the largest employment gains in the country since the end of the Great Recession. Bloomberg reports employment in the Elkhart-Goshen region increased by more than 41,300 jobs since 2009, the highest in the U.S. Kokomo was third overall and Columbus came in 13th. The numbers suggest unemployment in Elkhart-Goshen fell by nearly 14,000 over the last nine years.

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    Colts Training Camp Schedule Released

    The Indianapolis Colts and the city of Westfield have unveiled the schedule for the 2018 Colts Training Camp. The camp will be held for the first time at Grand Park Sports Campus as part of a 10-year partnership announced in September. This year's training camp is set to begin July 25 in what the team says will be "the most fan-focused Colts camp to date." The camp is free, however those wishing to attend must obtain a free ticket for each day, which can be acquired at...

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    IUPUI Names Founding School of Education Dean

    IUPUI has selected Jesse Perez Mendez as the founding dean of the IUPUI School of Education. Mendez, who previously served as associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Central Florida's College of Education and Human Performance, is slated to begin his new role in August.

  • The first phase of the Electric Works project is slated to begin this year.

    Electric Works Clears Another Hurdle

    Plans for the $440 million redevelopment of the former General Electric campus in downtown Fort Wayne are moving forward. The Fort Wayne City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a rezoning petition for the Electric Works project. Changing the property to a limited commercial classification will clear the way for the mix of residential and retail uses planned by RTM Venures.

  • Ivy Tech Bloomington Names 'Achieve Your Degree' Partner

    Ivy Tech Community College's Bloomington campus is partnering with another local employer to give employees the chance to complete their college degrees. Massachusetts-based Boston Scientific, which has a facility in Spencer, is collaborating with the school as part of the Achieve Your Degree program.

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    Muncie Meets School Board Candidates

    Candidates for the Muncie Community Schools board delivered public presentations Tuesday at Muncie Central High School. Ball State University will take control of the district July 1 and its board of trustees will select five members of the local district, while the Muncie mayor and city council will each appoint one member. Each offered a vision for the role and answered questions from BSU President Geoff Mearns involving...

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    Cook Medical Poised to Purchase High-Profile NC Property

    Bloomington-based Cook Medical has announced an agreement to acquire a former cigarette factory in North Carolina. The medical device manufacturer says it plans to transform the R.J. Reynolds building, vacant since 2012, into the new home for its Winston-Salem operations. Cook Medical employs more than 650 in the North Carolina city. Cook Medical Winston-Salem facility President Barry Slowey says...

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    Delaware County Land Acquired For Conservation

    The Muncie-based Land Conservation Fund has awarded $155,000 to the Red-tail Land Conservancy to help protect and serve a 30-acre parcel of land in the Delaware County city. The fund says the effort will help protect woodland and wetlands within Reber Woods, which will ultimately open to the public.

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    USDA Licenses Elanco Swine Vaccine

    Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health has received licensing approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a swine vaccine. The Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) division says Prevacent reduces porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, a disease it estimates costs the industry between $560 million and $660 million per year. The vaccine can be used in piglets two weeks or older. PRRS first emerged in the late-1980s.

  • The YMCA's current location will remain open during construction. (photo courtesy of our partners at WTVW-TV)

    Ground Broken on Evansville YMCA

    The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana has broken ground on its new facility in downtown Evansville. Our partners at WEHT-TV report the two-story, 80,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in August 2019.

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    Officials to Cut Ribbon on Power Plant

    St. Joseph Energy LLC will Wednesday join officials from throughout the state to cut the ribbon on the first phase of a new natural gas-fired power facility in northern Indiana. The company says the St. Joseph Energy Center in New Carlisle will be able to generate more than 700 megawatts of clean, unsubsidized energy for consumers throughout the region.

  • Michael Burton is CEO of Lev.

    Levementum Undergoes Rebranding

    Arizona-based Levementum, which has a major presence in Indianapolis, has rebranded to the name Lev. The digital consulting firm says the decision boosts its ability to stand out within a highly-competitive space.

  • ClearObject Collaboration Acts as 'Accelerator'

    The chief executive officer of Fishers-based ClearObject Corp. says a new partnership with UI Labs' Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago will broaden the Internet of Things-focused company's global presence. John McDonald says the collaboration will provide access to university and industry talent, expertise and connections. ClearObject is one of over 300 UI Labs partners, including Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and...

  • Vera Bradley Loss Narrows

    Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley Inc. (Nasdaq: VRA) is reporting a fiscal first quarter net loss of $1.4 million, compared to a net loss of $4 million during the same period last year. Chief Executive Officer Robert Wallstrom says the improved earnings are due, in part, to reduced clearance and improved full-price selling.

  • The campaign will support an expanded headquarters for JANI. (rendering courtesy Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana)

    Steel Dynamics Gift to Support Entrepreneurial Center

    The philanthropic arm of Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc. (Nasdaq: STLD) has made a major contribution to Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana. The Steel Dynamics Foundation Inc. has committed $750,000 to the organization's capital campaign to relocate and expand its headquarters in Fort Wayne. The donation is part of JANI's $12 million Casting the Vision campaign, but will be focused toward the development of the new Steel Dynamics Entrepreneurial Center.

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    Lilly, AstraZeneca End Trials Early

    A series of trials for a potential Alzheimer's disease treatment being tested by Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) and AstraZeneca has been called off. The companies have accepted the recommendation of an independent data monitoring committee to discontinue late-stage trials of lanabecestat. The committee concluded trials involving participants in early stages of the disease and mild cases of the disease, as well as a related extension trial, would...

  • Jason Konesco (podium) is the CEO of ClearScholar.

    ClearScholar Acquired by Texas Company

    An Indianapolis-based tech company is under new ownership. ClearScholar, which has developed a mobile student engagement platform, has been acquired by Texas-based Civitas Learning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 

  • Country music star Randy Houser will be one of this year's performers.

    More State Fair Concerts Announced

    The Indiana State Fair has unveiled five additional musical acts that will perform during the 17-day run of the fair this summer. The concerts, which will be free with paid admission to the fair, will take place on the Chevrolet Free Stage. T\

  • Purdue, IBRI Expand Partnership

    Purdue University and the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis are growing their partnership. The two have signed a strategic alliance agreement that the university says will allow for "seamless research interactions among researchers at both institutions." 

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    Indiana State Fair Hiring For Seasonal Jobs

    The Indiana State Fair will Tuesday host a job fair in an effort to fill more than 1,000 seasonal positions. Individuals interested in working at the fair this summer will have the opportunity to apply and take part in on-site interviews for the jobs.

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    Public to Hear From Muncie School Board Finalists

    A public forum introducing the finalists for the next Muncie Community Schools board will take place Tuesday night at Muncie Central High School. During a special session last month, the General Assembly approved legislation that allows Ball State University to take over management of the local school district. The Ball State Board of Trustees will appoint five members of the Muncie Community Schools board, while the mayor and city council will each select one member.

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    Aggressively Organic Making Public Debut

    Fishers-based indoor agriculture company Aggressively Organic is launching its product to the public. The company, which makes hydroponic, micro-chambers to grow produce indoors, says its first Micro Pods will arrive in August. The announcement comes on on the heels of what the company calls a successful private launch and winning the Food+City Challenge Prize competition at March's South by Southwest in Texas. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Partlow...

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    Indianapolis Prize Winner to Use Award as Leverage

    The winner of this year's Indianapolis Prize wants to use the honor and the $250,000 in prize money to serve as a multiplier for his wildlife conservation efforts. Russell Mittermeier, who was a finalist twice previously, says he plans to use the platform and part of the funding to leverage additional donations toward causes such as biodiversity, tropical forest protection and saving individual animal groups and species. He is the seventh winner of the prize and has been in the...

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    Shareholders Approve Finish Line Merger

    The merger involving Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. (Nasdaq: FINL) has cleared a key hurdle. The company's shareholders have approved the $560 million deal with JD Sports Fashion Plc in the United Kingdom.

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    Governor's Workforce Cabinet Lands Federal Approval

    The U.S. Department of Labor has approved Governor Eric Holcomb's waiver request regarding the Governor's Workforce Cabinet. The approval allows the cabinet to serve as the state's federally-mandated workforce development board. The cabinet was created earlier this year with the Indiana General Assembly's passage of Senate Enrolled Act 50. Holcomb made the waiver request in March and unveiled the members of the cabinet the following month. Holcomb's office says it creates a smaller ...
  • (Image of Mayor Tom McDermott courtesy of the city of Hammond.)

    Groundbreaking Set For Final Oxbow Landing Parcel

    Construction on the final parcel in a high-profile Hammond property will ceremonially begin Tuesday in Lake County. City and ATG Real Estate Development LLC officials will gather for a groundbreaking on $8 million office and retail buildings at Oxbow Landing near the Indiana Toll Road. The area was once the site of River Park Apartments, a crime-ridden complex that was demolished in 2006. Adjoining parcels include...

  • Julie Heath (pictured left) is executive director of The Speak Easy and Jenny Vance (pictured right) is chairwoman of the nonprofit coworking space organization.

    Speak Easy Finds Fit With New Leader For New Pursuits

    The board leader of The Speak Easy in Indianapolis says she sees new opportunities that can build off the strengths of its new leader. The nonprofit coworking organization Monday announced Julie Heath as its executive director and Chairwoman Jenny Vance says The Speak Easy is now poised to pursue more support from foundations and grants. Vance says Heath's ability to connect with members and experience in the nonprofit world, including time at the...

  • Caito Foods was founded in 1965.

    Caito Foods Recalls Melon Products

    Indianapolis-based Caito Foods has issued a voluntary recall of some of its fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut mixed fruit products. The company says the products, which were produced at its Indianapolis facility, have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

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    Local Group Working to Turn Old Brick Plant Into Park

    A community-based group that owns a historic Jackson County landmark is looking toward the future with recent clean-up efforts that could lead to its eventual restoration as a park. Medora Brick Plant & Historical Sites Inc. recently held a dedication ceremony and discussed its intention to transform the site into an attraction. Bricks were produced on-site until the early 1990s and the organization officially acquired the property in December. The Tribune in Seymour reports...

  • Baldwin & Lyons Executive Chairman Resigns

    Carmel-based Baldwin & Lyons Inc. (Nasdaq: BWINA and BWINB) has announced Steven Shapiro has resigned as executive chairman and member of the board of directors. Chief Executive Officer Randy Birchfield says the company has decided to retire the executive chairman position as well.

  • Bernie Eagan is the afternoon host on B105.7 in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy of our partners at WIBC)

    IBA Names Hall of Fame Inductees

    The Indiana Broadcasters Association has announced four new inductees to the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame. The class will be inducted this fall during the 2018 Indiana Broadcasters Conference.

  • Patrick Acquires Marine Accessories Corp.

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: PATK) has acquired Tennessee-based Marine Accessories Corp. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed, however Patrick says MAC will continue to operate under its brand names in its existing facilities.

  • Lyles was the kelley School's first female management professor.

    IU Kelley Prof to Lead Global Business Academy

    A professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis will lead a prominent international business association. Marjorie Lyles has been selected to lead the Academy of International Business, which has nearly 3,400 members in 94 countries. The Academy of International Business is an association of scholars and specialists in international business. She became a fellow at the academy in 2005. She also serves as an area editor for the...

  • Public Meeting to Detail I-69 Work

    A public meeting Monday will focus on additional construction work on I-69 in east central Indiana. The meeting will be conducted by the Indiana Department of Transportation to detail and answer questions about added travel lanes and maintenance. The work will involve a section of the interstate between State Road 38 and State Road 32. The hour-long public meeting will include INDOT and contractors Walsh Construction and Rieth-Riley. It will begin at...

  • Chris McBarnes is in his second term as mayor of Frankfort.

    Frankfort Mayor: 'Build it And They Will Come'

    While numerous Hoosier small town downtowns are struggling, the mayor of Frankfort says a revitalization plan aimed at attracting talent in his city is gaining momentum. This weekend, Chris McBarnes helped christen Nickle Plate Flats, a $7.2 million downtown apartment complex complete with electric vehicle charging stations and other amenities. The second-term Republican mayor believes the apartment development and other projects are already beginning to attract talent.

  • New Leader For The Speak Easy

    The Speak Easy in Indianapolis has a new executive director. Julie Heath, who previously served as a vice president with software as a service startup Boardable, succeeds Danielle McDowell as head of the coworking space and entrepreneurial organization. McDowell left in April. Prior to Boardable, Heath was director of strategy & partnerships at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia.

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    Indiana GOP Picks Statewide Candidates

    Indiana Republicans have set their statewide candidates for the November election. The party officially nominated Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and Auditor Tera Klutz at the 2018 Indiana Republican State Convention in Evansville. "By putting forward an all-female ticket for just the second time in Indiana history," said Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer in a news release, "Indiana Republicans are providing..."

  • The agency says general fund revenues were $70.9 million below the December 2017 estimate.

    May State Revenue Misses Projections

    Indiana state revenue last month came in more than 6 percent below the latest estimate. The Indiana State Budget agency says the $1.07 billion total is also more than 10 percent below collections during the same month last year. The agency says general fund revenues were $70.9 million below the December 2017 estimate, and $126.8 million below May 2017 revenue.

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    Hoosier Airports Awarded Infrastructure Grants

    The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will award nearly $17 million in infrastructure grants to several airports throughout Indiana. The funding is part of the DOT's Airport Improvement Program. 

  • (Image of Cory Redding courtesy of the Cory Redding Foundation.)

    Prison Time For Ex-Advisor to Former Colts Standout

    A California man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing $4.7 million from former Indianapolis Colts player Cory Redding. Ray Cleveland, who was Redding's financial advisor for 10 years, was convicted on federal fraud and money laundering charges for an investment scheme that involved the retired NFL defensive lineman and others. In addition to the prison time, Cleveland has been ordered to pay full restitution of $4,706,066.86.

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    IU Health Foundation Names Regional Leader

    Indiana University Health has selected Diane Buzzell as director of philanthropy for the south central region of the IU Health Foundation. Buzzell has served in the role on an interim basis since the foundation's inception earlier this year.

  • Officials broke ground Thursday on the $110 million development.

    Hotel Developer: The Yard Will Be 'A Destination'

    The president of the company bringing a dual-branded hotel to The Yard in Fishers says the culinary and entertainment district will be "unique in its concept." Dunn Hospitality Group's David Dunn says it's a prime site for the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, because guests will have access to 18 food and beverage outlets along with top-line entertainment and shopping venues without leaving the campus. Dunn tells Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman..

  • Steve Sanger (image courtesy of DePauw University) received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2004.

    DePauw President: $20M Gift Will Develop 'Leaders The World Needs'

    The president of DePauw University says The Sanger Leadership Initiative, born from a $20 million gift from 1968 graduates Steve and Karen Sanger, will help shape "the leaders the world needs." Mark McCoy says students on the Greencastle campus will be exposed to experiential tools and opportunities that will help elevate DePauw to a "one of a kind" institution. Steve Sanger spent 13 years at chief executive officer of General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS), retiring in 2008.

  • Fort Wayne Nonprofit Aims to Impress Job Candidates

    Considering moving for a job is a big decision, and a Fort Wayne entrepreneur wants to make the process more personal. Lynn Reecer says her nonprofit, Northeast Indiana Talent Attraction Inc., is gaining traction as it helps companies sell the region to job candidates and their families.

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    Republicans Set For State Convention

    Hoosier Republicans will this weekend gather in Evansville for the 2018 Indiana Republican State Convention. Delegates at the event will formally approve the party's 2018 platform and nominate its 2018 statewide candidates.

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    Milan to Dedicate 'State Champs 1954' Water Tower

    The town of Milan will Saturday dedicate the iconic water tower that celebrates Milan High School's 1954 Boys State Basketball Championship. The underdog story inspired the 1986 movie "Hoosiers," which put the community on the national stage. The water tower, which is painted black with white lettering that reads "State Champs 1954," was built in 1924 and last painted almost 50 years ago. The town acquired the tower in 2011.

  • Indy Airport Topples Two Monthly Records

    Passenger traffic at Indianapolis International Airport reached record highs during two months in the first quarter. More passengers traveled through IND in January and March than ever before and the total number of passengers boarding planes in Indianapolis in February also rose compared to the same month a year earlier. In all, first quarter passenger traffic increased by 8 percent over the same period in 2017.

  • Fishers-based RealAmerica Development is leading the project.

    Developer Planning $11M Columbus Workforce Housing

    The Columbus City Council is considering tax abatement for an $11 million workforce development housing project. The Republic reports the abatement would support Fishers-based developer RealAmerica Development LLC’s application for state tax credits, which would finance the majority of the project.

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    State Scores 'A' in Manufacturing, Logistics Health

    A new study shows employment in the manufacturing sector in Indiana is expanding faster than ever before and the logistics industry is experiencing its second-longest expansion in 50 years. The 2018 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, a collaboration between the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research and Conexus Indiana, graded states in nine categories and Indiana is one of only five states to receive an "A" overall.

  • Site Selection Experts List Hottest Trends

    Site selection considerations may seem to rarely change, but KSM Location Advisors says they are fluid, requiring stakeholders to be nimble. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and President Katie Culp say one key factor that is becoming more important than previous decades is social issues. They say companies are more curious now about a state’s political climate or local hot-button issues that may need to be addressed from a public relations perspective.

  • (Image of Steve and Karen Sanger provided by DePauw University.)

    Former General Mills CEO Gives $20M to DePauw

    DePauw University has received a major gift from a former chief executive officer of General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) and his wife. Steve and Karen Sanger have committed $20 million to their alma mater. The donation will create the Sanger Leadership Initiative, which will bring together multiple co-curricular centers on-campus for new leadership learning opportunities, experiential learning programs, speaking events and collaborations with other institutions.

  • Kerr has also previously held executive roles with Groupon, Angie’s List and GHX.

    Allos Ventures Adds Managing Director

    Indianapolis-based venture capital firm Allos Ventures has added David Kerr as its third managing director. He most recently served as chief executive officer of sales technology and Allos portfolio company Octiv. Kerr has also previously held executive roles with Groupon, Angie’s List and GHX. In March, Colorado-based Conga acquired Octiv. In 2016, Octiv, previously known as TinderBox, announced a $3 million expansion and plans for more than 200 new jobs in...

  • The tournament is being held at Blackthorn Golf Club.

    Four Winds Invitational Set to Begin

    The seventh annual Four Winds Invitational will begin Friday in South Bend. This year’s tournament, hosted by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds Casinos, will feature 144 golfers competing for a $150,000 purse.

  • Tsinghua University Art Museum (photo courtesy IU)

    IU Art Museum Partners With Chinese Museum

    The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington has begun a new partnership with Tsinghua University Art Museum in China. The deal includes cooperation in exhibitions, programs, and staff and student exchanges over a multi-year period.

  • State Salutes 'Golden' Hoosiers

    The state has announced 21 Golden Hoosier Award winners. This year's recipients will be honored at a Statehouse ceremony June 21. The award is 10 years old and recognizes senior citizens for their service and commitment to the state. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says "with more than 80 submissions from individuals across the state, it certainly was difficult to narrow down to 21 exceptional senior citizens." The 2018 recipients are...

  • IPS Board Approves Referendum Proposal

    The IPS Board of School Commissioners has approved resolutions to put a $52 million capital improvement referendum on the November general election ballot. If approved by voters, the referendum would be used to fund the IPS Safety and Modernization Project.

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    Fort Wayne Seeks Rate Increase to Fix Water Infrastructure

    Officials from Fort Wayne City Utilities have unveiled plans to address the city's aging water infrastructure. The city is proposing a water rate increase that would see a typical customer's monthly bill rise by more than $6 over the next five years.

  • (Image of a physical education project through the Sustaining Hoosier Communities effort courtesy of Indiana University.)

    Rural-Focused Program Moves Forward in Second Year

    One year after launching its Sustaining Hoosier Communities program, the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement says it will continue partnering with Lawrence County beyond its pilot phase. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the center says Sustaining Hoosier Communities will also turn its attention to Orange County. The initiative involves connecting IU students and faculty with community partners on local public improvement projects. Executive Director Bill Brown says...

  • Ivy Tech, Manufacturer Offering Degree Pathway

    Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne has signed an agreement with Columbia City-based manufacturer 80/20 Inc. The deal gives the company's employees the chance to earn college credit through Ivy Tech's Achieve Your Degree program. 

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    RV Industry Association Forecasting Record Years

    The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association expects a record year in 2018 and even higher totals next year. The Virginia-based organization, which has an office in Elkhart and represents some 400 manufacturers and suppliers, expects close to 540,000 units to ship in the U.S. by year's end. The industry and Elkhart County where most RVs are made were hit hard by the Great Recession, but the RVIA says it has experienced nine consecutive years of growth and two straight record years.

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    Subaru Continues Sales Growth

    Subaru of America Inc., which markets and distributes models made by Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette, is reporting the best May sales in the history of the company. The automaker says the month also marked the best May ever for the Outback model, which is made in Tippecanoe County. In all, Subaru of America is reporting a 7.2 percent sales increase compared to May 2018, which it says makes 78 consecutive months of yearly month-over-month growth.

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    Public Funding Approved For IU Building Renovation

    The Columbus City Council has approved funding to support renovations to the former Republic building in the city's downtown. The Republic reports The Columbus Redevelopment Commission is now authorized to spend $1 million in tax increment financing for the project. 

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    Priority Communications Completes Acquisition

    Indianapolis-based Priority Communications has acquired another central Indiana telecommunications provider. Financial terms of the deal for Midwest Telephone were not disclosed.  Employees at Midwest Telephone will continue under the Priority banner, according to the company.

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    Fishers to Break Ground on 'The Yard'

    Officials will Thursday break ground on a $110 million culinary and entertainment hub in Fishers. When complete, The Yard at Fishers District will feature restaurants and a culinary accelerator, in addition to hotel, residential and retail space.

  • Jennifer Pope Baker is executive director of Women's Fund of Central Indiana.

    Obama Event to Support Mental Health Initiatives

    The funds raised at a February event featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama will support new mental health-focused programs for Hoosier women and girls. The Women's Fund of Central Indiana, which organized the appearance, says it is accepting proposals for a $750,000 grant that will go toward "a ground-breaking program or initiative" and more than $250,000 will cover the launch of Give and Hour Indianapolis.

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    Developer Plans Big Renovations at Indy Rental Community

    The new, Georgia-based owner of an Indianapolis apartment community says it plans to invest more than $27 million into renovations. The RADCO Companies, which acquired the nearly 150-acre complex near the Meridian Hills and Williams Creek areas for $64 million, says the work will "reset the portfolio's economic clock" on the property. The community includes 96 two and three-story buildings that were built in the late-1960s and early 1970s. Amenities include...

  • Northern Indiana Startups Score Elevate Grants

    Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures has awarded nearly $100,000 in High Potential Startup Grants to five companies in north central Indiana. The pre-seed program aims to help entrepreneurs overcome early-stage hurdles. Each company can receive up to $25,000 as part of the program. The grants are being awarded through a partnership with Startup South Bend-Elkhart. The recipients include...

  • Marcia and Jeff Fettig (photo courtesy Indiana University)

    Alumni, Whirlpool Gift $2M to Kelley School

    A pair of gifts totaling $2 million will support various initiatives at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. The Michigan-based Whirlpool Foundation has donated $1 million, which is being matched by IU alumni Jeff and Marcia Fettig.

  • Thor relocated its headquarters to Elkhart County in 2013.

    Another Record Quarter For Thor

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) is reporting record fiscal third quarter net income of $113.8 million, up from $111.3 million during the same period last year. Chief Executive Officer Bob Martin says the results "reflect another period of solid growth of both sales and earnings." 

  • New Nonstops Debut in South Bend

    South Bend International Airport will Thursday celebrate the arrivals of its latest nonstop flights. The flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport are part of an ongoing effort to attract more nonstop and direct flights at SBN. American Airlines is the carrier for both routes, which will travel to two of the carrier's largest hubs. Executive Director Mike Daigle says the flights are a result of...

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    Development Hums Along in Downtown Brownsburg

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  • (Image of inaugural Pathfiner Training class courtesy of Salesforce.)

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    Grand Park Named 'Favorite Outdoor Venue'

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  • Ivy Tech has a presence throughout the state, including the Fort Wayne region.

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    State Fair Details First Six Concert Headliners

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  • (photo courtesy Wabash National)

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  • Picture Courtesy: Harmony Way Bridge Project

    Illinois, Indiana Laws Support Bridge Project

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  • Former Town Councilor Sentenced For Bribery

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  • The expansion will create 20 new jobs.

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    Fishers To Buy Historic Home

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  • Daredevil Brewing planning satellite location in Nora

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  • DePauw University Receives $1M STEM Grant

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  • (rendering courtesy Hendricks County Bank and Trust Co.)

    Construction Underway For Hendricks County Bank HQ

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  • Another nonstop flight added at Indy International (Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.)

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  • (photo courtesy Indiana State Police)

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  • Early Learning Indiana Awards Grants

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  • IGT Indiana Donates Computer Lab

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  • The christening of the USS Indiana last year

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  • Ivy Tech Ft. Wayne Greenhouse

    Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Dedicates Greenhouse

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  • MasterBrand Cabinets Closes Alabama Facility

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  • Groundbreaking of new water treatment plant in Muncie (photo courtesy of Indiana American Water)

    Muncie Moving Forward With Water Treatment Plant Upgrade

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  • (photo courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    Valpo Steel Workers Go On Strike

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  • IUSB Donation Prompts Re-Naming

    IU South Bend's Riverside Hall has housed various health service programs since being built in 1969, and will continue to house even more after being renamed Vera Z. Dwyer Hall. The Dwyer Trust has given nearly $9 million to the school since 2014, and in 2015, donated the single largest gift ever to IUSB of $5.85 million. 

  • AWS Foundation Awards Over $1.3M in Grants

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  • Museum Receives Grant to Restore Historic Showroom

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