• (Image of Lori Watson courtesy of Earlham College)

    Earlham-Connected Program Earns NSF Support

    The National Science Foundation is funding work at Earlham College that involves teaching inorganic chemistry. The five-year, $1.1 million grant will support the efforts of the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists, a group co-founded by Associate Professor of Chemistry Lori Watson. The IONiC also includes chemists from institutions including...

  • Hoosier Environmental Service was established in 1978.

    Long-Time Family Environmental Business Moves

    A family-owned environmental construction company has relocated its headquarters from Plainfield to Camby. Hoosier Equipment Service Inc. had been based in Hendricks County for nearly 40 years. Hoosier Equipment Service says the company's 16 employers are now under the same roof for the first time. The new space includes office facility and storage for large trucks and equipment.

  • Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-October, with hopes for the renovated building to open in summer 2018.

    Little Red Door Getting $2M Makeover

    Little Red Door Cancer Agency in Indianapolis has launched a $2.1 million project that it says will transform its building into a vibrant community center for people fighting cancer. The agency says the New Hope Project will expand programming and make the building more accessible. The organization says highlights of the multi-million dollar effort include a more accessible entrance for those with physical limitations, a dedicated fitness and yoga studio and significant space...

  • YouthBuild's network includes 260 urban and rural programs in 46 states.

    Evansville Lands Federal YouthBuild Grant

    The Evansville Housing Authority will receive more than $1 million as part of a federal pre-apprenticeship program. The U.S. Department of Labor's YouthBuild program aims to help at-risk youth complete degree programs and earn certifications for in-demand occupations. The authority is the only Indiana agency to receive a grant in the national $80 million round of funding.

  • (Image of Starke County Airport courtesy of Jeff Dixon)

    FAA Grants Boost Indiana Airports

    Seven airports throughout the state have received funding for improvements from the Federal Aviation Administration. The Airport Improvement Program involves funds for infrastructure maintenance and improvements that support safety, capacity, security and the environment. The most recent round supports projects in 31 states and totals $162.4 million. Indiana's portion amounts to nearly $3 million and involves projects including...

  • Furrion says the Prosthesis can run 21 miles per hour and jump 10 feet high.

    Furrion on New Tech: 'We Like Crazy'

    A global technology company that recently opened its U.S. headquarters in Elkhart says its latest endeavor shows "we dream big and then make it happen." Furrion, which manufactures high-end products for the RV industry, has debuted its latest product, Prosthesis, a mechanized racing suit which it says uses robotics to deliver super-human power to users. In the latest INdiana Connections e-newsletter, founder and Chief Executive Officer Aaron Fidler says...

  • (Image courtesy of YWCA Northeast Indiana)

    YWCA Northeast Indiana Transitions to New Leader

    YWCA Northeast Indiana has a new chief executive officer. Paula Hughes-Schuh, who most recently served as principal of consulting group Twelve One Strategy LLC, succeeds Debbie Beckman. Beckman will retire from the organization at the end of the month while she helps with Hughes-Schuh's transition. Hughes-Schuh's experience includes...

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    Date Selected For Return of Terre Haute Air Show

    After more than a decade, the Terre Haute Air Show will return. Officials from the Terre Haute Air Show Committee and Terre Haute Regional Airport announced details Friday morning of the event, which is set for August 18-19 of next year. Duke Energy Indiana Government & Community Relations Manager Rick Burger, who leads the committee, tells Inside INdiana Business he anticipates 70,000 will be in attendance.

  • (Image of Campus Crossroads construction courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.)

    $400M Project Getting Spotlight at Notre Dame

    The University of Notre Dame Sunday will publicly showcase the new facilities associated with its largest-ever construction project. The $400 million Campus Crossroads initiative involves three additional buildings connected to Notre Dame Stadium and upgrades to the historic sports venue. As part of what the school calls its Kicks and Flicks Week, which starts Sunday and runs through Friday, the Fighting Irish football team will play a New & Gold Game scrimmage.

  • The WEOC was launched in 2015.

    Women's Pitch Competition Set For Northeast Indiana

    The Women's Economic Opportunity Center in Fort Wayne has announced a pitch competition for northeast Indiana entrepreneurs. The WEOC Launch Women Pitch Competition, set for next month, will involve three categories: service business, innovative business and student venture. Finalists will be announced September 15 and the final round pitch competition will be September 23.

  • Indiana Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

    The state's unemployment rate has inched up to 3.1 percent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Indiana's labor force decreased by more than 1,000 in July, compared to June. The Indiana unemployment rate remains the lowest among Midwest states and is below the 4.3 percent national average. Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steven Braun says the unemployment rate in the state continues to be at a near-record low. He says...

  • Building Permits on Rise in Central Indiana

    The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis says single-family building permits jumped 14 percent in July, compared to the same month last year. The increase is the largest in any month this year. Chief Executive Officer Steve Lains says "we are pleased to see a continued steady growth in central Indiana housing and its associated economic impacts through local jobs, wages, and taxes." Through the first first seven months of the year, 3,671 new permits have been issued...

  • Patrick Industries ranks number one among manufacturers in the U.S. according to the Industry Week list.

    Indiana Manufacturers Sweep Top Spots on '50 Best ' List

    Hoosier manufacturers fare well in an annual ranking of the highest-performing public manufacturers in the country. Elkhart-based companies swept the top three spots on the 2017 Industry Week 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers list. Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. (NYSE: WNC) was the only other Indiana company on the list, placing 29th. The publication ranks manufacturers based on multiple factors, including revenue growth and total revenue over the last year.

  • Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (wearing red in center) and Governor Eric Holcomb (pictured to Freeman-Wilson's left) were on-hand for a groundbreaking at the future site of the new HMD Trucking headquarters.

    Another Illinois Company Moving to Indiana

    An Illinois-based shipping and logistics company has announced plans to relocate to Gary. HMD Trucking Inc. says it will invest nearly $6 million into a new headquarters, with plans to bring up to 500 jobs to Lake County by 2021. Founder Henry Malukas calls Gary a "perfect match" and cites several reasons for the move, including affordability to grow.

  • Sycamore Winery sits on some 60 acres in West Terre Haute.

    From Coal Mine to Fine Wine

    The couple behind a Vigo County winery says the community is embracing their vision, which is located at the site of a former Peabody coal mine. Sarah Pigg, who owns Sycamore Winery in West Terre Haute with her husband Daniel, says the booking calendar is already filling up for next year. The Indiana State University graduates say the 60-acre attraction includes a winery, craft brewery, trails, lakes and 4,000 square-feet of event space.

  • Indiana Unemployment Numbers Set to be Released

    New state unemployment numbers will be released Friday. The rate released last month remained at 3 percent, the lowest level since the mid-1990s. In June, a total of 10,000 private sector jobs were added. The unemployment rate was at 4.5 percent in June of 2016. Indiana has the lowest unemployment rate among its neighbors. Michigan fell to 3.8 percent in June, Illinois increased to 4.7 percent, Ohio was 5 percent and Kentucky ticked up to 5.1 percent. Indiana is currently 15,700...
  • New Leader For Evansville Sports Corp.

    Eric Marvin has been named executive director of the Evansville Sports Corp. He previously served as director of sports tourism for the The Columbus Area Visitors Center. Marvin succeeds Jason Sands who now serves as director of sports at the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. The organization helps prepare bids, manage, recruit, promote and sell tournaments and sporting events in the city. It also hosts youth clinics and events connected to the various competitions.

  • Indy Tech Company Grows in NYC Metro Area

    Indianapolis-based StrataBlue has opened an office in New Jersey. Chief Executive Officer Henry Bestritsky says the company is growing rapidly and the digital marketing agency has hit a point where "we either expand to handle the increased client load or slow down and stay the course. It's what we call a 'high-quality problem.'" StrataBlue, which was founded in 2000, currently has 15 employees in its Indianapolis office and 10 in the Greater New York City area.

  • Shaun Grannis is director of the Regenstrief Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics.

    Grant to Help Tackle Patient ID Issues

    The Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis has received a $1.7 million grant. The funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will support research and development of "real-world, evidence-based guidelines" for matching patient identification information in the era of Big Data. CBMI Director Shaun Grannis is the principal investigor for the project. He says...

  • (Image of the Sheets family barn and alpacas courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)

    Howard County Alpaca Farmers Honored For Preservation

    A Howard County farm family has been named winner of the 2017 Arnold Award for Rural Preservation from Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau. Tim and Beth Sheets raise alpacas for their fleece and own the farm that was bought by Beth's parents in the 1950s. The property includes a barn built in 1911 from recycled timbers, a 150 year-old farm house and historic log cabin that was rescued from demolition. The red barn, which now has a roof depicting an alpaca with its shingles, had...
  • (Rendering courtesy of the Greater Evansville Ball Halls of Fame.)

    Sports Halls of Fame CEO: 'We Will be a Destination'

    A capital campaign has been launched for the proposed Greater Evansville Ball Halls of Fame. Organizers hope to raise $2.5 million for the facility, which will honor area baseball, basketball, football and golf greats, as well as house a first-of-its-kind National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame. Chief Executive Officer Tim Turpin said during the capital campaign launch Wednesday "we will be a destination." Plans call for the property to include...

  • The company plans to hire 100 associates by the end of this year, and 400 next year.

    Purdue, Infosys Announce Major Partnership

    Purdue University and India-based tech giant Infosys have announced a strategic alliance. The five-year agreement will involve training for the company's American employees, joint research projects and a physical presence for Infosys on campus. In May, the consulting and technology company announced that it had chosen Indianapolis for one of its U.S. tech and innovation hubs, resulting in up to 2,000 new jobs by the end of 2021.

  • Gen Con moved to Indianapolis in 2003.

    Gen Con's 50th Could Have Biggest Economic Impact Yet

    One of the most lucrative conventions in the state turns 50 today and the general manager of the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis says attendees -- and what they're willing to spend -- are maturing, too. Phil Ray says Gen Con continues to draw repeat visitors to the city who make a vacation out of the event and have more expendable income than they did in previous years. Gen Con is marking its first-ever sellout and could exceed its 2016 economic impact number of $71 million.

  • Gen Con 2017 is the event's first sellout in 50 years.

    Gen Con 50 Begins Today

    One of the state’s biggest conventions officially begins in downtown Indianapolis today. Gen Con, which moved to the Circle City in 2003, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. The four day event, which saw over 60,000 people from around the globe and brought in $71 million in economic impact in 2016, is a complete sellout this year. The first in its history. Visit Indy Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Chris Gahl says...

  • Melissa Watson (pictured left) is secretary of Indy Women in Tech and Tiffany White (pictured right) is past president of Women & Hi Tech.

    'Ignite Your Superpower' Focuses on Girls in STEM

    An event Thursday in Indianapolis will focus on sparking interest in science, technology, engineering and math for 600 middle school girls. Ignite Your Superpower! at the University of Indianapolis will include hands-on experiments, and appearances by industry role models including Pippa Mann and Sarah Fisher. During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Indy Women in Tech Inc. Secretary Melissa Watson joined Women & Hi Tech Past President Tiffany White who says...

  • Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will be part of Thursday's announcement at a logistics company in the Region.

    Jobs Announcement Slated For Gary

    Governor Eric Holcomb will be in northwest Indiana Thursday for a jobs announcement. He will be joined by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and executives from HMD Trucking as part of his statewide tour promoting his recently-released Next Level Jobs initiative. The economic development announcement is slated for 2:30 p.m. Central Time.

  • Union Hospital was founded in 1892 as the Terre Haute Sanitarium.

    Union Hospital Turns 125

    The largest employer in Terre Haute is marking a milestone. Union Hospital will Thursday celebrate 125 years since its founding as the Terre Haute Sanitarium. It began as a small operation with only three paid employees and has since grown to include more than 2,000 employees with facilities in both Terre Haute and Clinton. Construction of its 380-bed, $185 million main campus was complete in early 2010 and hospital officials say...

  • Jill Blumhoff serves as cfhief financial officer.

    BASi Turns in Profitable Quarter

    West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI) is reporting a third quarter net income of $221,000, compared to a net loss of $433,000 in the same period last year. Chief Financial Officer Jill Blumhoff credits increased pre-clinical services demand and improved pharmaceutical analysis revenues with the swing to quarterly profitability.

  • (Image provided by The Garrett Companies)

    President of Indiana's Fastest-Growing Company 'Surprised'

    The president of The Garrett Companies says he experienced one overriding emotion when he heard his Greenwood-based development business was named the fastest-growing in Indiana on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list. "We're a little bit surprised," Eric Garrett told Inside INdiana Business. "We've been trying to limit or even slow this growth a bit." The company experienced more than 2,000 percent growth year-over-year, according to the publication, and Garrett says...

  • Goodwill LEADS Inc. opened its first Excel Center in South Bend (pictured) in 2015.

    New Excel Center Readies For Hammond Debut

    Goodwill LEADS Inc., which operates The Excel Center in South Bend, is a month away from classes beginning at its new tuition-free adult high school in Hammond. The organization says the program will serve some 51,000 Lake County adults without a high school diploma. Excel Center students work toward Indiana Core 40 Diplomas, industry certifications and college credits.

  • Rendering provided to the Whitestown Plan Commission.

    Redesigned Health Care Facility Gains Approval in Whitestown

    A 96-bed senior living community in Whitestown is back on-track after layout changes by the owner and developer. The $20 million Mainstreet development will sit on 16 acres and include eight buildings. The project received unanimous approval Monday night from the town's plan commission, the final step in the approval process.

  • State Completes Takeover of Delayed I-69 Work

    The Indiana Department of Transportation has officially taken over direct control of Section 5 of the I-69 project. The work, previously handled by a private sector group called I-69 Development Partners, has been fraught with delays and was initially slated to be complete last October. The Indiana Finance Authority has wrapped-up the settlement deal between I-69 Development Partners and the state and will reimburse the developer's bond holders for $246 million.

  • Insurers to Expand Indiana Obamacare Footprint

    Two health insurance providers are expanding their offerings in Indiana on the federal marketplace. Ohio-based CareSource and Managed Health Services in Indianapolis have notified state officials they plan to provide coverage in Decatur, Jackson, Grant and Wayne counties starting next year. Following the June announcements that Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) and MDwise Marketplace would drop out of the federal exchange in Indiana, the aforementioned counties were in jeopardy of...

  • Hoppe succeeds current CEO Adrian Swartout, who is retiring after this week's convention.

    New Gen Con CEO: Indy is 'Bedrock'

    On the eve of Gen Con in Indianapolis, the Seattle-based organization has a new chief executive officer. Gaming industry veteran David Hoppe has been Gen Con LLC's president since May. He says he hopes the city will continue to be at the center of the group's activities, telling Inside INdiana Business, "The bedrock of what we do is what we do here in Indianapolis every year."

  • The Garrett Companies is number one this year among Indiana companies on the Inc. 5000.

    Dozens of Hoosier Businesses on Inc. 5000 List

    Employers in Indianapolis, Greenwood and New Albany are the fastest-growing private companies in Indiana on a national ranking. A total of 67 Hoosier businesses are in this year's Inc. 5000 class, 13 of which have been included five or more times. Greenwood-based The Garrett Companies ranks first in Indiana and 210th in the country. The annual list ranks companies based on percentage of year-over-year revenue growth. Number one in the country is...

  • The ceremony is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Vincennes to Dedicate $25M Facility

    Vincennes University will Wednesday officially dedicate the new $25 million Updike Hall for Science, Engineering and Mathematics. The three-story hall includes nearly 20 science labs, smart classroom technology and tutoring space. William Updike and his family donated $2 million to the project. The 1968 Vincennes graduate says the gift is in thanks for the school's part in his career as owner and president of CMA Supply Co.

  • (Image courtesy of BlueSky Technology Partners)

    Ribbon Cutting For BlueSky's New HQ

    Noblesville-based BlueSky Technology Partners Inc. will mark the opening of its new headquarters Wednesday. The e-commerce and digital marketing consulting business broke ground on the $6 million facility in June of 2016 and is planning to add 20 employees. When the BlueSky Technology Partners currently employs 85 in the Hamilton County city. Its previous headquarters location was in the Stony Creek Industrial Park in Noblesville.

  • (Image from April 2017 during construction courtesy of FireKing)

    FireKing to Toast New Distribution Center in Home City

    Southeast Indiana officials will hold a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the first business to open at Grantline Industrial Park West in New Albany. FireKing International LLC, which has been headquartered in the Floyd County city for 40 years, will celebrate a new, $4 million distribution center. The facility is expected to bring up to 50 jobs to the area within five years.

  • (photo courtesy of our partners at WTHI-TV)

    City: Urban Infill Effort to be Catalyst in Kokomo

    The city of Kokomo has announced a program designed to build new, market-rate houses on vacant or underused properties. Officials say the effort, led by the city and the Kokomo Community Development Corp., will enhance and revitalize existing urban neighborhoods. Mayor Greg Goodnight says the program fills a big need. "Providing new housing options in already existing neighborhoods is a proven strategy for smart growth," he says.

  • (Image courtesy of Calumet Specialty Products Partners)

    Calumet Selling Wisconsin Refinery

    Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (Nasdaq: CLMT) has agreed to sell its Superior Refining operation in Wisconsin to Husky Energy Inc. of Canada. The deal is valued at $435 million and expected to close in the fourth quarter. Husky says it will retain the nearly 180 workers at the facility. The Canadian company plans to make investments into the facility.

  • Bill Hogan will serve as vice president for advancement for the Saint Joseph's College Phoenix Project.

    New VP to Handle Fundraising as St. Joe's Aims to Return

    Saint Joseph's College Rector Barry Fischer has named Bill Hogan vice president for advancement of the school's Phoenix Project. Hogan will focus on fundraising and promotion as the school attempts to "rise from the ashes" of mounting dept that forced it to suspend operations in May. Hogan, who attended St. Joe's and played basketball for the school from 1970-1974, worked for the school in the 1980s as...

  • IMA Chief Executive Officer Charles Venable unveils the Newfields identity for the campus.

    IMA CEO: Newfields Spotlights 'Cultural Park Unlike Anywhere Else'

    For the first time, the 152-acre campus that includes the Indianapolis Museum of Art will have an official name. Newfields, a Place for Nature and the Arts, integrates the IMA, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, The Garden, Lilly House and various performance spaces beginning in October. Chief Executive Officer Charles Venable says the name "is a celebration of our past and a commitment to our future."

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    District Approves Buyer For Former High School

    The Fort Wayne Community Schools board has approved the sale of the former Elmhurst High School property. The Journal Gazette reports the site will be sold for $600,000 to Hanson Aggregates Midwest LLC, a quarrying company. The site went up for sale in February and it received two offers. It has been vacant since Elmhurst was closed in 2010 following district consolidation. The publication reports the acquisition also includes 12 acres of farmland.
  • In 2014, 154 of Indiana's 289 school corporations had total enrollments of less than 2,000 students.

    Chamber Schools Study: Smaller Districts Struggling

    A new comprehensive study shows many of Indiana's school corporations are too small to produce the most effective outcomes for their students. The research, commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation and conducted by Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research, shows school corporation size has a direct impact on student achievement. In addition to higher test scores and passing rates, Chamber President Kevin Brinegar says larger districts...

  • St. Elmo Owners Launching Burger Joint

    One of the best-known restaurants in Indianapolis is ready to roll out a new burger restaurant downtown. Burger Study, a companion restaurant to St. Elmo Steak House, is slated to open next month and is taking applications online and hosting job fairs to fill 60 openings. Positions include servers, bartenders and line and prep cooks. Co-proprietor Craig Huse says...

  • United Airlines now offers two daily flight options to San Francisco from Indianapolis International Airport.

    Indy Airport Adds Another San Fran Flight

    The executive director of Indianapolis International Airport calls another daily flight to San Francisco International Airport "a big win." Mario Rodriguez says business travelers, in particular, benefit from United Airlines' expanded service. He adds "it further supports the connection between the Indianapolis and Silicon Valley tech communities." United has two daily flights to SFO.

  • (Image courtesy of Ball State University)

    Report: New Owner For Former BorgWarner Plant

    A once-thriving, long-vacant automobile components plant has been acquired. The Star Press in Muncie reports Ohio-based Jim Wallace Co. has purchased the former BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) property and filed a demolition permit with the city building commission. The 1.1 million square-foot plant has been vacant for most of the last eight years. In the late-1950s, a former plant timekeeper told The Star Press about 10 years ago, the half-mile-long operation employed 5,000.

  • Blair Milo is the new Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent.

    State Debuts Initiative Targeting Skills Gap

    The newest cabinet member of the Holcomb administration spent her first day with the governor in Clay County helping to launch an initiative focused on linking Hoosiers to higher-paying, in-demand jobs. Former La Porte Mayor Blair Milo, who now serves as secretary of career connections and talent, says the Next Level Jobs initiative includes "two more tools in our toolbox" to help Hoosiers be successful in their careers.

  • (Image courtesy of Gen Con LLC)

    Gen Con Racks-up a Sell-Out

    Days before the 50th edition of Gen Con kicks off in Indianapolis, organizers have announced a sellout. The event, which draws more than 60,000 visitors downtown and is one of the biggest conventions in the state, has expanded beyond the Indiana Convention Center and into Lucas Oil Stadium and nearby hotels. The consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure gaming gathering has been hosted in Indianapolis for the last 15 years.

  • Taylor University is one of seven Indiana colleges in the top 200 on the national list.

    Indiana Colleges Among Best 'For Your Money'

    Several Indiana institutions have been named among of the Best Colleges For Your Money. The annual ranking from Time Inc.’s MONEY magazine considers 27 factors, including quality of education, affordability and outcome for graduates. Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame are the only Indiana schools in the top 100. The list includes a total of 711 colleges and universities, 21 of which are in Indiana.

  • Governor Holcomb and Blair Milo announced the program in Brazil this morning.

    Holcomb, Milo Unveil 'Next Level Jobs' Program

    Governor Eric Holcomb and new Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo today rolled out Indiana's Next Level Jobs initiative. Holcomb says the program will provide more than $20 million over the next two years through grants to support training efforts to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs throughout the state.

  • As part of the deal, Fizziology says it will bring its software development team in-house.

    Fizziology Acquired by Los Angeles Company

    Fast-growing Indianapolis-based media and entertainment analytics company Fizziology LLC has been acquired. Los Angeles-based MarketCast LLC says the deal will allow it to provide "unparalleled insights" in the film, television, gaming and related industries. Co-founder Ben Carlson says he is "thrilled to be joining the MarketCast family," citing their "history of innovation and growth and their sterling reputation within the entertainment industry."

  • Cheddar's origins date back to 2009 and Bloomington's SproutBox venture studio.

    Cheddar Lands Some Cash of Its Own

    A Bloomington-based billing technology company has received a $1.25 million round of funding. Cheddar, formerly known as CheddarGetter, says it is one of the first tech companies in Bloomington to secure venture capital from outside sources. Chief Executive Officer Mike Trotzke says the platform is tapping into the future of where billing is headed by "being very, very effective for doing usage-based billing" for its software-as-a-service customers.

  • (Image of CEO Derek Trimble provided by JourneyGuide.)

    Software Startup Spins-Out From Ash Brokerage

    Fort Wayne-based Ash Brokerage Corp. has spun-out a high-tech business. JourneyGuide Inc. is an independent company developing retirement income planning software. Derek Trimble is the startup's chief executive officer and says creating the platform has been one of Ash Brokerage's top priorities in recent years.

  • Alex Carroll owns Lifeline Data Centers.

    Lifeline Data Centers Expanding

    An Indianapolis data center is expanding its footprint beyond central Indiana. Lifeline Data Centers acquired the old Eastgate Consumer Mall in 2008 for $23 million and has since developed the property into a colocation and data storage hub. The company is now building out a flagship data location in Fort Wayne. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Lifeline owner Alex Carroll said growth is being fueled by demand for data center locations in the Midwest.

  • Before joining Early Learning Indiana, Maple led United Way of Central Indiana's Success By 6 education initiative.

    Maple to Join Lilly Endowment

    Early Learning Indiana Chief Executive Officer Ted Maple will join Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. in October. Maple, who has led the nonprofit early ed provider since 2013, will help lead the endowment's education and youth development programs. Indianapolis attorney and consultant Susan Haber will also join the endowment as a program director.

  • (Image courtesy of Blar Milo on Twitter) Blair Milo (pictured left) has handed the job as La Porte mayor to Mark Krentz (pictured right).

    La Porte Has Successor For Blair Milo

    The city of La Porte has a new mayor. Mark Krentz has taken over for Blair Milo, who was appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb to serve in the newly-created, cabinet level position of secretary of career connections and talent. Krentz most recently served as talent attraction coordinator for the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corp. He was selected Friday by a caucus of local Republican Party precinct members to finish the remaining two-and-a-half years of Milo's second term.

  • Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the acquisition of Kaplan University in April.

    Higher Ed Commission OKs New Public University

    The state's next online public university has taken another step toward its launch. NewU, as it's tentatively being called, has received approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The school is a Purdue University creation built on its April acquisition of Kaplan University. NewU will be independently run by its own board of directors selected by Purdue. The new university will be funded through tuition and fundraising, not state dollars says Purdue.

  • (Image of ADSEP provided by Techshot.)

    Greenville's Techshot Preps For Another Space Mission

    Equipment from Greenville-based Techshot Inc. is once again set to be used to conduct experiments in space. The high-tech Floyd County company's ADvanced Space Experiment Processor device will contain medical research equipment that can provide nutrients and mechanical stress for manufactured organs and tissue so they are viable for transplantation when returned to Earth. The payload will be part of Sunday's SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station.

  • The C&A Tool Engineering Inc. headquarters is in Churubusco.

    Japanese Company to Acquire 50-Year-Old Indiana Manufacturer

    The Japan-based parent of New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. has announced the acquisition of C&A Tool Engineering Inc. in Churubusco. Under terms of the deal, MinebeaMitsumi Inc. will own 51 percent of the longtime Whitley County precision metal processor and the Development Bank of Japan will own 49 percent. C&A's products are used in the medical, aerospace, industrial and fuel systems fields. The company will become part of the NHBB/myonic Business Unit.

  • Pictured Left-to-Right: PNC Central and Southern Indiana Regional President Connie Bond Stuart, Student Lucy Ansell and Butler University College of Education Dean Ena Shelley.

    Pre-K Program in Indy Receives Boost

    A $150,000 grant from the PNC Foundation will support an early childhood education initiative in Indianapolis. The three years of funding for St. Mary's Child Center will support a pre-kindergarten partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools and Butler University Laboratory School. It will create professional development opportunities for 180 educators and...

  • (Image of Harry Bradway courtesy of Lafayette Colt Tournaments Inc.)

    Colt World Series Organizer, Broadcaster Has Died

    Final arrangements for the driving force behind a well-known international youth baseball tournament in Lafayette are set. Harry Bradway, who is credited with bringing the Colt World Series to Loeb Stadium in 1969, died Thursday. Funeral services will be held Sunday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel. Bradway was 97. He also spent 30 years broadcasting high school and college sports for WASK radio. Bradway's accomplishments also include...

  • Former Governor Mike Pence and Governor Matt Bevin (pictured left-to-right in foreground) signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of their respective states along with state and local leaders last July.

    Tri-State Leaders Recommend I-69 Bridge Preference

    A group of stakeholders in the Tri-State is urging the project manager of the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project to move forward with the lowest-cost and shortest of the three routes on a short-list of suggested alternatives. The BridgeLink board members say the $860 million "Central Corridor 1" option would maintain use of the current twin bridges in the area. The community leaders also argue tolling should be part of the plans to pay for the corridor, but...

  • (Sportsplex And Community Center rendering provided by the city of Hammond)

    Sportsplex Groundbreaking Keeps Hammond Hot Streak

    A groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the $17 million Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center marks additional progress on what has been a series of economic development wins in the Lake County city. Plans for the facility, located on the former Woodmar Mall property, include six basketball courts, a dozen volleyball courts and two regulation-sized indoor soccer fields. During a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Mayor Tom McDermott said...

  • Forest River Inc. is headquartered in Elkhart.

    Manufacturer Expanding in Noble County

    Elkhart-based Forest River Inc. is planning to locate to an empty, 118,000 square-foot warehouse in the city’s industrial park. The company plans to create some 130 jobs by the end of the year. The positions could start between $15 and $18 per hour and could eventually rise to $40 per hour. The total investment has not been disclosed.

  • President: Relocating University Campus to Indiana 'a No-Brainer'

    Horizon University President Bill Goodrich calls the decision to relocate the small, Christian school campus from San Diego to Indianapolis "a no-brainer." The college, which also offers courses online, was launched in 1993 and received accreditation from the Association of Biblical Higher Education in 2013. Goodrich says moving the university to the Horizon Christian Fellowship property will bring it closer to the existing K-12 and Bible College options based here.

  • (photo courtesy STANLEY Security)

    STANLEY Opens New Fishers HQ

    More than a year after breaking ground, Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE: SWK) has opened its new $16 million STANLEY Security North American headquarters in Fishers. The 80,000 square-foot facility houses 350 employees, who were brought in from various locations throughout the Indianapolis metro area. The company says the new headquarters will become a showcase for its latest security products and services.

  • Hundreds of students will take part in events surrounding the IWIT Championship.

    Tee Time Approaches For Women in Tech

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  • (Image courtesy of WISH-TV)

    David Barras to Sign-Off in Indy

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  • 'Papa John' Brings Boost to Fieldhouse Campaign

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  • Devour Indy also features special rates on hotels and attractions in the city.

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  • The school says the research will give science educators "a framework of tools for instruction."

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  • Gen Con Fueling Local Coffee Business

    If you ask any Gen Con attendee what the second most important thing is this week their answer will more than likely be coffee.  Located directly across the street from the Convention Center, Bee Coffee Roasters has been open around the clock since Thursday, taking advantage of the more than 60,000 people in downtown Indianapolis celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gen Con. "Gamers have to get their caffeine fix," said Bee Coffee Roasters President BJ Davis....

  • Bennett is completing his third term in office.

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  • Blue Gate Hospitality hosts more than half of a million visitors every year.

    Indiana Awards State's Highest Tourism Honor

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  • Freddy's also has Indiana locations in Evansville and Columbus.

    Burger Chain Grows in Central Indiana

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  • The lineup includes Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann.

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  • AWS Foundation Awards Over $500K In Grants

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  • (Image of Campus Crossroads construction courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.)

    Campus Crossroads Bringing Nonprofit Opportunities

    The University of Notre Dame says its $400 million Campus Crossroads project will reap benefits for local nonprofit organizations. The school says the stadium enhancements will increase opportunities for organizations to earn money by volunteering at concession stands during football games. The university says nonprofits have earned nearly $1.7 million over the past five years working at concession stands during home football games.

  • Ivy Tech partners with multiple companies and organizations on the Achieve Your Degree program.

    Ivy Tech, Damar Partner to 'Achieve Your Degree'

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  • Buttigieg says the plan is a response to community feedback.

    South Bend Details Historic Parks Investment

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  • The school plans to begin construction in May 2018 and expects the project to be complete in Fall 2019.

    Vectren Donation to Power UE Project

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  • The job fair is set for Thursday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Haughville Branch Library.

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  • (Image courtesy of Cummins Inc.)

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  • The more than 170-bed addition is expected to open in August 2018.

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  • The initiative is the result of a year-long strategic planning process and runs through 2022.

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  • The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute is located in the 16 Tech Biotechnology Research & Training Center.

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  • Since launching the $2.5 billion fundraising campaign in 2012, IU says more than 266,000 donors have contributed.

    IU Bicentennial Campaign Topping Goals

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  • The hall includes lounge spaces, a computer lab, laundry room and semi-private bathrooms.

    $40M Ball State Residence Hall Ready For Students

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  • (Image of Campus Crossroads construction courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.)

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  • The grand opening is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on October 11.

    IKEA Sets Opening Date

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  • The honorees will be celebrated at an event September 7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    TechPoint Announces 'Tech 25'

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  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park covers 800 acres.

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