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    Hoosier Companies Among 'Best and Brightest'

    A pair of Indiana companies are among more than 500 selected by the National Association for Business Resources as the 2018 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation. The winners were chosen by an independent research firm from more than 2,400 nominations.

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    Jasper County Manufacturer Lands Military Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a major contract to Rensselaer-based Talbert Manufacturing Inc. The manufacturer will receive more than $360 million over the next five years for the production of semitrailers for the U.S. Army.

  • The operation will be located on a 2,500-acre site in Newton County. (image courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    Organic Dairy Facility Gets Green Light

    A controversial large-scale organic dairy project in Newton County is moving forward. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report construction has begun on the facility for Texas-based Natural Prairie Dairy, which was opposed by many due to environmental contamination concerns.

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    New Leader For Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana

    The Automobile Dealers Association has named Ray Farabaugh as its president. Farabaugh was previously vice president of the organization and was formally elected president during the annual meeting of the ADAI’s Board of Directors on January 8. 

  • Books & Brews Acquires Flat12 Bierwerks

    Indianapolis-based Books & Brews has announced its acquisition of Flat12 Bierwerks, also based in Indy. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, however Books & Brews says it will continue to operate Flat12 under the same brand name. The acquisition is a continuation of an existing partnership between the two entities. Books & Brews says Flat12 has been a brewery partner for the past two years, brewing all of B&B's flagship and seasonal beers.

  • Axia Technology Partners Announces Expansion

    Indianapolis-based Axia Technology Partners has announced plans for a national expansion. The company is targeting managed service providers throughout the U.S. for acquisition, and seeks to open offices in Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Orlando, and New York by 2020. 

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    Indiana Dunes National Park Effort Renewed

    Members of Indiana's congressional delegation are once again attempting to have Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore designated as a national park. If passed by Congress, the designation would create Indiana's first national park.

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    Indiana Liquor Group to Buy Save-On Liquor Chain

    Indiana Liquor Group LLC will work with the Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission this week for final approval of its purchase of Save-On Liquor stores. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report Phillip E. Miller agreed to sell the 31-location package store chain to ILG last month. 

  • Weisensteiner was appointed director of the IOTD in December 2018.

    New Tourism Director Has Plans For Growth

    The new director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development says she hopes to create a strategic plan to continue the growth of tourism in the state. Misty Weisensteiner began her new role earlier this month after being appointed by Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch in December. The former executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership says tourism and economic development go hand-in-hand and there needs to be a greater focus on that relationship.

  • South Bend Cubs To Hold Job Fair

    The South Bend Cubs will host a job fair on Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Pepsi Stadium Club at Four Winds Field. They are looking to fill game day positions across eight departments.

  • Lilly 'Disappointed' by Cancer Drug Study

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced what it calls disappointing results of a study of a new cancer drug. The pharmaceutical giant says the Phase 3 study of Lartruvo, which aims to treat patients with advanced or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma, did not meet its primary endpoints.

  • Teams Announced for Indiana Supportive Housing Institute

    The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and Corporation for Supportive Housing have announced the six teams that will be contributing to the 2019 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. Each team will create a plan to produce a supportive housing development for homeless veterans or individuals experiencing homelessness. 

  • Eleven Fifty Says State Support Will Bring '100x Return'

    As Eleven Fifty Academy looks to expand statewide, founder Scott Jones is looking to state legislators for support. He says Next Level Jobs legislation two years ago allowed the coding academy to access about $1.5 million to grow its programs, which he says will result in $150 million in Hoosier income over 10 years. Jones is now looking for up to $20 million, which he says could lead to $1.5 billion in Hoosier income over a decade. During an interview on Inside INdiana Business...

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    Loeb Stadium Project in Final Design Phase

    The $17 million overhaul of Loeb Stadium in Lafayette is in its final planning stages. The Journal & Courier says the overall design of the project is complete, which includes flipping the field, an additional suite and a new entrance designed to be a more visible landmark. Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski unveiled plans for the reimagining of the more than 75-year-old stadium in 2017. The city council earlier this month approved a $17 million bond to fund the project.

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    Holcomb Names New IDVA Director

    Governor Eric Holcomb has selected Dennis Wimer as director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Wimer succeeds Jim Brown, who resigned last month amid allegations of misappropriating funds from the Military Family Relief Fund.

  • A launch event will take place in the West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium.

    Hotel, Mattress Company to Launch Collaboration

    Jeffersonville-based Bowles Mattress Co. and West Baden Springs Hotel in Orange County will Monday officially launch their new mattress series. The partnership, first announced last month, will make the mattresses that had previously only been made for the resort available to the public.

  • University of Evansville Announces Recreation Center

    The University of Evansville announced plans today for a new on-campus wellness and recreation center. The new facility will include spaces for academic learning and community services in addition to traditional fitness center services.   The center will be housed at Hughes Hal. Based on pre-planning estimates, the size of the building will be two stories and over 70,000 square feet.   “The chosen location fits nicely into the overall campus facilities puzz...

  • IBRI, IN3 Form 'Strategic Alliance'

    The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis is teaming up with the Indiana Innovation Institute. The IBRI says the organizations have formed a strategic alliance that will allow collaboration on projects "relevant to their respective missions." 

  • Terre Haute Convention Center Rendering

    Terre Haute Updates $25M Convention Center

    Developers joined Terre Haute and Vigo County leaders for the first public unveiling of specific plans for a convention center. The $25 million project will be a two-story building with a ballroom, conference room and planned Larry Bird Museum. The development will also feature a hotel and two new parking garages. Nations Group Vice President Steve Bauer tells Inside INdiana Business they hope to break ground in the late spring or early summer, with a targeted...

  • Natalie's Candy Jar is one of the existing local vendors that will expand its offerings at the airport. (rendering courtesy of Indianapolis International Airport)

    Airport Board Approves New Concessions Vendors

    The Indianapolis Airport Authority Board has approved new contracts for several retail and services vendors at Indianapolis International Airport. The contracts are the first of several approvals that are expected as part of the airport's Concessions Refresh initiative, which aims to increase the local focus among vendors. Marsha Stone, senior director of commercial enterprise at the airport, says the effort will be one of the most impactful public-facing projects that...

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    IU Professor Awarded $2.8M Grant to Study Bone Strength

    William Thompson, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Indiana University, has been awarded a $2.85 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The grant will fund Thompson’s study at IUPUI to explore how bone cells sense and respond to mechanical force, one of the cues the skeleton relies on to regulate its strength.

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    Indiana Air National Guard Names Command Chief

    Indiana Air National Guard named Chief Master Sgt. Michael May as its new state command chief. The state command chief is the senior enlisted member and is responsible for all affairs concerning the enlisted airmen across the state. 

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    Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis to Close in March

    Florida-based Hard Rock International has announced that its Indianapolis location will close. The lease for the Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis space on South Meridian Street is set to expire in March and the company will not renew it.

  • Unemployment Stays Flat in December

    Indiana's unemployment rate remained unchanged in December at 3.6 percent. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says, however, private sector employment hit a new preliminary record high for the third consecutive month.

  • The layoffs are expected to begin at the end of the month. (photo courtesy of Silberline Manufacturing Co.)

    Silberline Closing Decatur Facility

    Pennsylvania-based Silberline Manufacturing Co. is detailing plans to close its facility in Adams County. In a notice to the state, the company says the closure will result in the layoffs of 50 employees.

  • McDonald will remain ClearObject's CEO.

    McDonald: ClearObject Can Now Be 'Bolder' and 'Grander'

    The founder and chief executive officer of Fishers-based ClearObject says the majority interest investment from Egis Capital Partners and ABS Capital Partners puts the Internet of Things company "more in control of our own destiny." John McDonald, who will remain the company's CEO, says working with one equity partnership rather than several investors means ideas can become reality more quickly. It also doesn't hurt, McDonald says, for that partnership to have...

  • The Pokagon Band Gives $1.5 Million to Area Agencies

    Michigan-based Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians announced today that it will give $1.5 million to the city of South Bend. The funds will go to local non-profit organizations and are intended to assist with their programming. 

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    Berry Joins New Global Alliance to Help End Plastic Waste

    Evansville-based Berry Global Group, Inc (NYSE: BERY) says it is a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. The new organization is currently comprised of 27 companies and is making an initial five-year, $1.5 billion commitment to invest in solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment.

  • 500 Festival Rebrands Snakepit Ball

    The 500 Festival has announced that the Snakepit Ball will now be called 500 Festival Off the Grid, presented by KeyBank. Off the Grid is held the night before the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. 

  • AIM: Investment Hubs Can Boost Quality of Place

    An organization that advocates for municipal government in Indiana is looking to boost quality of place funding throughout the state. Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, or AIM, is pushing for legislation to create Investment Hubs that will enable regional development officials to raise revenue on an ongoing basis to fund transformative capital projects. AIM Chief Executive Officer Matt Greller says the state has done a great job in creating a strong business climate, but now needs to...

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    Music Theater Coming to Electric Works

    The $440 million Electric Works project is adding to a diverse list of tenants. Developers RTM Ventures says Fort Wayne-based Three Rivers Music Theatre has signed a letter of intent to locate its expanding operations to the mixed-use innovation district.

  • Surf Air Wireless Announces $40 Million Investment

    La Porte- based Surf Air Wireless has announced a $40 million investment with Post Road Group. The company has also acquired FreedomNet Wireless. 

  • Routes Americas 2020 is set for February 3-5 in downtown Indianapolis.

    IND Leader: 'Yes,' Air Conference Will Bring More Flights

    An organizer of a major air conference coming to Indianapolis next year says the city was chosen in a competitive bidding process because of its "great airport, great connectivity and great potential for new routes." Gareth Vaguley says, after nearly every Routes Americas conference, the host city's airport expands route options or attracts new destinations, normally within a year. Indy will host the event, which will bring about 800 representatives from...

  • Purdue Awarded Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic

    The U.S. Office of Minority Health has awarded the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University a $1.1 million grant. The funds are part of the Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative, which will provide three years of support to communities impacted by the opioid epidemic. 

  • Chaucie’s Place Announces Name Change

    Chaucie’s Place has announced a name change to the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide. The Carmel nonprofit specializing in the prevention of youth abuse and suicide will also debut a a new logo and updated website.  

  • Lynn Reecer founded Reecer Properties in 2010.

    Reecer Properties Acquired

    Encore Sotheby's International Realty in Carmel has announced its acquisition of Fort Wayne-based Reecer Properties Inc. Financial terms are not being disclosed. The firm says the deal will expand its presence in northeast Indiana.

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    Gymboree Stores to Close Amid Bankruptcy

    San Francisco-based Gymboree Group Inc. and its U.S. subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As a result, the company says it plans to close all of its Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores throughout the country, including nine in Indiana.

  • Former Lilly CFO Seeks Spot on Disney Board

    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) Board of Directors has named  Derica W. Rice as a  nominee to stand for election as a director at Disney’s annual meeting on March 7. Rice was previously executive vice president of global services and chief financial officer for Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY).

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    Bloomington Launching 'Year of Food' Campaign

    A year-long campaign from the city of Bloomington will aim to promote food equity in the city and economic opportunities for local farmers. The city is launching the "Year of Food" campaign, which is part of an effort to reach several goals outlined in its Sustainability Action Plan. Autumn Salamack, assistant director of sustainability in Bloomington, says the city wants to make sure its strong local food movement and farming community have ongoing opportunities to...

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    Vectren Merger Clears Key Hurdle

    The $6 billion merger between Texas-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP) and Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) in Evansville is one step closer to completion. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has issued its final order on the deal, which CenterPoint says satisfies one of the two remaining conditions for closing the transaction. The merger agreement was first announced in April. CenterPoint says it now awaits the final order from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and...

  • Local Officials Interested in Elder-Beerman Property Auction

    Officials in Richmond are looking at the possibility of purchasing the former Elder-Beerman property in the city's downtown. Wayne County Commissioner Ken Paust tells the Palladium-Item local leaders are hoping to avoid a situation similar to the former Reid Hospital site, which fell into severe disrepair for years before recently being torn down.

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    Indiana National Guard Names New Commander

    Colonel Patrick C. Thibodeau has been named commander of the 81st Troop Command. In this role, he will oversee more than 2,200 soldiers. 

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    Greentown Glass Museum to Renovate

    The Greentown Glass Museum has received a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Howard County, which it will use for new carpet and paint. The Kokomo Tribune reports the renovation will be the museum’s first in 50 years. 

  • Innovation Network Announce $10M Fund Opportunity

    The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network is beginning the first of five rounds of funding through its Regional Cultivation Fund. The fund will award up to $100,000 per planning grant, and up to $1 million per impact grant award (with 30 percent match required) to projects that improve the region.

  • Sweetwater broke ground on a $76 million expansion in October. (photo courtesy of Governor Eric Holcomb's office)

    Sweetwater Touts Record Year

    Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater is celebrating another record year in 2018. The online music retailer says total sales reached $725 million, a 17 percent increase over the previous record-breaking year. Sweetwater says its also added nearly 400 employees during the same time period.

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    'Unique' Coworking Space Opens in Greenfield

    A new coworking space in Hancock County aims to fill an underserved need in east central Indiana. Idea Co-op features a traditional indoor coworking area, along with 36 acres of outdoor space that can be used by members. The coworking space is operated by Greenfield-based NineStar Connect and director of business and economic development Jill Snyder says the outdoor aspect makes it a unique concept for the region.

  • BASi Names New CEO

    West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI) has selected Robert Leasure as president and chief executive officer. Leasure, who most recently served as managing partner and president of management consulting firm LS Associates LLC in Kentucky, will also become a member of the company's board of directors.

  • Gahan to Cut Ribbon at Purple Pearl Skin and Beauty

    New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan will cut the ribbon during the grand opening ceremony of Purple Pearl Skin and Beauty on January 17. The medical spa and cosmetic aesthetic center will host the event, starting at 11:30 a.m. and continuing all day.

  • Indy Healthcare Provider Acquired

    Colorado-based Paladina Health has announced its acquisition of another healthcare provider in Indianapolis. Financial terms of the deal for Activate Healthcare have not been disclosed. Activate Healthcare provides customized services to employers and unions for preventative and primary medical care.

  • Jones will continue to serve as Old National's chairman of the board through January 2020.

    Jones to Retire as Old National CEO

    Evansville-based Old National Bancorp (Nasdaq: ONB) has announced Chief Executive Officer Bob Jones will retire in May, after 14 years with the bank. Chief Financial Officer Jim Ryan, who has been with Old National since 2000, will succeed Jones. Jones will continue to serve as Old National's chairman of the board through January 2020. "Throughout my 14 years at Old National, I have drawn energy and excitement from seeing the entire organization, and the tremendous people...

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    DoubleMap, Ride Systems Merge

    Utah-based Ride Systems, LLC and Indianapolis-based DoubleMap, Inc have announced a merger. The two companies say they will continue operating semi-independently under the-newly formed Journey Holding Corp. 

  • Holcomb delivered the address Tuesday at the Statehouse.

    Holcomb Unveils Teacher Pay Plan in State of The State

    Governor Eric Holcomb used his third State of the State address to unveil a plan to increase teacher pay. He called on legislators to use money from the state's reserves to pay off pension liabilities in a move he says will save all local schools $140 million over the next two years, and more in the following years. He says school districts should "allocate 100 percent of the $140 million to increasing teacher paychecks." In his speech, Holcomb also announced the...

  • INDYCAR announces Partnership with NTT

    INDYCAR announced today during the North American International Auto Show that global information technology and communications company NTT has signed a multiyear agreement to become the IndyCar Series title partner. NTT has also become the official technology partner of INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400. INDYCAR will work with NTT to expand the evolution of INDYCAR's mobile app and utilize of NTT's Smart...

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    Bill Could Help Finance Eleven Park

    State Senator Jack Sandlin (R-Indianapolis) has introduced a bill to create a sports development area to help finance a planned multipurpose soccer stadium. The proposal would allow the area to capture up to $11 million per year to pay off bonds for the recently-announced $150 million stadium plan. The specific location of the sports development area will depend on where developers ultimately decide to build the planned $550 million Eleven Park. In addition to serving as the home of...

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    IU Health Arnett Hospital Receives Grants

    IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette has been awarded five grants totaling $47,000 from The Indiana University Health Foundation. The funds will be allocated to projects that focus on improving the health of infants and their mothers, patients undergoing chemotherapy and victims of sexual assault. Funding for the grants is a result of donations from individuals and organizations focused on improving the state of public health in Indiana. The money was donated from Arnett Hospital...

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    Holcomb Names State Board of Ed Interim Director

    Governor Eric J. Holcomb has named Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski as interim executive director of the Indiana State Board of Education. Kwiatkowski will replace Matt Voors while continuing to serve as the governor’s senior education adviser. 

  • Healthcare Facility to Open in Glendale

    Mayor Joe Hogsett will cut the ribbon during the grand opening of Oak Street Health’s Glendale location January 16.  With the opening of the center, 40 new jobs will be available. 

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    Holcomb Set For 'Next Level' State of The State

    Governor Eric Holcomb will tonight shine a spotlight on his Next Level Agenda in his annual State of the State Address at the Statehouse. Holcomb is expected to detail plans in areas including infrastructure, education and the drug epidemic. During an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, WIBC Statehouse Bureau Chief Eric Berman said the address could include some surprises as well. The address is set for 7:00 this evening. Holcomb unveiled his...

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    IU Kelley Tops U.S News and World Report Rankings

    Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is ranked first among online MBA programs and online master's programs in the most recent U.S. News and World Report Best Online Education Program rankings. Ball State University's Miller College of Business also reached the top 20 in the online MBA rankings.

  • Former Congressman Joins Consulting Firm in D.C.

    Luke Messer, a former U.S. Congressman from Indiana’s Sixth District, has joined Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting as a principal in Washington, D.C. Messer will lead the firm’s bipartisan federal advocacy team with FaegreBD principal Ted Bristol. 

  • Breanca Merritt is the director of CRISP. (photo courtesy of IUPUI)

    IU Center to Focus on Social Policy

    A new research center on the IUPUI campus will focus on issues that address equitable outcomes related to social policy. The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the IU Public Policy Institute have launched the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy, or CRISP. 

  • Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles will be on hand for the announcement. (photo courtesy INDYCAR/LAT USA)

    INDYCAR Set For 'Major' Announcement

    Indianapolis-based INDYCAR will Tuesday make what it says will be a major announcement at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Mark Miles, chief executive officer of INDYCAR parent Hulman & Co., will join INDYCAR President Jay Frye and various drivers and team representatives for the announcement that is widely expected to involve a new series sponsor.

  • Terre Haute Convention Center Rendering

    Developers to Update Terre Haute Convention Center

    Members of the Vigo County Capital Improvement Board will today update progress on a planned convention center in Terre Haute. Nations Group, which is developing the project, will also provide the most recent renderings for the project. Late last year, the CIB identified a site near 8th Street and Wabash Avenue for the project, with additional land being donated. Plans also call for a hotel on the site. An initial site with Indiana State University was previously considered but fell...

  • Kenzie Graduates First-Ever Cohort

    Kenzie Academy has graduated it’s first-ever cohort of students. Eleven graduates received a joint certificate from the Indianapolis-based coding school and Butler University’s Executive Education program. "They are on their pathway to do good work," said Kenzie Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Chok Ooi. "Half the class has already received full-time job offers, and they are getting jobs ranging from $50,000 a year to $70,000 ...

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    'Adventure Park' Coming to Electric Works

    The massive $440 million Electric Works mixed-use innovation district in downtown Fort Wayne is adding a recreational component to its list of tenants. The developer of the project says Sport Wayne Inc. has signed a letter of intent to design and open a climbing gym and adventure park at the former General Electric campus.

  • Sculptors Wanted For New Kokomo Sculpture Walk

    The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance is looking for experienced Kokomo sculptors to have their work featured in the inaugural exhibit of the Kokomo Sculpture Walk. The deadline to submit for this public art call is February 28. 

  • Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.

    Hill Announces Settlements With Fiat Chrysler and Bosch

    Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today that Indiana has reached settlements with Fiat Chrysler and supplier Robert Bosch. The settlements call for combined civil-penalty payments of $2.5 million to Indiana and more than $171 million to 52 jurisdictions across the country.  

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    Indy Eleven Taps Broadcasting Head as CEO

    Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has selected Greg Stremlaw as chief executive officer. Stremlaw, who most recently lead CBC Sports in Canada, will begin his new role in the coming weeks. Stremlaw succeeds Jeff Belskus, who announced in October he was stepping down from the team. In his new role, Stremlaw will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. In a news release Monday, Stremlaw said the proposed $550 million Eleven Park development, plans for which...

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    Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Names Director

     The Carmel Clay Board of Parks and Recreation has named Michael W. Klitzing as director of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. Klitzing has acted as the chief operating officer for CCPR since 2004 and will transition into the role of director effective immediately. 

  • 'Skillful' Program Names Executive Director

    The recently-launched Skillful Indiana program has named its first leader. William Turner, who previously led education and development efforts for Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdins Inc. (NYSE: ALSN), will serve as executive director.

  • Urology of Indiana Breaks Ground on Fishers Center

    Urology of Indiana has broken ground on its $8 million Center of Excellence at the new Med Tech Park complex in Fishers. The company says the facility comes in response to the increased demand for urologic services in central Indiana. 

  • Murtlow and Mills were guests on this weekend's edition of Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick.

    Supporters Say 'It's Time' For Hate Crimes Law

    Organizers of a broad-based coalition say the time is right for Indiana to adopt a comprehensive hate crimes law. Indiana Forward, a group of more than 700 business, community, nonprofit and academic institutions, launched last week to advocate for passage of a hate crimes bill, calling it a social and economic issue. "We've got to have a community and a state that is welcoming to all people to recruit and retain top talent," said Cummins Director of External...

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    Warrick County Approves Broadband Project

    Warrick County Council has approved the Warrick County Advanced Broadband Project. Our partners at WEHT-TV report the new plan will provide broadband service for rural parts of the county.

  • Purdue Touts Milestone For Startups

    Purdue University is celebrating a milestone in startup creation reached last year. The university says it has reached 223 startups with more than $350 million in funding and investments generated, as well as more than 300 new jobs. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Purdue Research Foundation Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Placemaking Greg Deason said the rise in startup activity followed a challenge by President Mitch Daniels shortly after he took office.

  • The Mind Trust Lands $24M in Grants

    Indianapolis-based The Mind Trust has received three grants totaling more than $24 million. The education nonprofit says the funding will support the growth and success of high-quality schools and education talent pipelines over the next two to three years. 

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    'Fat Daddy's' Site Set For Demolition

    After years of attempts at redevelopment, the trio of buildings that housed the former Fat Daddy's Outlet Store in downtown South Bend will be demolished. Work will begin Monday on asbestos abatement, building demolition and site restoration, which is expected to be complete in May.

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    Ivy Tech Chancellor to Retire

    Ivy Tech Community College South Bend/Elkhart campus Chancellor Thomas Coley has announced his retirement. He will step down effective May 31. 

  • Olio Launches National Tech Platform

    Carmel-based tech startup Olio has officially launched its software platform nationwide. The company's software aims to digitally connect hospital and physician teams with post-acute providers in an effort to close the communications gap and provide more coordinated care for patients.

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    Conner Prairie Named 'Site of Conscience'

    Conner Prairie Interactive History Park has been named a Site of Conscience by the New York-based International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Conner Prairie is now one of more than 250 members across 65 countries to be honored for its high standards and initiatives to connect history to current events. 

  • Governor Eric Holcomb was on hand for Friday's announcement. (photo courtesy of the IEDC)

    Saturn Petcare Makes Vigo County Move Official

    Germany-based Saturn Petcare Inc. has officially announced plans to establish its first U.S. operations in Vigo County. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the pet food manufacturer will invest more than $38 million to purchase, renovate and equip a more than 350,000-square-foot facility in the Vigo County Industrial Park II and create up to 200 jobs by 2024. The facility will initially house production of wet pet food for cats and dogs. Production is slated to begin...

  • Governor Holcomb announced the toll increase as part of the Next Level Connections program last fall.

    Truckers Association Files Suit Over Tolls

    A national trade association representing small business trucking professionals is suing the state of Indiana. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says the lawsuit is in response to the 35 percent increase in tolls for heavy vehicles, implemented as part of Governor Eric Holcomb's Next Level Connections plan last fall.

  • CIB Leader Announces Retirement

    The executive director of the Capital Improvement Board in Indianapolis has announced plans to retire. Barney Levengood, who has led the CIB for nearly 30 years, says he will step down at the end of April. 

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    Catherine Esselman Joins Develop Indy Team

    Develop Indy has announced Catherine Esselman as its new senior project manager. Esselman previously served as the real estate director for Downtown Indy Inc and was a vice president of Indianapolis-based Penn Real Estate. 

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    Umbaugh Announces Partnership

    Indianapolis-based municipal advisory and CPA firm H.J. Umbaugh and Associates LLP has joined in a three-way merger with Chicago-based advisory, tax and assurance firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP and Minnesota-headquartered Springsted Inc. The combination is expected to be effective in first quarter of this year.

  • (L to R) Pat Ward and Mark Smith (photos courtesy of Cummins)

    Cummins CFO to Retire, Successor Named

    Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has announced that Chief Financial Officer Pat Ward is retiring after 31 years. Mark Smith will succeed him effective March 31, 2019. 

  • The building is located near downtown Indy. (photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)

    Historic Indy Building Restored

    An Indianapolis building once part of Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered list has received new life. The nearly 120-year-old South Side Turnverein was originally built as a German social club and gymnasium and has been repurposed as the headquarters for Indy-based Point Comfort Underwriters.

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    Coworking Space to Open in New Albany

    Officials in southern Indiana will Friday cut the ribbon on a new coworking space in New Albany. The Root encompasses 8,000 square feet of an old grocery store in the city’s downtown and currently has 23 members, including venture capitalists, freelancers and professional service providers.

  • Saturn Petcare announced last year plans to set up shop at the former Pfizer building. (photo courtesy of WTHI-TV)

    Jobs Announcement Set For Vigo County

    Governor Eric Holcomb will Friday join local officials to celebrate plans by Germany-based Saturn Petcare to establish its first U.S. facility in Vigo County. The event in Terre Haute will also include details about new jobs expected to be created by the pet food manufacturer.

  • ONI Risk Partners Acquire MBAH Insurance

    Indianapolis-based ONI Risk Partners has announced that it will acquire MBAH Insurance, a Lafayette-based insurance agency that has been in operation for more than 90 years. The MBAH Lafayette location will serve as ONI’s fifth Indiana regional office in addition to its offices in Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Terre Haute, and Evansville. 

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    Massive Project to Include Soccer Stadium in Indy

    An Indianapolis-based real estate development, construction and investment firm has unveiled plans for a massive mixed-use development project that would include a 20,000-seat soccer stadium. Keystone Group says the multi-million-dollar Eleven Park would serve as the home for the Indy Eleven soccer team and feature 150,000 square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail space, 600 apartment units and a 200-room boutique hotel. Ersal Ozdemir, chief executive officer of...

  • Jim Merritt to Run For Indy Mayor

    State Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announced his plans to run for mayor of Indianapolis. During a press conference Thursday, Merritt also announced former Mayor Greg Ballard will serve as chairman of his campaign committee.

  • State Revenue Beats New Projections

    Indiana revenue for December exceeded the revised revenue projections. The Indiana State Budget Agency says General Fund revenues totaled $1.5 billion last month, about 1 percent higher than the most recent revenue forecast, and 11 percent higher than December 2017.

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    IMS to Honor Andretti Anniversary

    The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti's Indianapolis 500 victory with a commemorative logo and other activities throughout the month of May.

  • Rochon began as president in July.

    New USI President Looks to Tell School, Region Story

    Six months into the job, the new president of the University of Southern Indiana says one of his top priorities is "making sure people know who we are." Ronald Rochon says one way to do that is to tell the story of what a "vital component" the school is for economic development in southwest Indiana and beyond. For example, he cites the school's research and development partnership with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division and the pilot MAGIC project...

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    Holcomb Unveils Budget Proposal

    Governor Eric Holcomb has presented his $34 billion biennial budget to the State Budget Committee. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the budget calls for a 2 percent increase in school funding each year, as well as an additional $286 million for the Indiana Department of Child Services.

  • Cook Medical Partnering on Snoring Device

    Bloomington-based Cook Medical has announced a sales and marketing agreement with Zelegent Inc. in California. Cook says the partnership aims to enhance treatment options for patients suffering from snoring.

  • The recipients were honored at a ceremony at the Statehouse. (photo courtesy of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch)

    OCRA Honors Rural Communities

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs are celebrating more than 70 rural communities. OCRA says the communities are receiving recognition for how they "collaboratively shaped and executed their vision for their communities in 2018."

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    Board of Education Elects Leadership, Approves Programs

    The Indiana State Board of Education announced new leadership today, electing BJ Watts as chair, Katie Mote as vice chair, and Gordon Hendry as secretary. The Board also voted unanimously to approve teacher preparation programs at Ball State University and Trine University. 

  • 'Prairie Mobile' Already Reaching Students

    Conner Prairie says an outreach program launched last fall has already reached more than 500 students throughout the state. The interactive history park says Prairie Mobile, which is the result of a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, helps bring STEM education directly to elementary classrooms.

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    Joint Venture Investing in Former BorgWarner Site

    A joint venture between Indianapolis-based Heritage Environmental and Zinc Nacional in Mexico has announced plans to set up shop in Muncie. Waelz Sustainable Products LLP plans to invest $75 million to build a 30-acre kiln facility at the former BorgWarner campus in the Delaware County city. The project is expected to create up to 90 jobs over the next several years, with the potential for hundreds more. Nigel Morrison, president of Heritage subsidiary PIZO Technologies, says...

  • The Purdue University graduate lives in Fishers with her husband and two children.

    Fishers Names Economic Development Director

    The city of Fishers has named Megan Baumgartner economic development director. She previously held the assistant director position and succeeds Brandon Dickinson, who left in October. The city says Baumgartner has helped lead efforts to attract 25 new companies to Fishers resulting in $500 million in capital investment and 4,900 new jobs since 2015. She has served as the primary point of contact between Fishers businesses and the city.

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    Salem Community Schools Announces Teleclinic

    Salem Community Schools has announced a new telehealth clinic. Funded through a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant made available to the Indiana Rural Health Association, the teleclinic will allow rural students to be evaluated by medical professionals virtually. 

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    Saint Mary's College Names Provost

    Saint Mary's College has selected Titilayo Ufomata as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Ufomata, who previously served as provost and dean of faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will begin her new role in June. 

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    Another Tenant Heading to Electric Works

    The developers of the $440 million Electric Works mixed-use innovation district in downtown Fort Wayne have announced a new tenant for the property. Fort Wayne Metals has signed a letter of intent to lease space at the former General Electric property with initial plans for dedicated space for materials research and development. The Fort Wayne Metals space will be located on the project's west campus. The announcement comes more than a year after the company...

  • Buzz Aldrin will speak at the conference.

    Educators to Converge on STEM Conference

    Purdue University will Thursday host more than 500 teachers and education professionals from throughout the state for the Indiana STEM Education Conference. The event will feature workshops and presentations, including an address from retired NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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    Gleaners, Anthem Team Up to Fight Senior Hunger

    Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are partnering to combat senior hunger in the 21 counties Gleaners serves. Anthem will provide $200,000 for the food bank to host 120 Senior Mobile Pantries in 2019. Senior Mobile Pantries are part of Gleaners’ Senior Hunger Initiative program. The program is designed to provide a variety of nutritious foods that meet dietary and personal needs of clients. These programs also work to meet the needs of seniors t...

  • Hogsett unveiled Indy Achieves in May.

    Mayor Joe Hogsett Announces Mentor Program

    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indy Achieves are announcing a new program focused on recruiting mentors to work with Marion County students to support high school graduation and the transition into college. The Indy Achieves Mentor Program will also connect mentors with adults who have graduated from high school and are working to earn a postsecondary degree or certification.

  • Officials broke ground on the project in August. (photo courtesy of Digital Crossroads)

    Hammond Data Center Project Secures Funding

    The developers of the $40 million Digital Crossroads Lake Michigan Data Center campus in Hammond have secured final funding for the project at the former State Line Generating Plant. Digital Crossroads says it is partnering with New York-based Star America Infrastructure Partners, which is providing equity for the first 105,000-square-foot phase of the project.

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    Indy School Creates Marketing Firm

    A private school on the south side of Indianapolis has launched a marketing agency designed to give students real-world experience. Central Christian Academy says students involved with Chargers Marketing will provide services such as website creation, email marketing and lead generation to local nonprofit organizations. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Head of School David Sexauer said students will be doing the majority of the work under the direction of...

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    Former Greenwood School Set For Demolition

    Demolition is set for the former Greenwood Middle School as part of the city's downtown revitalization effort. The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission has awarded a $1.7 million contract for the demolition, which is expected to take about six months to complete.

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    Fort Wayne Airport Completes Terminal Road

    After nine months of construction, Fort Wayne International Airport has completed on its new terminal entrance road. The airport says the project has created a new entrance leading up to the main terminal building and new entrances for all parking lots. Construction began in April and was completed in six phases.

  • Hancock County Looking at Economic Development

    A group of leaders from Hancock County has tapped a Washington D.C.-based firm to assess potential economic development opportunities along the Mt. Comfort Corridor. The Urban Land Institute will form an advisory panel that will present its initial findings to county leaders later this month.

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    State Parks Sweep 'Insta-Indiana' Contest

    The Indiana Office of Tourism says Indiana's state parks were voted most "Instagrammable" during its Insta-Indiana online voting contest. Voters decided the top spot for the online photo app is Brown County State Park.

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    Conner Prairie To Debut Early Childhood Program

    Conner Prairie in Fishers says its new early childhood program, Preschool on the Prairie, will combine outdoor exploration with a hands-on curriculum. Registration for Preschool on the Prairie will begin on January 22. Building on the museum’s mission to inspire curiosity and foster learning, Preschool on the Prairie hopes to give children high quality early learning experiences that connect them with nature, develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and expand...

  • State Receives Nearly $7M For Early Childhood Education

    The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says its Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning has received nearly $7 million in federal grant funding to improve the state's early childhood education system. The award is a one-year grant with opportunities to apply for additional funding in the future.

  • The former BorgWarner property closed in 2009. (Image courtesy of Ball State University)

    'Major' Announcement Set For Muncie

    State and local officials will Wednesday make what is being called a "major" economic development announcement in Muncie. The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance says the project will involve "significant capital investment" and new jobs at the former BorgWarner site.

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    Work to Begin on Downtown Frankfort Park

    Frankfort will break ground Wednesday on what it says will be a transformational park in the heart of downtown. The city has raised more than $650,000 for Prairie Creek Park, which will include vending spaces, outdoor stages and adaptive playground equipment. Mayor Chris McBarnes will join representatives from the Frankfort city Council, Frankfort Redevelopment Commission and Frankfort Main Street for today's groundbreaking at noon. The project has attracted some significant...

  • IU Fund Invests in Health Tech Company

    The Indiana University Philanthropic Venture Fund has announced a $500,000 investment in Indianapolis-based Diagnotes Inc. The company, co-founded by an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, focuses on helping healthcare professionals communicate with each other, patients, and caregivers through a single platform. Todd Saxton co-founded Diagnotes along with Chief Executive Officer Dave Wortman and Bharath Bynagari. Wortman says...

  • Hogsett to Launch Mentorship Program

    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will Wednesday launch a mentorship program aimed at students and adults throughout Marion County. The program is being established in as part of Indy Achieves, which Hogsett unveiled in May, and seeks to help participants on their path to postsecondary education.

  • Anthony and Christie de Nicola (photo courtesy of Notre Dame)

    Couple Donates $10M to Notre Dame Center for Ethics Center

    Anthony and Christie de Nicola of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, are gifting $10 million to Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. Parents of two recent Notre Dame graduates, the de Nicolas have a history of involvement with the university.

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    Indy Golf Course Tops Ranking

    A golf course in Indianapolis is receiving major recognition. The Fort Golf Resort, located at Fort Harrison State Park, is ranked at the top of Golf Advisor's list of the best golf course layouts in the U.S. 

  • The group officially kicked off its campaign today with a rally at the Statehouse.

    'Indiana Forward' Launches Hate Crimes Bill Push

    A broad coalition of community and business leaders has launched a campaign pushing for hate crimes legislation, and one of its leaders says there has "never been more support" for the idea. United Way of Central Indiana Chief Executive Officer Ann Murtlow is a lead organizer of the Indiana Forward campaign, which includes nearly 700 supporters from the business, nonprofit, education and faith communities. She says joining 46 states with a hate crimes law is a crucial human...

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    Head Files School Bus Safety Legislation

    State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) is announcing a bill that would implement policies to increase school bus safety in Indiana. The legislation that Head filed would create more severe consequences for drivers who recklessly pass school buses.  

  • Lilly Endowment Inc. is based in Indianapolis.

    Lilly Endowment Awards $48M in Grants

    Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. is awarding $48 million in grants to 10 human services agencies in the city. The organization says the funding will help the recipients strengthen their long-term financial sustainability plans.

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    SynEnergy Acquires Propane Distribution Business

    Mount Vernon-based SynEnergy Partners LLC has added another propane gas distribution business to its portfolio. The cooperative, co-owned by Huntingburg-based Superior Ag and Posey County Co-op, has acquired the business from Vaal's in Saint Meinrad.

  • Robin Shackleford is the chair of the IBLC.

    Black Legislative Caucus Details Agenda

    The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus has detailed its agenda for the 2019 Indiana General Assembly. The group's legislative priorities include the adoption of hate crimes legislation, as well as an increase in teacher pay.

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    120WaterAudit Names Director of Lead Programs

    Zionsville-based 120WaterAudit has named Erica Walker as their director of lead programs. Walker will manage support and guidance for state agencies, schools and utilities engaged in lead sampling and remediation efforts. Walker will also lead 120WaterAudit’s webinar on January 8 to discuss the implementation of Indiana’s statewide school lead-sampling program.  “Erica is exactly what we were looking for in our director of lead programs position...

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    Macy's to Close Indy Location

    Cincinnati-based Macy's Inc. (NYSE: M) has announced plans to close its store at the Glendale Town Center on the north side of Indianapolis. A spokesperson tells Inside INdiana Business the decision follows a review of the company's real estate portfolio "to see if there are opportunities to improve the use of our assets." A clearance sale is expected to begin later this month and last for 8-12 weeks. The company says employees who are...

  • Co-founder Don Aquilano says the fund targets "passionate, Midwest entrepreneurs."

    Allos Ventures Makes First Close For New Fund

    Indianapolis-based venture capital firm Allos Ventures has announced the first closing for its latest fund, Allos III. The firm says the fund will continue its focus on early-stage B2B software and tech service companies in the Midwest. Allos says the fund will mostly target leading Series A and B rounds of funding, but will also take part in smaller startup rounds with seed-stage investors. Co-founder and managing partner Don Aquilano says the fund allows Allos to continue investin...
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    First Financial to Acquire Kentucky Bank

    Terre Haute-based First Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: THFF) has announced plans to merge with HopFed Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: HFBC) in Kentucky. First Financial says the deal, valued at more than $128 million, is expected to close in the second quarter. Once the deal is complete, HFBC subsidiary Heritage Bank USA Inc. will merge into First Financial Bank. HFBC operates 18 bank branches and three loan production offices in Kentucky and Tennessee. First Financial says it expects to have...

  • Denny Oklak will serve as board chairperson for Conexus Indiana.

    Conexus Expands Board, Names New Chair

    Conexus Indiana has added four members to its board of directors, bringing its total of statewide members to 15. The state's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative has also selected Denny Oklak as its new board chairperson. 

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    $1.5M Gift Brings Nonprofit Campaign to Next Phase

    Fort Wayne-based The Rescue Mission says it will move into the next phase of its more than $23 million capital campaign. The organization says a $1.5 million gift from The Lutheran Foundation in Fort Wayne will allow the campaign to move into the public phase this spring, which will include the groundbreaking for a new building in the city's downtown.

  • Submissions Open For Stellar Communities

    The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has begun the process for the 2019 Stellar Communities Program. Communities looking to earn the designation are now able to submit letters of intent for the program, which provides funding to designees for their revitalization plans.

  • Teacher Pay Among House GOP Priorities

    Indiana House Republicans have unveiled their legislative agenda for the 2019 Indiana General Assembly. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the caucus will focus on passing a balanced state budget, strengthening school safety and increasing teacher pay. The House GOP also plans to focus on increasing protections for Hoosier youth, strengthening the caucus' commitment to students and teachers, better aligning workforce initiatives and supporting Indiana veterans.

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    Indianapolis to Host Indiana Arts Homecoming

    The Indiana Arts Commission is announcing that Indianapolis has been chosen to host the third annual Indiana Arts Homecoming. This year’s event will take place  October 24-25 at the Indiana Historical Society. 

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    Catalent to Create 200 Jobs in Bloomington

    New Jersey-based Catalent Inc. (NYSE: CTLT) is announcing a major expansion of its biologics manufacturing operations in Bloomington and plans to create up to 200 new jobs by the end of 2024. The  drug development, delivery and supply company will expand its substance manufacturing capacity and product fill/finish capacity to keep up with projected growth among existing and future customers. Catalent plans to invest over $100 million in its Bloomington operations...

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    Accuride Names Interim President and CEO

    Evansville-based Accuride Corporation is announcing Jason Luo as its interim president and chief executive officer. The announcement follows the resignation of former CEO Rick Dauch, who has since joined Delphi Technologies.   

  • Skip Kuker took the lead at the Hancock County Economic Development Council in 2012.

    Former Hancock EDC Director Dies

    The former executive director of the Hancock County Economic Development Council has died. The Daily Reporter in Greenfield reports Skip Kuker passed away at Hancock Regional Hospital after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 55.

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    Gary Amazon Facility Has Hired Hundreds

    Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) says it has hired 500 employees at the Gary delivery station it opened last month. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the hires have ranged from seasonal delivery associates to full-time assistant managers and station operations managers. The publication says the facility is one of the 24/7 "last-mile" carrier sites that the e-commerce giant has been locating throughout the United States to strengthen its...

  • Boonville Set For Solar Project

    The city of Boonville is moving forward on a four-acre solar farm to power its new sewage treatment plant. Mayor Charlie Wyatt tells the Courier & Press the project is expected to save the city $6 million over the next 30 years.

  • Lilly's acquisition is the latest in an effort to strengthen its cancer treatment portfolio.

    Lilly Announces $8B Acquisition

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced an $8 billion deal to acquire Loxo Oncology in Connecticut. Lilly says the deal adds precision medicines to its oncology portfolio through Loxo's pipeline of medicines for patients with certain types of cancers. The Indy drugmaker says the acquisition would be the largest in its ongoing effort to strengthen its cancer treatment portfolio. Loxo's pipeline is focused on cancers that involve single gene abnormalities that can...

  • Hunckler says Powderkeg is planning more tech census studies in 2019.

    Hunckler: Heartland Outpacing the Valley, But…

    The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based startup connector Powderkeg says surveys of eight emerging tech hubs show Middle America is more than holding its own when it comes to scaling technology startups. But Matt Hunckler is quick to add that Indiana and other heartland regions face a daunting challenge:  talent. "When you benchmark the fastest growing tech companies in the heartland against the fastest growing tech companies in the Valley, they are actually...

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    Indiana Members Credit Union Growing in Carmel

    Indiana Members Credit Union says it will open a new Carmel branch early this year. The company says the new branch will raise the number of IMCU locations in central Indiana to 27. The branch will be at 3975 West 106th St. at the intersection of 106th St. and Michigan Road. The location will offer teller PODS inside the branch lobby and interactive teller machines in drive up lanes, as well as office space for customer service.

  • Terre Haute Mayor to Seek Re-Election

    Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett has announced he will run for re-election this November. The third-term Republican mayor was first elected to the position in 2007. 

  • The announcement is set for 10:30 Monday morning.

    House GOP to Outline Agenda

    Indiana House Republicans will Monday unveil their 2019 legislative priorities. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) will join other members of the House Republican Caucus to outline the agenda for the budget-writing session, which began last week. Governor Eric Holcomb last month unveiled his agenda, with focuses including cultivating a "strong and diverse economy," strengthening infrastructure, workforce development, public health and boosting government service.

  • The former Elder-Beerman store in downtown Richmond will be part of the auction.

    Indiana Location Part of Bon-Ton Stores Auction

    The final 10 department store properties formerly owned by Wisconsin-based The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., including one in Indiana, will be auctioned off later this month. The auction comes a year after the retailer announced it was closing more than 40 stores nationwide as part of its "store rationalization program."

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    Hurco Profit Rises in Anniversary Year

    Indianapolis-based Hurco Companies Inc. (Nasdaq: HURC) is reporting full-year net income of $21.5 million for 2018, up from $15.1 million the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Michael Doar says the CNC manufacturer achieved several milestones during the year.

  • Deadline Approaching For TechPoint Sales Bootcamp

    TechPoint is counting down the days before closing applications for the next session of its Sales Bootcamp. The state's technology sector initiative says the six-week program aims to provide participants with on-the-job training so they can land full-time sales jobs.

  • Governor Eric Holcomb joined officials for the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Mayor: Groundbreaking Shows Lebanon is a National Player

    The mayor of Lebanon says the decision by United Kingdom-based DS Smith Plc to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in the Boone County city represents the city's competitiveness on a national level. The packaging company broke ground Friday morning on the $100 million facility, which is expected to create 140 jobs by the end of 2020. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Matt Gentry said the decision is a great indicator of...

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    Exhibit Columbus Announces the 2019 Design Presentations

    Exhibit Columbus is announcing the first public event of its 2019 exhibition: the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize design presentations. The exhibit will take place on January 19.

  • Bray was chosen as Senate president pro tem in May.

    Senate Republicans Reveal Legislative Priorities

    Indiana Senate Republicans have released their priorities for the 2019 legislative session. Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) says their focus will be on maintaining a balanced budget, supporting education, and improving school safety, among others.

  • Hicks is the director of Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research.

    Hicks: Jobs Report Can Ease Recession Worries

    As the stock market continues its rollercoaster ride, a Ball State University economist says the December jobs report will do a lot to ease recession worries. Mike Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State, says in addition to the increase in jobs, wage gains were also strong last month.

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    Tangram Names New President and CEO

    Tangram, an Indianapolis agency that provides support services for people with disabilities, has appointed Onias Taruwinga Muza as its new president and chief executive officer. Muza has 20 years of experience in business management and previously served as president and CEO of several nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

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    Hamilton County Tourism Grows

    Hamilton County Tourism Inc. says visitor spending in 2017 jumped more than 11 percent over the previous year. A study conducted by Pennsylvania-based Rockport Analytics says visitors added more than $820 million to the local economy.

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    Nonprofit to Open Human Trafficking Support Center

    Destiny Rescue, an international nonprofit that works to help children who have been affected by human trafficking, is opening a support center in Fort Wayne. The organization worked to rescue more than 1000 children from sexual exploitation and slavery in 2018.

  • Bank of Geneva Acquisition Complete

    The nearly $90 million acquisition of Limberlost Bancshares Inc., the parent of Bank of Geneva in Adams County, is complete. Ohio-based Farmers & Merchants Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: FMAO) says, as a result of the deal, former Limberlost Chairman Andrew Briggs will join the board of directors for The Farmers & Merchants State Bank.

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    UK Company to Break Ground on Lebanon Facility

    Governor Eric Holcomb will Friday join officials in Boone County to break ground on a more than $100 million project. United Kingdom-based packaging company DS Smith Plc is building its first U.S. manufacturing facility at the Lebanon Business Park and plans to add up to 160 jobs by the end of 2020.

  • The plant in Lordstown, Ohio is one of five to close as part of GM's reorganization effort. (photo courtesy of GM)

    UAW Files Suit Against GM

    The United Auto Workers has filed a federal lawsuit against General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) for what the union claims is a breach of labor contract. The suit calls for the automaker to transfer nearly 700 employees who were laid off from an assembly plant in Ohio to a similar plant in Fort Wayne.

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    Denison Parking Invests in Customer Service Offerings

    Indianapolis-based parking operator Denison Parking is announcing its acquisition of valet parking company SOPHI Global, LLC . The assets will become a part of newly formed Denison Parking subsidiary, Denison Mobility, LLC and support Denison Parking’s efforts to expand valet and concierge service offerings. 

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    Kokomo-Howard County Public Library to Host Space Exhibit

    The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is hosting the second international tour of Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey, from Jan. 14 through March 29. The Kokomo Tribune reports that KHCPL is one of nine libraries in the nation to be selected to facilitate the event. 

  • State Fair Encouraging 'Hero' Nominations

    The Indiana State Fair says the theme for this year's event will celebrate a wide variety of Hoosiers. The fair announced this morning the 2019 theme will be Heroes in the Heartland. Communications Manager Sharon Smith says people will have the opportunity to nominate their own personal heroes through the "Who's Your Hero?" campaign. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Smith says planning for this year's fair began shortly after last year's event ended and...

  • Indiana Chamber Supports Tobacco Tax Increase

    The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is adding an effort to significantly decrease the smoking rate of Hoosiers to its list of legislative priorities for 2019. It will support a per pack tax increase and push to raise the smoking age to 21. 

  • The 2019 legislative session began today.

    NE Indiana Leaders Want to be Heard in The Statehouse

    A group of northeast Indiana government leaders is looking for more local control as it outlines its agenda for this year's legislative session. The Mayors and Commissioners Caucus of Northeast Indiana is focusing on areas including local decision authority on various taxes, increased transportation and bridge funding and more support for public health and safety. Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, who is president of the caucus, says the organization has hired its first lo...
  • Beauty Brands Closing Indiana Stores

    Missouri-based retailer Beauty Brands has announced plans to close 25 stores nationwide, include three in central Indiana. Chief Executive Officer Caryn Lerner says the decision comes as the company continues its efforts to "combat industry headwinds." 

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    Indy Transportation Companies Merge

    Indianapolis-based transportation management company FitzMark Inc. cites its revenue growth as the determining factor in buying third party logistics company Reliable Source Logistics, also of Indianapolis. FitzMark saw a 40 percent revenue increase in 2018, which led to the company expanding its service capabilities and workforce.  

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    Children's Museum Touted on National Lists

    The opening of the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience has spurred accolades for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Four national media outlets have praised the museum as a must-see attraction in 2019.

  • Chris Buckman, recently promoted President & COO

    BMWC Constructors Announce Leadership Changes

    Indianapolis-based BMWC Constructors, Inc. continues their strategic growth with leadership changes. Chairman of the Board Jim Davis retired after eight years in the role and after 30 years with the company.  President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Acton will move into the role of Chairman of the Board, while remaining CEO. 

  • Indiana Wesleyan University offers new programs for active duty Air Force personnel

    IWU Launches Two New Degrees

    Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global students will have two more degree options later this academic year. The university has added an associate degree and an online doctorate in business administration. The DeVoe School of Business' doctorate in business administration allows students to take online classes specializing in accounting, healthcare administration and management. 

  • Greene County Chosen for IU Community Initiative

    Greene County has been chosen as community partner for the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement's Sustaining Hoosier Communities Initiative. Plans call for more than a dozen community-related projects during the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Johnson County Development Corp. Names New CEO

    The Johnson County Development Corp. has named Dana Monson as executive director/chief executive officer. Monson had been serving interim executive director and coordinator of the affiliated Aspire Johnson County program.

  • Two Indiana Banks on Forbes Best List

    Forbes has ranked the best banks in the country and Indiana has placed two on the list. First Merchants Bank finished 2nd, and Old National Bancorp came in at 97. The metrics used by the publication include tangible common equity, return on average assets, net interest margin,  efficiency ratio and net charge-offs as a percentage of total loans. 

  • pictured L-R-  Curtis Hill, Heather Barajas, Ryan Needham and Andrew Salter

    Montgomery County Grant To Help Inmates With Addiction

    Montgomery County will receive an Indiana Drug Enforcement Association grant to help start a Jail Chemical Addiction Program. The $43,000 grant comes from seed funding at the Office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.   The Mongtomery County Jail will offer the program in partnership with Valley Oaks Health, that will provide a therapist.  “Law enforcement officers see firsthand the massive damage caused by drug addiction in our community,” ...

  • Commission Approves New Nature Preserve

    Lydick Bog Nature Preserve in St. Joseph County has been approved by the Natural Resources Commission. The nature preserve is located near U.S. 20 northwest of South Bend.

  • New COO Named at IU Health Bloomington Hospital

    Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital has named Alan Biggs as chief operating officer. Biggs most recently served as vice president of EMCARE/EMVISION Physician Services and was also chief financial officer and chief Operating officer of Logansport Hospital from 1997-2010. He succeeds Brian Shockney, who now is IU Health's South Central Region President. 

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    Rural Communities Receive Millions in Federal Grants

    Nineteen rural Indiana communities have received nearly $11 million in federal grant funding. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced the Community Development Block Grants to help local governments with infrastructure, revitalization and economic development needs. 

  • Purdue Names Associate Dean for College of Agriculture

    The former leader of Purdue's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering has been named associate dean of research and graduate education for Purdue's College of Agriculture. Bernie Engel led the ABE to several number one rankings for undergraduate and graduate programs over the last decade. Engel joined the faculty in 1988 and was appointed department head of ABE in 2005, and undergraduate enrollment has nearly doubled 

  • Command Staff Change at IMPD

    Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Bryan Roach has made a command staff change to help build support for East District officers and detectives who respond to and investigate violent crimes. 24-year IMPD veteran Craig McCartt has been appointed Commander of the East District. 

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    Cass County Park To Grow Following Donation

    Cass County officials recently accepted a donation of a more than 100-acre addition to France Park in western Cass County. The Pharos-Tribune reports the land was donated by the Justice family earlier this week. Cass County Commission President Jim Sailors says the parcel of land south of the Wabash River had been converted to a conversation area that had been managed by the Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive Land Trust. 

  • Indiana Drug Czar Jim McClelland announced RALI's launch in July 2018

    Grant Offers Addiction Education to State's Largest Industry

    The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) Indiana today awarded a $45,000 grant to the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) to equip Indiana’s largest industry with new resources in its response to opioid misuse and the addiction crisis. The grant will fund addiction education and other tools that will allow Indiana employers to further aid employees possibly affected by the epidemic. 

  • Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business finished 5th on Value Colleges' list

    Indiana Business Colleges Among 'Best Values'

    Indiana has placed three schools on the Value Colleges Top 50 Best Value Undergraduate Business Schools for 2019. The website uses three qualifications to make their list: College Consensus ranking, annual total costs and early career salaries as reported to payscale.com.  University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business finished 6th. The website touted the innovative coursework, experiential learning concentrations and small classes offered at Men...

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    Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Receives Grant

    The Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana a $100,000 grant to support 2019 Junior Achievement Elementary Programming and the JA Finance Park.

  • Bill Targets Smoking in Vehicles with Child Passengers

    State Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) has submitted a bill that would make smoking inside a vehicle while children under six are inside illegal. Our partners at WIBC report the bill would have offenders fined $1,000 for the first infraction and $10,000 for drivers that are caught smoking with children in the car three times in less than a year.

  • Damar Services to Expand Autism Services

    Damar Services has purchased an Avon building to expand its autism services. The nonprofit organization bought an 11,000 square-foot building and plans to renovate it and open an ABA Autism Services clinic in February.

  • New IU Scholarship Offered For LGBTQ Students

    A gift from an alumnus and his partner will lead to a new scholarship program for LGBTQ students at the Indiana Kelley School of Business. A $2.2 million gift from Doug Hamilton and his partner, Don Vossburg, of Noblesville, will establish the program. The annual Out in INformation Technology Scholarship is designed to support a student involved with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. 

  • Indiana Main Street Welcomes Cannelton

    The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has announced Renew Cannelton, Inc. as the newest member of its Indiana Main Street Program. The initiative focuses on economic development and improvement for downtown areas. OCRA Executive Director Jodi Golden said the group's mission is to showcase the community to preserve historic sites and buildings.

  • Stanford Professor Chosen to Lead Notre Dame Law School

    A leading scholar of economics, commerce and finance has been chosen as Joseph A. Matson Dean of the Law School at the University of Notre Dame. Marcus Cole has taught at Stanford University since 1997, where he held two endowed chairs and served as associate dean for curriculum and academic affairs. 

  • Foellinger Foundation Approves Allen County Grants

    The Foellinger Foundation Board of Directors has approved nearly $3 million in early childhood and family development grants in Allen County. The funding will benefit nonprofit organizations throughout the county.  “These organizations reflect the Foundation’s focus on supporting children and families in Allen County,” said Cheryl Taylor, Foundation President. “The Foundation’s strategy is to support effective nonprofits emphasizing clients with the...
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    Fishers Names Economic Development Director

    The city of Fishers has named Megan Baumgartner economic development director. She previously held the assistant director position and succeeds Brandon Dickinson, who left in October. The city says Baumgartner has helped lead efforts to attract 25 new companies to Fishers resulting in $500 million in capital investment and 4,900 new jobs since 2015.

  • The Excel Center has numerous locations throughout central and southern Indiana.

    The Excel Center Receives Lumina Foundation Grant

    Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has received a $300,000 grant from the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation to fund The Excel Center, which is Goodwill's high school for adults. The funding will be used to scale in at least six states. 

  • Alumnus Makes $2M Gift to IU Kelley School of Business

    More IU Kelley School of Business students will be able to study abroad after a $2M gift from alumnus Jim Perschbacher. The Mableton, Georgia resident, and avid world traveler, says he wanted to improve the study abroad programs to leave a legacy at the university where he earned two accounting degrees. "I have enjoyed my extensive international travel experiences and cherish the friendships I have made over the years," Perschbacher said. "I continue to find travel ben...

  • Martin University Selects New President

    A nationwide search has culminated in the Martin University Board of Trustees announcing Sean Huddleston as the university's new president. Huddleston will succeed Eugene White, who announced his retirement in August after six years at the helm of the university, although White will continue as President Emeritus. Huddleston is currently Vice President for Inclusion and Equity at the University of Indianapolis. He also served as chief officer for diversi...

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    Zac Brown Band To Headline Legends Day

    Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning country-rock group Zac Brown Band will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The seven-member band will take the stage inside Turn 4 on May 25. The concert will include other, unannounced acts and kick off at 3:30pm the day before the running of the 103rd Indianapolis 500.  “Zac Brown Band is a phenomenon, one of the most exciting, talented and popular live acts in any genre of music to...

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    Hoosier Energy Announces CFO

    Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy is announcing Adam Roberts as its new chief financial officer. He succeeds Donna Walker, who was promoted to president and chief executive officer in November.Roberts spent seven years with Hoosier Energy, filling the roles of senior financial analyst and manager of financial services.

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    Community Foundation Invests in Electric Works

    Transforming the former Fort Wayne General Electric campus into a new multi-use space is the focus of a $500,000 investment in Electric Works from The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.  The 39 acre Electric Works includes 18 historic buildings and 1.2 million square feet of multi-use space, including for office, education and retail. “There is no doubt that Fort Wayne continues to stay relevant by advancing bold and transformative projects. The Community Foundat...

  • Bloomington Hires Director of Innovation

    Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton has named a new Director of Innovation for the city. Devta Kidd started in the role on a part-time basis in mid-November, and assumed the full-time position on Wednesday. Kidd succeeds outgoing director Tom Miller. Hamilton recommended the Office of Innovation in 2016 and it was approved by the City Council to lead efforts to optimize the delivery of city services. A primary objective of the office is to foresee tech advances could affec...

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    Worley Claims Services Makes Another Acquisition

    Fishers-based Worley Claims Services has announced the acquisition of Dallas,TX-based content services company Replacement Source of America. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  ReSource was founded in 1990 and specializes in content loss replacement, salvage and inventory services in the property insurance market.  “ReSource’s commitment to providing exceptional quality through a full suite of services has solidified their strong reputat...

  • Fort Wayne Seal Companies Merge

    Seal Products and Pro Seal & Plastics, both of Fort Wayne, have merged into a new entity, PSP Seals, LLC. Both brands will continue in their respective markets and both names will be integrated in to the company's new logo. Pro Seal provides sealing products to original equipment manufacturers and the U.S. Government/Military. Markets include life sciences, fluid power, pumps and industrial. Seal Products also supplies sealing products to OEM's, along with aftermarket and ma...
  • Aurora Inc. Appoints Executive Director

    Evansville-based homeless housing solutions agency Aurora Inc. has appointed a new executive director. Timothy Weir will lead the organization, succeeding program director Susan Steinkamp, who served as interim executive director since October. Weir joins Aurora after several years as Accuride's Director of communications & government relations. "All of us at Aurora are excited to welcome Timothy as the organization’s new Executive Director,” Carolyn ...

  • Hoosiers are asked to drop off non-perishable food items outside the Indiana House Chamber (Image Courtesy: State of Indiana)

    House, Salvation Army Launch Hunger Drive

    The Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Division of The Salvation Army have joined together to increase awareness of child hunger. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88) and House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-80) joined Salvation Army officials at the Statehouse Thursday to kick off a drive to donate food and backpacks. "Some school children don’t want to leave school on Fridays because they don’t know where their next meal will...