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    Indy Alters Plans for Downtown Hotels

    The city of Indianapolis has announced plans to change the framework for a major project in downtown Indy that has sparked controversy. The $120 million project, announced in October 2018, calls for an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and two new hotels at Pan Am Plaza, which would add about 1,400 rooms. The project has drawn criticism from a group of hoteliers, who have expressed concern of a potential oversaturation in downtown Indy. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett issued...

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    Leadership Institute Moves to Purdue Northwest

    An organization created in northwest Indiana to help grow and train new leaders is undergoing major changes as it refocuses its mission. The Leadership Institute is now an official center within Purdue Northwest. The organization was previously known as the South Shore Leadership Center and was run as a non-profit organization. The center’s mission is to train emerging leaders to become stronger advocates for their communities in the seven counties of northwest Indiana. The...

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    Batesville Tool & Die Launches Corporate Automation Team

    A Batesville-based metal stamping company is keeping its eyes to the future as it competes in the global marketplace. Batesville Tool & Die announced the creation of a corporate automation team. BTD says the group will look for and implement new technologies used in the manufacturing industry. “BTD knows it’s important that we continue to advance and innovate to remain competitive in the automotive industry. This commitment to automation will help us...

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    Vincennes University to Kick Off National Conference

    Vincennes University is hosting a national conference for individuals who are recruiting and developing the next generation of advanced manufacturing technical talent. The 2019 FAME AMT Academy will run from Monday-Aug. 2 and offer programming on the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education Advanced Manufacturing Technician program. 

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    Eastern Indiana Works Receives $1.5M Grant

    Eastern Indiana Works, Inc. has received a National Health Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. This grant award is for $1.5 million over three years and will serve eligible participants directly impacted by the opioid addiction crisis.  

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    Strong Q2 Earnings for 1st Source Bank

    1st Source Corp. (Nasdaq: SRCE) has reported results for the second fiscal quarter of 2019. The South Bend-based company reported a record-high net income of $23.39 million compared to $21.96 million reported in the second quarter a year ago. That’s an improvement of 6.47%. The bank attributes the positive numbers due to higher loan rates and higher average loan and lease balances. “We are pleased with our record net income in the second quarter as 1st Source Corporation ...

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    'Banner Year' for Butler Fundraising

    Butler University is celebrating what it calls a ‘banner year’ for its fundraising efforts. As Fiscal Year 2019 ended, the university had received $41.4 million from 15,823 donors. Butler says it was the second-highest fundraising total over the past decade. “This level of generosity demonstrates the incredible loyalty of our alumni, faculty, staff, and community, and the commitment we share to advancing Butler’s mission of providing the highest quality liberal...

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    Opioid Deaths in Marion County Drop

    New data from the IU Public Policy Institute’s Center for Health and Justice Research shows a drop in the number of accidental overdose deaths in Marion County, including those that were opioid-related.  Despite that decline, opioids were still present in 78 percent of the county’s 361 overdose deaths in 2018.  

  • Columbia City Holiday Inn Express to Host Ribbon Cutting

    Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hotels has opened in Columbia City and will host a ribbon cutting Monday. Holiday Inn invested $4 million to build the new hotel and created 15 jobs in Whitley County. 

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    Techshot Equipment Ready for Launch

    If all “systems are go” Monday, SpaceX mission CRS-18 will lift off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with research technology developed in Indiana. Greenville-based Techshot Inc. provided NASA with the Multi-use Variable-gravity Platform (MVP) to conduct a series of experiments. The flight was originally scheduled for Sunday.

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    Junior Achievement to Host Young Entrepreneur Marketplace

    Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana will tomorrow host its Young Entrepreneur Marketplace event. More than 40 young people will sell their goods and services from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Freimann Square in Fort Wayne. 

  • Infosys Continues Pathfinders Institute in Bloomington

    Educators from throughout the country have been in Bloomington this week for professional development in computer science. Infosys Foundation USA, the nonprofit arm of India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY), says its second annual Pathfinders Summer Institute on the Indiana University campus is part of an ongoing effort to boost computer science education in schools nationwide. More than 400 teachers have spent the week in Bloomington and Infosys President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer...

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    Hosts Turn Podcast Into Business

    It's easy to find podcasts on nearly any topic these days, however the creators behind one Indianapolis-based podcast have found a way to turn their hobby into a viable business. The Drink Culture Podcast, which spotlights entrepreneurs, though leaders and creators in Indy, is celebrating a special declaration by the city.

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    June Unemployment Drops

    Indiana's unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in June. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state also gained 6,800 private sector jobs last month. Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Indiana's labor force saw a net decrease of more than nearly 10,126 over the previous month. 

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    Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

    Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. Last month, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. This week, we spotlight five more finalists about what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company a series of questions about company culture...
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    Noblesville Details Infrastructure Improvement Projects

    The city of Noblesville announced plans for a major infrastructure partnership with the Indiana Department of Transportation that includes five new roundabout intersections. The $16 million total cost of the project will be split with INDOT covering $9.5 million.

  • South Bend to Host '24 HOURS of Code' Event

    The IT Sector Partnership, South Bend Code School and the South Bend Regional Chamber have announced a 24 HOURS of Code event, which kicks off at noon today. The event offers hourly classes across the South Bend-Elkhart region to learn the basics of code.

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    Purdue Launches Initiative to Develop Earth-Moon Economy

    Purdue University Thursday announced its Cislunar Initiative to advance the space-based economy through collaboration. The program aims to take a leadership role in accessing the cislunar space, a term for the region encompassing Earth and the moon.  

  • Old National Awards $500K to Ivy Tech

    The Old National Bank Foundation has awarded Ivy Tech Community College a $500,000 grant to be shared across several Indiana communities over five years. The funding will support dual credit programs and help facilitate the transition from high school to higher learning. 

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    New York Company to Acquire MainGate

    Indianapolis-based MainGate LLC will soon be under new ownership. New York-based Legends has announced plans to acquire the event retail and merchandise company, though financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.  MainGate provides custom merchandise marketing services through event retail, team stores and e-commerce platforms. Legends says MainGate will integrate into its hospitality experience division, led by President Dan Smith. The company says it will use the...

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    Inaugural Conference to Focus on Diversity, Inclusion

    A two-day conference kicking off Friday is designed to promote a more diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem in central Indiana. InnoPower Conference Co-founder Jamal Smith says the goal of the event is to create a platform to give everyone a seat at the table to bring their innovative thoughts and energy and create the access that traditionally hasn't existed. The event will feature a variety of local and national speakers, as well as a pitch competition and the InnoPower...

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    Holiday Hiring Already Underway

    With 90+ degree days right now it may be difficult to imagine the cooler temperatures of fall and winter. But area companies are already gearing up their seasonal hiring efforts. Adecco staffing agency is hosting a job fair to fill 225 entry-level positions for a warehouse in Brownsburg. 

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    Kokomo Business Pitch Competition Awards $10,000

    Business pitch competition awards $10,000 seed money The Drive, a business pitch competition presented by The Shared Drive, awarded a total of $10,000 in seed money to three local entrepreneurs last week. The winning business plans included software development, solar power storage and door locking systems for schools. 

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    New Leadership for Skilled Trades Coalition

    A coalition of Allen County educators and businesses which wants to highlight career opportunities for young people in skilled trades is getting a new name and new management. But its mission remains the same. Previously known as the Gateway Coalition, it’s now called the MadeByMe Coalition. As part of the transition, Greater Fort Wayne Inc, that areas’ chamber of commerce, now runs the operation. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, GFW Chief Executive Officer...

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    Elanco Finishes Deal on Pet Therapeutics Purchase

    Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health Inc.(NYSE: ELAN) completed its purchase Thursday of Aratana Therapeutics (Nasdaq: PETX), a pet therapeutics company located near Kansas City. As Inside INdiana Business first reported Tuesday Aratana shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the $245 million deal. 

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    Former MLB Pitcher Receives Tech Investment

    The Community Ideation Fund, part of Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures, has invested in a former Major League Baseball pitcher and his concept of using big data to train baseball and softball pitchers. Although financial details were not disclosed, Steve Stemle says he aims to learn how to charge fees for using his software, a strategy known as Software-as-a-Service.

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    OrthoIndy Clinic to Open in Greenwood, Add Jobs

    OrthoIndy has announced plans to open a new urgent care and physical therapy facility in Greenwood.The company says up to 20 jobs will be created when the facility opens in September. 

  • Purdue Hosting Apollo Anniversary Events

    Purdue University is hosting a series of events today through Saturday to commemorate when Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon July 20, 1969.  The events include an airing of “Armstrong,” a space author meet and greet, food vendors and K-12 STEM activities. 

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    Medical Company Moving into Miami County Shell Building

    Hilo Property Development has announced plans to purchase a Miami county-owned shell building. The Kokomo Tribune reports more than $44 million in will be invested into the facility to house a medical manufacturing company that officials say will employ around 40 people. The company hasn't been named yet, but it is reported that operation could start in November. The move follows approval from the Miami County council of $2.75 million in funding to build the shell building ...

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    Study: Indy Tech Salaries Higher Than Other Professions

    A new report shows tech salaries in the Indianapolis metropolitan area far outweigh those in other sectors. The study from Business.org says the area has an average tech salary of just over $82,000, compared to an average salary of more than $49,000 for all other occupations. The website used the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 100 metropolitan statistical areas. The Indy area's average tech salary for 2018 is a nearly 3 percent increase over the...

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    Groundbreaking for Clarksville Mixed-Use Project

    The first ceremonial shovel of dirt for Clarksville’s first new apartment complex in 30 years will be thrown Thursday morning. The project will be the first newly constructed, mixed-use multifamily development in this town since 1989. 

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    Purdue Among 'Top Colleges That Pay Off'

    With the ever-increasing cost of higher education, college students and their parents want to ensure they’re getting a good value for that diploma. A new report from CNBC seems to indicate that students who choose Purdue University will indeed get a return on their investment, especially those who choose engineering. 

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    Ribbon Cutting Set for Fort Wayne's Newest Hotel

    Fort Wayne city officials hope a new 136-room hotel overlooking the city’s minor league ballpark will be a big hit for the economy. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday morning at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. Merrillville-based developer White Lodging Services Inc. built the hotel adjacent to Parkview Field and the Grand Wayne Convention Center. 

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    $3M Federal Grant to Benefit Industrial Park

    Floyd County is getting a major economic boost from the U.S. Department of Commerce in the form of a $3 million grant. The money is earmarked for roadway infrastructure improvements needed for Floyd County Tech Park. 

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    Ground Broken on Lutheran Downtown

    Fort Wayne-based Lutheran Health Network is celebrating the beginning of construction for its new hospital in the city's downtown. The $120 million Lutheran Downtown Hospital is expected to be complete in late 2021.

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    Rough Growing Season Continues in Indiana

    The latest data from USDA shows Indiana’s major grain crops are struggling in the field. As of Monday, the weekly condition rating shows 39 percent of the corn crop is good-to-excellent. According to USDA only two years in the past three decades have had a worse start – 1988 and 2012. During both of those years, drought conditions covered much of the Midwest, but this year heavy and persistent rainfall delayed spring planting. 

  • Muncie Official, Business Owner Indicted for Fraud

    The district administrator for the Muncie Sanitary District and a Muncie business owner have been indicted on multiple charges, including wire fraud. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler's office says Debra Nicole Grigsby and Tony Franklin were allegedly involved in a kickback scheme involving contracts for infrastructure projects.

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    Purdue Rolls Out 'Road Map' for Undergraduate Learning

    A Purdue University Board of Trustees committee has released what it calls “a new road map” for the future of undergraduate education at Purdue. The university says the road map is a framework for taking teaching and learning "to new levels of excellence" over the next decade.

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    Indy Tech Company Continues to Grow

    Indianapolis-based software company Kerauno continues to expand its portfolio. The company just announced the purchase of another Indianapolis software company, Inverse-Square. 

  • Vera Bradley Completes Acquisition of Pura Vida

    Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley Inc. (Nasdaq: VRA) has completed its acquisition of a 75 percent interest in Creative Genius Inc., which also operates under the name Pura Vida Bracelets. Pura Vida will operate as a subsidiary of Vera Bradley from its current headquarters in La Jolla, California. 

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    New CEO: IN3 Brings 'Disruptive' Approach

    The new chief executive officer of the Indiana Innovation Institute says he's excited to lead a "disruptive approach" to solving problems in the national security space. Steve Kelly, who will begin his new role at the end of the month, says one of the main factors that attracted him to the job was the strong support by state and local leadership for the work being done at IN3. IN3 is an applied research institute that helps facilitate and manage collaborative research...

  • Fort Wayne Company Acquires Chicago Insurance Firm

    Fort Wayne-based DOXA Insurance Holdings LLC has acquired an insurance firm headquartered in downtown Chicago. Financial terms of the deal for Financial Risk Solutions Inc., which specializes in commercial HVAC service contract and product warranty insurance, are not being disclosed.

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    Indiana Innovation Institute Names New CEO

    The Indiana Innovation Institute has named Stephen Kelly its new president and chief executive officer. Kelly will succeed General Gene Renuart, who has served as chairman and CEO since 2017. He will begin his new role July 29, while Renuart will remain as the chairman of the IN3 Board of Directors. Most recently, Kelly served as a principal for Sugar River Technology Associates in Vermont. He also served as corporate vice president and president of roles at...

  • Indianapolis Among ‘Top 20 Cities for Young Home Buyers’

    Indianapolis has earned a spot on homebuying blog Clever’s “Top 20 Cities for Young Homebuyers List.”  The Hoosier city ranked 15 on the list, beating out cities in North Carolina, New York and Tennessee.  

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    Elanco Acquisition Moves Forward

    Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health Inc. (NYSE: ELAN) is one step closer to adding to its portfolio. Shareholders of Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PETX), voted overwhelmingly in favor of proposed $245 million purchase by Elanco.

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    Indy Logistics Company Expanding Headquarters

    Indianapolis-based TOC Logistics International, a global logistics management organization, has announced plans to grow its headquarters. The company says the expansion will create up to 87 new jobs by the end of 2023. The company is investing more than $1.8 million to expand its headquarters and meet demand from its growing client base. TOC Logistics says it will move to its new, 12,000-square-foot office this fall, doubling its current footprint in Indy.

  • Fort Wayne's North River Site Lands Brownfield Grants

    The Indiana Brownfields Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have approved more than $283,000 in grants for the removal of 2,400 tons of potentially contaminated soils on the former OmniSource North River site in Fort Wayne.

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    Indiana Port to Host U.S. Navy Vessel Ceremony

    Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to Host First Commissioning Ceremony in Indiana for a U.S. Navy Vessel Littoral Combat Ship Will Bear USS Indianapolis Name The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor will host Indiana’s first U.S. Navy vessel commissioning ceremony when it commissions the USS Indianapolis littoral combat ship. 

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    Ball Brothers Foundation Awards $250K

    The Ball Brothers Foundation has awarded grants totaling $250,000 to Ball State University, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Ivy Tech Community College and the Sustainable Muncie Corporation. The funding will support programming inside MadJax, a more than 80,000-square-foot “maker space” in downtown Muncie.

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    Purdue Startup Awarded $275K for AR STEM Initiative

    Purdue University-affiliated startup Explore Interactive has received a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Science Foundation and a $50,000 grant from Elevate Ventures. The funding will support the organization's goal of developing an augmented reality platform to encourage students to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • New Mixed-Use Development Planned for Fishers

    A new mixed-use development is coming to Fishers. Thompson Thrift Retail Group has announced the development of The Station, an office building that is part of an overall project that includes a 150-room hotel, a future retail pad along 116th Street and nearly 40 3-story townhomes.

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    Internationally-Known Artists to Paint Greencastle Mural

    Key Detail, an internationally known mural artist, has been selected to create one of Indiana’s largest murals on four large grain silos at the corner of Veterans Memorial Highway and U.S. 231 in Greencastle. The Putnam County Mural Project received more than 70 applications from muralists worldwide for the project, which is a canvas of up to 8,000-square-feet and a primary gateway for Greencastle.  

  • Elevate Ventures Launches Pitch Competition Program

    Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures has launched a pitch competition program targeting entrepreneurs and higher education institutions throughout the state. The organization says the goal of Elevate Nexus is to "nurture Indiana companies and jobs of tomorrow." Led by Jacob Schpok, entrepreneur-in-residence and executive director of university initiatives, Elevate Nexus will organize pitch competitions and guide colleges and universities with best practices as they work...

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    IU Launches Financial Wellness Alliance

    Seven out of ten college students are less confident about their ability to pay off their student debt. That figure is one reason why Indiana University has initiated a Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance. 

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    Jeffersonville Being Considered for CBD Plant

    California-based Layn USA could soon establish operations in southern Indiana. One Southern Indiana, the economic development organization and chamber of commerce for Clark and Floyd counties, says the company has signed a purchase and sales agreement with the River Ridge Development Authority for a proposed $52 million CBD manufacturing facility. The project, the company says, would have the capacity to process a minimum of 5,000 tons of hemp biomass each year. As part of the...

  • Notre Dame to Host Career Fair

    The University of Notre Dame will host a career fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Monogram Room at the Joyce Center at Notre Dame. Hiring decisions will be made immediatly for more than 50 full-time, part-time and temporary service industry positions.

  • Hendricks County Bank to Open New HQ

    The Hendricks County Bank and Trust Company will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new headquarters Tuesday. The new Corporate Office and Banking Center building was constructed on the same site as the Main Office location which was built in the early 1960s. 

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    New Gary Casino to Carry 'Hard Rock' Brand

    Spectacle Entertainment has announced that it signed a joint venture agreement with Hard Rock International to adapt the Hard Rock brand, theme and attitude to the casino set to open in Gary. Our partners at the Times of Northwest Indiana report under the agreement, Hard Rock will manage the Gary casino on Spectacle's behalf. 

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    GetGo Calling Hoosiers to Break World Record

    Giant Eagle’s GetGo will Tuesday host a “Make It to Break It” event in an attempt to win the Guniness  World Record title for “Most People Making Sandwiches Simultaneously.” The event runs from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. ...

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    Hub & Spoke to Break Ground

    Hub & Spoke will break ground tomorrow in downtown Fishers, on a site adjacent to the upcoming Nickel Plate Trail. Remarks will begin at 3 pm, followed by a celebration catered by Four Day Ray Brewing. 

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    MXD Process Considering Return to Jeffersonville

    Kentucky-based MXD Process, a manufacturing company founded in Jeffersonville, may return to the city. The company says it is considering leasing a new facility, an $1.8 million project contingent on the Jeffersonville City Council’s approval of incentives, that could to create 40 new jobs. MXD Process, formerly Mixer Direct, is a manufacturer of industrial mixers, stainless steel tanks and batch control systems that automate mixing operations...

  • Sweetener Supply Expanding to White County

    Illinois-based Sweetener Supply Corp. has announced plans to establish operations in White County. The company, which manufactures food ingredients such as sugars, corn sweeteners and honey, says it will invest $20 million to construct a 150,000-square-foot building in the Mid-America Commerce Park.

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    South Bend Airport to Celebrate Station Opening

    South Bend International Airport and U.S. Customs & Border Protection will Tuesday celebrate the Federal Inspection Station opening. Representatives from the airport say the event will feature a special announcement and the first arriving aircraft. 

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    Hirons Adding Chicago Office

    An Indianapolis-based communications agency is expanding its presence in the Midwest. Hirons, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, is opening an office in Chicago as part of what it says is a strategy to "build upon its successful work in Indiana and continue growing its roster of out-of-state clients."

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    Hoosier Restaurateur Makes InStyle's 'Badass 50' List

    A Hoosier restaurateur has been recognized in InStyle Magazine’s recently released third edition Badass Women issue. The issue includes a bi-annual Badass 50 feature which spotlights dedicated women from the spheres of science, social justice, law, entertainment, politics, and other industries.

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    Thr3e Wise Men Broad Ripple Site Heading to Auction

    The site of the former Thr3e Wise Men restaurant and brewery in Indianapolis' Broad Ripple neighborhood is going up for auction next month. Indianapolis-based Key Auctioneers says the auction will include the facility's 30-barrel brewing system, restaurant and bar equipment, and three-way liquor license. The property is set for both an on-site and online auction August 1.

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    DroneDek Aims to Create 'Mailbox of the Future'

    An Indianapolis-based entrepreneur is looking to bring the "mailbox of the future" to residents. DroneDek aims to make drone package delivery a reality through the combination of a landing pad mailbox and a smartphone app. Chief Executive Officer Dan O'Toole says he came up with the idea for DroneDek while driving on a rural Indiana road, seeing a drone flying by and wondering where packages being delivered by drones would end up. He filed for a patent within a week, which...

  • Skip Barber Racing School Coming to IMS

    The Skip Barber Racing School is coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time October 8-18. The school will offering three levels of instruction for aspiring race car drivers or those just looking to  advance their skills. 

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    Business Leaders Form PAC for Vigo County Casino

    Business leaders in Vigo County have formed a political action committee in support of a referendum for a new casino. The Advance West Central Indiana PAC says its "Vote Yes" campaign aims to show voters the benefits a casino would bring to the county.

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    Kronos Named 'Best Workplace for Millennials'

    Kronos Incorporated today announced that Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work have named the company a Best Workplace for Millennials for the second year in a row, with Kronos

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    Purdue Fort Wayne Acquires Land for South Campus

    Purdue University Fort Wayne has officially closed on a three-story, 77,000-square-foot building and approximately 13 acres of land. The university paid $3.8 million for the property, which could become the new home for the Richard T. Doermer School of Business.

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    State Requests Agricultural Disaster Assistance

    The state of Indiana is requesting a disaster designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 88 counties. The request is due to losses caused by flooding and excessive rain this season.

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    Whiteland to Break Ground on Business Park

    Jones Development and the Town of Whiteland will be breaking ground on the Whiteland Exchange which will be located on a 167-acre land site at the intersection of I-65 and Whiteland Road in Whiteland.

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    Indy Airport Among 'World's Best Domestic Airports'

    Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Indianapolis International Airport one of readers' favorite domestic airports in the world. The airport landed the second spot on the magazine’s 2019 World’s Best Awards. .

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    Holcomb Announces Re-Election Bid

    Governor Eric Holcomb has officially announced his bid for re-election. The governor, along with First Lady Janet Holcomb, made the announcement Saturday at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown.

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    SF Motors Puts the Brakes on Mishawaka Plans

    California-based SF Motors has halted plans for a manufacturing hub in Mishawaka. The South Bend Tribune reports instead of assembling electric vehicles in Mishawaka the company plans to refocus its American arm on “electric powertrain products and services and contract manufacturing opportunities” at the plant. The company’s new chief executive officer, James Taylor, also announced layoffs within the company in a letter read to employees at its...

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    Holcomb to Make 'Major Announcement'

    Governor Eric Holcomb is set to make what is being called a "major announcement" Saturday at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. The specifics of the announcement have not been released, however there is heavy speculation that the governor will announce his bid for re-election.

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    Crouch: Trade Mission Strengthens Mexico Relationship

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says a recent trade mission to Mexico aimed to show that Indiana is open for business. Crouch led a delegation of Indiana agriculture and tourism officials to Mexico this week, which was highlighted by the signing of a letter of intent between Indiana and the Mexican state of Hidalgo. The letter calls for enhanced cooperation between the two states in areas including agriculture, education, and science and technology. In an interview with...

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    Two-EE's Winery to Adopt New Age Policy

    Two-EE's Winery in Huntington has announced it will adopt a new age policy begining in August. Our partners at WPTA-TV report the winery will no longer allow people aged under 21 to visit the establishment due to ongoing problems with unsupervised or misbehaving children. 

  • Powderkeg Tech Culture Awards Spotlight

    Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg will present the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards in September. Last month, 50 Hoosier tech companies were named finalists for the awards, which include categories such as Overall Culture, Emerging Culture and Social Impact. In the first of a weekly series leading up to the award ceremony, we spotlight five finalists and what culture means to their companies. We asked representatives from each tech company...

  • Rebranding Brings Blood Center Into Larger Network

    After more than six decades, the Indiana Blood Center has received a new name and is part of a larger Midwest network. Now known as Versiti Blood Center of Indiana, the nonprofit says it will continue to serve the community as it always have. Chris Miskel, chief executive officer of Versiti, says the Indiana chapter will also feed into the organization's larger blood research efforts. In an interview with Business of Health Reporter Kylie Veleta, Miskel said being part of a larger...

  • As State Surplus Rises, Holcomb Seeks Investments

    Governor Eric Holcomb is proposing major investments following the state’s fiscal-year revenue report. Indiana Auditor Tera Klutz released the 2019 fiscal year close-out report Thursday, which says the state ended the fiscal year with a budget surplus of $410 million, which exceeded projections by more than $267 million. As a result, Governor Holcomb says he is recommending the use of nearly $300 million from the state’s reserves to pay for several one-time...

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    Lassus to Hold Ribbon Cutting in Fort Wayne

    Officials in Fort Wayne will Friday cut the ribbon on a $2 million expansion project. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. says the investment from Lassus Brothers Oil will result in the addition of 15 jobs.  

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    Hillenbrand Announces $2B Acquisition

    Batesville-based Hillenbrand Inc. (NYSE: HI) has announced plans for a major acquisition. The manufacturer has entered into an agreement to acquire Cincinnati-based Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE: MCRN) in a $2 billion cash and stock deal. The acquisition has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Milacron manufactures, distributes and services systems in the plastics technology and processing industry. Hillenbrand says the acquisition will enhance...

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    Study: College Completion Rates Continue to Rise

    A new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education says the percentage of students graduating from public colleges throughout the state is on the rise. The 2019 College Completion Report says more than 40 percent of students graduated on-time, up 2 percent from the previous year and nearly 13 percent over the last five years.

  • Duke Energy to Build Solar Plant at Discovery Park

    Duke Energy has announced plans to build a 1.6-megawatt solar power plant in Discovery Park District near Purdue University. Financial details of the project were not immediately available, however Purdue says the utility will lease about 10 acres south of the Purdue Technology Center Aerospace building for the Tippecanoe County Solar Power Plant. 

  • Beck’s Expands Research and Distribution to Minnesota

    A family-owned retail seed company based in Atlanta, Indiana is expanding its footprint to Minnesota. Beck's Hybrids has purchased a new 44,000-square-foot facility to house corn breeding and research, sales support and warehousing.

  • Kimball International Names Kimball Brand President

    Kimball International Announces President of Kimball Brand Jasper-based Kimball International Inc. (NASDAQ:KBAL) has named Phyllis Goetz president of its Kimball brand business unit, vice president of the company, and member of its executive leadership Team.  

  • Elanco is headquartered in Greenfield.

    Report: Elanco, Bayer in Merger Talks

    Just four months after finalizing its split with Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY), Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health Inc. (NYSE: ELAN) is reportedly in talks with Germany-based Bayer over a possible merger with its animal health division. According to Reuters news service, the two companies are working with banks to ensure any merger would receive regulatory approval. Elanco was part of Lilly for six decades until it was spun off into an independent public company last fall.

  • Emmis Announces First Quarter Earnings

    Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: EMMS) is reporting fiscal first quarter net income of $1.7 million, compared to $23.5 million during the same period last year. The company says radio net revenues were flat for the quarter.

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

    Henry Proposes Funding for Quality of Life Programs

    Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has announced an initiative to improve neighborhoods and boost quality of life in the city. The proposed programming would be funded by additional revenues collected by the state through income taxes, a total of $3.86 million over the expected budget. 

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    Nix Companies Adds to Portfolio

    Poseyville-based Nix Companies Inc. has acquired a fabrication company in Gibson County. Financial terms of the deal for Princeton-based Heritage Custom Fabricators Inc. are not being disclosed, however the company will continue to operate as an independent division of Nix Companies.

  • Gordon won the Brickyard 400 in 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2014. (photo courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

    Indiana Sports Corp Names Pathfinder Recipients

    Indiana Sports Corp will present the 2019 National Pathfinder Award to four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon. Cindy Simon Skjodt will be honored alongside Gordon as the Indiana Pathfinder Recipient.  

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    Purdue Touts Record Year for Research Funding

    Purdue University produced more than a half billion dollars in research funding for fiscal year 2019, easily making it another record year. The $520.6 million generated in 2019 shatters last year’s record of $454.5 million, marking the fifth consecutive year the university has established record funding. 

  • Amazon has several locations throughout the state.

    Amazon Launches Workforce Training Initiative

    Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has announced an initiative to upskill 100,000 of its employees nationwide. The company, which has a large presence in Indiana, says it will invest more than $700 million to provide training programs for employees across its entire network to help them move into more highly-skilled roles inside or outside of Amazon.

  • The utility's Indiana headquarters is in Plainfield.

    Duke Energy Awards $100K for Workforce Initiatives

    Duke Energy has awarded grants totaling more than $100,000 to six Hoosier organizations. The funding will support workforce development and science, technology, engineering and math education programs.

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    Trask Awards $150K to Advance Purdue Innovations

    Four Purdue University researchers have received a total of $150,086 from the Trask Innovation Fund to help their labs commercialize their innovations.

  • Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

    Indianapolis Cultural Trail Hits 'Keep Ann Dancing' Goal

    Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. has announced its campaign to “Keep Ann Dancing” has been a success. The nonprofit organization says it will be able to replace Ann Dancing by Julian Opie with new technology and hardware and establish an Ann Dancing maintenance fund for the electronic art work piece on Mass Ave. 

  • A Topping Off Ceremony Takes Place Thursday Morning on the First Structure at 16 Tech

    'Topping Out' Set for 16 Tech Anchor

    Crane operators will hoist and construction workers will weld Thursday the final steel beam into place atop the Innovation 1 building, the first new structure at 16 Tech. The ceremonial event marks a key milestone for the urban innovation district in Indianapolis. The 10-foot-long beam was autographed by hundreds of people, including scientists, tech leaders and residents from nearby neighborhoods. 

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    Microsoft Rural Broadband Effort Getting Underway

    An effort by Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) to expand rural broadband access in Indiana is moving forward. The company says it has tapped Ohio-based Watch Communications to begin the development process to connect communities in 50 Indiana counties to high-speed internet. The partnership is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative, which the company in December announced was being expanded to several states, including Indiana. The agreement with Watch Communications will also benefit...
  • FLANDERS repairs large electric engines for customers in the mining industy.

    FLANDERS Partners with Tech Company

    Technology company relayr has entered into what it calls a strategic partnership with Evansville-based FLANDERS. The companies have partnered to develop remotely monitored intelligent solutions technology.  

  • Atlas World Group Acquires Pennsylvania Company

    Evansville-based Atlas World Group Inc has acquired Pennsylvania-based Champion International Moving, Ltd. Atlas says the deal marks the largest acquisition in company history. 

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    Paralympic Qualifier Adding to Fort Wayne's Reputation

    The chief executive officer of Visit Fort Wayne says weeklong qualifying event for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo is adding to the city's reputation for hosting adaptive sports events. Fort Wayne-based Turnstone Center co-hosted the 2019 IBSA Goalball & Judo International Qualifier, marking the first time the qualifier has been held in the United States. Dan O'Connell says the event has served as a showcase for the city as it strives to be a national leader for adaptive sports...

  • NSF Grant Will Support DePauw-Japan Research

    DePauw University has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for nearly $287, 000 to partner with researchers on a study at Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan. The collaborative project is called "IRES Track One: Involving Undergraduates in Research on Design and Cross-Cultural Perceptions of Cuteness in Robotic Gadgets." 

  • Photo courtesy of Hinds Career Center

    Elwood Requests $1M for Robotics Center

    A proposed robotics program in Elwood hopes to receive funding in August. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report attorney Michael Farrer requested the $1 million in economic development revenues from a wind farm project in Madison County be allocated to the robotics training program at the Hinds Career Center. 

  • Purdue Reports Record Invention Disclosures, Startups

    Purdue announces record-breaking invention disclosures, startups, other strong commercialization activities for fiscal year 2019 Purdue University is reporting a record-breaking year in the number of innovations filed through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. 

  • Former Health Commissioner Enters Governor's Race

    A former Indiana State Health Commissioner has announced plans to run for the Democratic nomination for governor of Indiana. Dr. Woody Myers made the announcement Wednesday in Indianapolis alongside former Congressman Baron Hill, who is serving as his campaign chairman. Myers became the youngest state health commissioner in Indiana history in 1985, serving under both Governors Robert Orr and Evan Bayh. He currently owns Myers Ventures LLC, a consulting firm for...

  • Women & Hi Tech Names New Board

    Indianapolis-based Women & Hi Tech has announced its 2019 board of directors. The members represent a variety of companies throughout Indiana, including Salesforce, Eli Lilly and Co., and Cummins. 

  • The fund was first announced as part of Holcomb's Next Level Agenda. (Image courtesy of the state of Indiana.)

    Ribbon Cutting Set for $24M Highway Project

    INDOT Commissioner, Mayor, Local Officials to Cut Ribbon for U.S. 27/U.S. 40 improvements On Wednesday, July 10,  The Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow will join other state and local officials for a ribbon cutting celebration to mark completion of the $24 million reconstruction of U.S. 27/U.S. 40 in downtown Richmond. The project is part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Roads program. 

  • Sun King was founded in downtown Indianapolis in 2008.

    Sun King Scores Big At Open Beer Championships

    Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewery has been recognized at the U.S. Open Beer Championships. The brand was named Grand National Champion at the event and took the top spot on the organization's Top 10 Breweries list.  The judges select a winner and give out metals based on a blind taste test. The final round of judging was held at the Grandfather’s Barn in Oxford, Ohio. Sun King earned the title of Grand National Champion after winning three gold medals and thre...

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    White House to Honor Hoosier Scientists

    Five Hoosiers have been named recipients of the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to researchers beginning their independent careers who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. 

  • IndyGo Taps Transit Vet as New CEO

    The IndyGo Board of Directors has selected Inez Evans as the organization's next president and chief executive officer. Evans, who currently serves as chief operating officer for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in California, will begin her new role in mid-to-late August. She will succeed Michael Terry, who in January announced plans to step down from the position. IndyGo Board Chair Juan Gonzalez calls Evans "an ideal fit to lead the organization during a...

  • (Aerial image of storm damage in Kokomo courtesy of WTHR-TV)

    Hoosier Homeowners Warned About Tornado Repair Scams

    It’s been an active tornado season in Indiana this summer and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning against active home repair scammers. Hills says his office has received calls from worried homeowners who were approached by contractors offering a deal to fix storm-damaged homes. The A-G’s office says certain contractors will waive insurance deductibles for customers who hire them to make repairs. But the attorney general’s office says this is illegal und...

  • Ball State Moving to Former Angie’s List Campus

    Ball State University has signed a one-year renewable lease for a new site for its Ball State CAP: INDY program. The program will operate from the former Angie’s List campus on the Washington Street corridor beginning in August. 

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    Encamp Raises $1M in Additional Funding

    Indianapolis-based Environmental Health and Safety Compliance Cloud software platform Encamp, has announced the completion of a $1 million extended seed funding round. New participants in the round were High Alpha Capital and Allos Ventures, along with existing investor, Ade Olonoh.  

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    Dollar General to Hire 80 at LaPorte County Warehouse

    Dollar General says it will hire up to 80 permanent, full-time workers at a renovated warehouse in Westville. Our partners at The Northwest Times of Indiana report the Tennessee-based retailer will take over 60 percent of a 680,000-square-foot warehouse that has been abandoned since 2016. 

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    Purdue's Ever True Campaign Exceeds Fundraising Goal

    Ever True Campaign Exceeds Fundraising Goal Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University is officially the largest fundraising initiative in the university’s history. The campaign, launched in 2012 and publicly announced in 2015, generated $2.529 billion as of June 30, some 25% over its $2.019 billion goal.

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    Browning Chapman Relocating to Westfield

    Westfield Mayor Andy Cook and officials from specialty contracting firm Browning Chapman, LLC have announced the Indianapolis-based company will relocate its headquarters and warehousing facility to Westfield. The $4 million project is slated to create 110 new jobs. The Westfield City Council has granted an eight-year real property tax abatement for the new facility. The 67,000 square foot building will be located in Westfield’s Northpoint Business Park.

  • Indy Among Cities with 'Most Profitable Businesses'

    Lendingtree has released its list of the “top-ranking metros for profitable businesses.” Indianapolis took the third spot, behind Louisville, Kentucky and Seattle, Washington.  

  • Teacher Compensation Commission Launches Input Sessions

    Governor Eric Holcomb has announced the Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission will hold input sessions as part of his effort to make teacher pay competitive with surrounding states. Holcomb's office says the commission and advisory council, which includes education and business leaders, has been created to develop a plan to achieve competitive compensation for teachers. The commission will voice the recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly prior to...

  • Horizon League Unveils Logo, Hashtag for Championship

    The Horizon League has unveiled its logo and official hashtag  #ReachTheHorizon  for the 2020 Horizon League Basketball Championships. The 2020 championships will mark the first year that the Horizon League Basketball Championships will take place in Indianapolis at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. 

  • (Atrium image courtesy of Start Fort Wayne)

    Entrepreneurs to Compete in Pitch Competition

    Founders Spark, Start Fort Wayne and Venture Club of Indiana have partnered to create BLAZE, a regional pitch competition. Competitors will have a chance to win cash prizes and a spot at the Venture Club of Indiana’s 2019 Innovation Showcase on August 22 in Indianapolis.

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    New Albany Company to Break Ground on HQ

    New Albany-based Progressive Materials has announced it will Tuesday break ground on its new corporate headquarters. The company says it is currently the second-largest silicone coatings manufacturer in the country. 

  • Indiana University Biologist Lands $1.8M NIH Grant

    Indiana University biologist Irene Newton has been awarded $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health. The funding will support her research to analyze the biological mechanisms that allow a specific type of bacteria to infect and then inhibit insects from transmitting diseases. 

  • Ivy Tech Names Chief Technology Officer

    Ivy Tech Community College has named Thomas Riebe chief technology officer. Riebe previously served as associate vice president of information security and has held the role of  interim chief technology officer since January. 

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    IU Launches Cybersecurity Clinic

    Indiana University has announced a new IU Cybersecurity Clinic to address security threats faced by governments, businesses and individuals. The new clinic will serve as a hub for cyber training in the Midwest and the university says it will be the only one of its kind focused on local and state organizations.

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

    Hicks: National Jobs Report 'Solid'

    The country added 224,000 jobs last month and the national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6 percent. Ball State University Economist Michael Hicks calls the numbers "solid" but says there is still room for concern.

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    Purdue Gets License for First U.S Digital Nuclear Reactor

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has officially licensed Purdue University Reactor Number One as the first completely digital nuclear reactor instrumentation and control system in the country. The digital conversion of PUR-1 has been in progress since 2012.

  • Lake City Bank Invests $750K in Community Fund

    Lake City Bank Invests $750,000 in Community Investment Fund of Indiana Lake City Bank is investing $750,000 in the Community Investment Fund of Indiana. Lake City’s investment gives CIFI additional money to make loans to historically underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses that lack access to capital and do not qualify for bank loans.

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    Pike County Tech Center Lands New Funding

    The Pike County Economic Development Corp. says the proposed Entrepreneurship & Technology Center has secured a $2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration. When complete, the facility will feature a coworking space, makerspace and business incubator. Pike County EDC Executive Director Ashley Willis tells Inside INdiana Business the project had previously received 60/40 grant match from the EDA, however steel tariffs that went into effect in December led to the ...

  • Eva Mozes Kor received the Sachem Award from Governor Eric Holcomb in 2017.

    Eva Mozes Kor Remembered

    The CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute says details on public memorial services for Eva Mozes Kor will be released at a future date. Kor passed away July 4 in Poland during the annual CANDLES trip. The museum says it will reopen Tuesday and invites visitors to pay their respects to Kor.Kor and her family were taken in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp where she and her twin sister Miriam were subjected to experiments by...

  • The project broke ground earlier this month.

    The Annex Group Announces Kokomo Housing Complex

    The Annex Group, a student and affordable housing developer, has announced a multifamily housing development in Kokomo. The project will break ground this month and slated for completion in the summer of 2020. 

  • Holladay to Break Ground on The Illiana

    Holladay Properties will host a groundbreaking ceremony for The Illiana, a 41,000-square-foot development on July 8. The company says the five-story building will feature first floor commercial space and 32 two-bedroom/two-bath apartments. 

  • Grant to Fund IU Language Training Center

    The Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies has announced a grant to support the development of a Language Training Center program. The $970,000 gift will fund language, regional expertise and culture training for United States Department of Defense personnel. 

  • Trendiana: A Hoosier Grilling Guide

    We are in the midst of grilling season and as the 4th of July holiday weekend draws near, it is now possible to have a 100 percent Hoosier-sourced grill out. Indiana-based companies are producing a variety of meats and fixins such as mustard and pickles. In last month's Trendiana segment on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Yelp Midwest Regional Director Brittany Smith featured some Hoosier businesses people can look to in order to change up their summer grilling menu.

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    Building Permits Tick Down in May

    The Indiana Builders Association says single-family building permits throughout the state fell 1 percent in May, compared to the same month the previous year. IBA President Don Thieneman says the decrease could be due to weather constraints affecting the development of new lots and new home production.

  • House Speaker Brian Bosma is the chair of the Legislative Council.

    Bosma Releases Summer Study Committee Appointments

    House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has released the 2019 interim study committee appointments for members of the Indiana House of Representatives.  

  • IU Startup Works to Help Doctors ID Mental Health Issues

    A startup company based on science developed at Indiana University is working to enable precision medicine by commercializing the first objective tests for mental health issues.

  • Vincennes is Indiana's oldest university.

    Tuition Increases Included in New VU Budget

    The Vincennes University Board of Trustees has approved its budget for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. The more than $360 million budget includes tuition increases for both years and funding for various capital projects.

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    Logistics Company Growing in Allen County

    A transportation and logistics company based in Allen County has announced plans to expand. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Universal Dedicated of Fort Wayne will invest $25 million to build out about 10 acres in Roanoke that will serve as a holding yard to house transportation assets and dispatch operations offices. The company says the project will create up to 130 jobs by the end of 2020. The company says the site will help increase efficiencies in its regional...

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    Purdue Approves Housing Rate Changes in Fort Wayne

    The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved amended housing rates and room configurations for its Fort Wayne campus. The plan aims to provide up to 64 more beds and lower the per-student cost from $8,300 to $5,420 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Holcomb Makes Board Appointments

    Governor Eric Holcomb today announced several new appointments and reappointments to various state boards, commissions, and task forces. They include the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Land Resources Council and Indiana State Board of Education. 

  • Kelley School Launches Entrepreneurship Institute

    The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University has announced its new Institute for Entrepreneurship and Competitive Enterprise within the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. IU says funding for the institute’s launch came from a nearly $6 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation. The school says the institute will enhance the research and teaching mission of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the... 

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    Gary Airport Celebrates 50 International Flights

    Gary /Chicago International Airport Tuesday celebrated its 50th international flight, reaching a milestone for the recently-opened Customs and Border Patrol Facility. Since opening the facility last year, passengers have been able to fly into the airport from any destination without needing to stop elsewhere to clear customs.  

  • Duke Energy Indiana Submits Rate Increase Request

    Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana is seeking a rate increase from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. The utility says it is requesting to increase its annual revenue by $395 million, which will create an average rate increase of about 15 percent.  

  • (Image of Indianapolis Fruit facility courtesy of IF&P Foods LLC.)

    IF&P Foods Adds Chicago Company

    Indianapolis-based IF&P Foods says it has acquired Get Fresh Produce, a distributor of fresh produce, fresh-cut items and specialty products based in the Chicago area. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

  • Star Ratings Launched for IU Health Facilities

    Indiana University Health has begun providing online patient star ratings for its facilities statewide. The health system says initially, the new star ratings will cover about 450 facilities throughout its system but will eventually include all 600 locations. 

  • Kristin Craig

    Craig Begins Tenure at Terre Haute Chamber

    Kristin Craig began her official tenure as president of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce this week. Craig is the first woman to lead the Chamber as president.

  • Acosta made the announcement while touring facilities at Purdue.

    Purdue Lands Federal Grant for Cybersecurity Program

    During his visit to the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced a $12 million award to Purdue Polytechnic Institute. The funding will be used to develop a program to help fill what the university says is a growing need for cybersecurity professionals.

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    McDowell Details Kenzie Academy ISA Plan

    Apprenticeship and coding school Kenzie Academy is continuing to grow and is getting ready to start new cohorts in July and October. Former Speak Easy Executive Director Danielle McDowell has been named General Manager and explains how the academy is pioneering a new model for technology education. 

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    $86M Development Planned for Kokomo

    The developer of Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield is planning a new project in Kokomo. Henke Development Group is looking to invest $77 million to build a mixed-use development near U.S. 31 that would feature office, retail, restaurant and hotel space. Additionally, the city plans to invest $9 million to add eight multi-purpose youth sports fields at Darrough Chapel Park in the Howard County city. Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says The Championship Park of Kokomo would be a ...

  • New Endowment at Purdue University Northwest

    A newly-established endowment at Purdue University Northwest will support nursing students facing financial uncertainty. The Robert Winstown Milos endowment will support nursing students in good academic standing who are facing sudden financial emergencies that may interrupt their studies. Milos made an initial $50,0000 gift and hopes more people will contribute and grow the fund. 

  • ERAPSCO Awarded Military Contract

    ERAPSCO has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense. The joint venture between Columbia City-based Ultra Electronics Holdings plc and Illinois-based Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA) will manufacture and deliver sonobuoys. The sonobuoys are electro-mechanical anti-submarine warfare acoustic sensors designed to relay sounds associated with submarines and ships. 

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

    Butler Adds Old National Bank Chairman

    Butler University's Lacy School of Business has added Old National Bank Chairman Bob Jones as a senior advisor of ethical leadership. Jones will be a member of the school's leadership team and will also mentor students, faculty and staff. Jones served as Old National Bank's Chief Executive from 2004 until May and is now serving as chairman till January 2020. 

  • (rendering courtesy Balfour Beatty/ Purdue University)

    Crave Food Hall Coming to Purdue

    An 8,000 square-foot food hall will open next month on the first floor of the Aspire at Discovery Park apartment complex on the west side of the Purdue University campus.

    The university says Crave Food Hall will feature nine vendor stalls offering coffee, gelato, pizza, burgers and more. The space will also be highlighted by Kevin Sbraga, winner of "Top Chef" season 7, who is opening Sonny & Son's Hot Chicken in the new space.

  • Two Indiana Teachers Eligible for $1M Prize

    Two Hoosier high school skilled trade teachers are among 50 from across the country named as semifinalists for the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. The teachers and their school's trade programs are eligible for a share of $1 million in total cash awards.

  • New Director Chosen for Regenstrief Institute

    A new director has been chosen to lead the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at the Regenstrief Institute. Susan Hickman will be only the second director in the center's history. She is a clinical geropsychologist focused on older adults and their quality of life. 

  • Rendering of German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium. (rendering courtesy University of Evansville)

    German American Bank Funds UE Baseball Improvements

    The home of the University of Evansville baseball team will undergo renovations after a financial commitment from German American Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: GABC). The Jasper-based bank's funding will result in a new name for the university's baseball stadium: German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium.  

  • New Bike Program On Indianapolis Cultural Trail

    Adaptive bicycles are now available to ride on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The new pilot program featuring five different styles of adaptive bikes comes after a grant from the CIBA Foundation. Adaptive bicycles are designed for people with mobility challenges or for those who are not comfortable riding a two-wheeled bike downtown.  The bicycles will be available to rent for $14/hour and will include a custom fitting from trained staff members. 

  • Tire Maker To Open Whitestown Facility

    Georgia-based Maxxis International USA is planning a 350,000 square foot distribution facility in Whitestown. The company has not announced financial details, but says the facility is expected to house 55 employees. 

  • LaPorte Economic Advancement Partnership is one of five finalists

    INspire Idea Announces Finalists

    Five Indiana Main Street organizations have been names as finalists in the INspire Idea competition. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs made the announcement this week. The competition's goal is for Indiana's Main Street network to design projects to benefit their communities. 

  • Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House is one of 24 grant recipients. (photo courtesy Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House)

    Foellinger Foundation Issues Grants

    Several Allen County nonprofit organizations will benefit from the latest round of Limited Asset Improvement grants from the Foellinger Foundation. The grants can be used for improvement or replacement of current assets or the purchase of new assets.  This round of grants totals $406,583 and have been awarded to 24 organizations. Amani Family Services $18,013 American National Red Cross $25,000  Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne $17,592 Community Harvest Food Bank $25...
  • Trine University Receives Gift

    The Auburn-based James Foundation is pledging to help with an expansion on the campus of Trine University. The foundation has pledged $1.5 million toward the expansion of Fawick Hall, which is home for several of the university's engineering departments. The expansion will add space and materials for many programs, including biomedical, chemical, civil and design engineering technology. 

  • Ziptility President Tyler Henke

    Water Utility Mapping Startup Receives Funding

    A digital mapping startup has received a significant investment from the Indiana University Philanthropic Venture Fund. The fund has invested $250,000 in Bloomington-based Ziptility. The startup uses digital mapping technology to help utility workers maintain buried infrastructure.

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    Energy Companies Reach Deal on Indiana Wind Farm

    Two energy companies have completed a 15-year power purchase agreement for renewable energy from a Jay County wind farm. Colorado-based Scout Clean Energy and Exelon-owned Constellation have agreed to a purchase of 80% of the renewable energy and capacity generated by the 130 MW Bitter Ridge Wind Farm.

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    Black Acre Brewing Rolls Out New Projects

    Black Acre Brewing Company founders Holly and Justin Miller and Steve Ruby have announced several large projects to meet the growing demand of the brewery. Black Acre says it will roll out a renovation, expansion and several new partnerships over the next year. 

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    Indiana State University Sees Uptick in Fundraising

    Fundraising for Indiana State University has increased 40-percent for fiscal year 2018-2019. The Division of University Advancement raised $8,885,724 for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The fundraising includes cash gifts, in-kind gifts, pledges and planned gifts, which amounts to a $2.5 million increase over last fiscal year. The number of donors also increased by 16-percent with 7,582 contributors. 

  • Christina Hale will run for Indiana's Fifth Congressional Seat

    Hale Running For Congress

    Former Democratic State Representative Christina Hale has announced she will run for Congress in Indiana's Fifth Congressional District. Hale served in the General Assembly from 2012 to 2016. She also ran for Lieutenant Governor as John Gregg's running mate in 2016.

  • Eli Lilly Announces Leadership Changes

    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has announced several changes to the company's executive committee. Mike Harrington is retiring from his positions of senior vice president and general counsel at the end of the year. Senior vice president and president of Lilly Bio-medicines, Christi Shaw, is leaving Lilly at the end of August, and will be succeeded by current president and general manager of Lilly Japan, Patrick Jonsson. 

  • Indiana ranks 24th best state for business startups, WalletHub.com

    Study: Indiana Business Climate is 'Temperate'

    When it comes to creating a new business in the US, a new study reveals Indiana is in the middle of the pack as it pertains to an attractive business climate. WalletHub, a personal finance and credit card company, just released the results of a study on start up business conditions among the 50 states. The study places Indiana at 24th best state overall to create a business.

  • Trinity Body Shop demolition. (photo courtesy city of Indianapolis)

    City of Indianapolis Outlines Next Round of Demolition

    The City of Indianapolis has announced its second list of abandoned and vacant buildings to be demolished this year. The City's Department of Business and Neighborhood Services has included 25 structures in this round, comprising of single-family homes, detached garages, duplexes and commercial properties. 

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    Jane Pauley Health Center Opens Castleton Location

    Officials in Indianapolis have cut the ribbon on the newest location for the Jane Pauley Community Health Center in Indianapolis. The organization has occupied a former Marsh store on the city's northeast side and says the facility will provide family medicine and behavioral health services.

  • Two memorial services will be held for Eva Moses Kor in August

    Services Set For Eva Mozes Kor

    Services are set to remember the life of CANDLES Holocaust Museum founder Eva Moses Kor. She passed away July 4 in Poland while on the annual CANDLES trip. Kor and her family were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944 where she and her twin sister Miriam were subjected to experimentation by Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele. They were among 200 twins rescued from Auschwitz in 1945. 

  • Bedford is one of five award recipients. (photo courtesy City of Bedford)

    OCRA Grants Awarded

    Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch helped celebrate Downtown Development Week by awarding five communities this week with Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs grants. Downtown Development Week takes place Oct. 7-12 and will honor commitments to preserving and investing in downtowns and city centers.  

  • Andy Medley is the co-founder and CEO of PERQ.

    PERQ Closes $6M Funding Round

    Indianapolis-based PERQ has closed a $6 million Series A round of funding to expand its artificial intelligence-driven marketing cloud for big retailers. The funding is exclusively provided by Midwest tech leaders, including Poplar Ventures L.P. in Louisville. Andy Medley, co-founder and chief executive officer of PERQ, tells Inside INdiana Business says it will also use the funding to support and grow its staff. Other investors and groups joining the...

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    Horseshoe Foundation Awards Grants

    The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County has awarded $350,000 in grants to community organizations.  Thirty-two organizations received funds during the foundation's recent awards ceremony.  Since its founding in 1999, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County has awarded $46.5 million.  

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    The relaunch of Stonehenge Golf Club continues as the Winona Lake Town Council works to fund the acquisition. The Town Council held a special meeting last week to establish a revolving loan fund to help purchase real estate. 

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    IDOE Recognizes School Counseling Programs

    Eleven Indiana schools have been recognized by the American School Counselor Program Association for implementing comprehensive counseling programs. The schools were honored during ASCA's conference in Boston, MA, where the schools also received the Recognized ASCA Model Program designation. 

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    Inteplast to Expand in Indiana

    New Jersey-based integrated plastics manufacturer Inteplast Group plans to expand capacity in a newly-acquired northwest Indiana facility. The group's AmTopp division will increase capacity of its stretch film manufacturing by investing $20M to add two lines in their Remington, IN facility.

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    The City of Indianapolis' Pathway to Employment workforce development program is providing results in its first five weeks. The program launched May 20 through the Department of Public Works and Office of Public Health and Safety that connects people experiencing homelessness with paying jobs and works skills. Mayor Joe Hogsett says the program has connected 21 people to daily jobs for a total of 1,974 work hours. 

  • Muncie Community Schools Hires CEO

    Muncie Community Schools has a new director of public education and chief executive officer. The Board of Trustees approved Lee Ann Kwiatkowski for the position, which she will begin on July 11. Kwiatkowski has over 35 years experience in Indiana public education, including 18 years as a teacher and also as senior education advisor to Governor Eric Holcomb.

  • Tenley Drescher-Rhoades and Holli Harrington

    IAA Adds General Counsel, Promotes Harrington

    The Indianapolis Airport Authority has added Tenley Drescher-Rhoades as general counsel and promoted Holli Harrington to diversity officer. Drescher-Rhoades most recently served as counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels.  She has been most recently involved in the early stages of Indianapolis’ new Community Justice Campus, as well as the new convention center hotel development on Pan Am Plaza. 

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      When is the last time that you as a business owner truly stopped for 30 minutes or an hour and truly took some quiet time to reflect on your business? Like most owners, it’s probably been quite some time. We all get busy doing things, working hard, taking care of customers, running the business. But if we don’t take some time each day, week, month or quarter to slow down, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Business leaders and owners need the time to slow down to...

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