• Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch (photo courtesy of the state of Indiana)

    Crouch: New 'Stellar' Approach Brings More Collaboration

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch says the state's new regional approach to the Stellar Communities Designation Program has fostered more collaboration among communities throughout the state. Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced at the beginning of the year the program would go from a single community focus to a regional one. The 2018 winners were unveiled Tuesday with regions in east central and northeast Indiana receiving the designation.

  • Daily, nonstop service to Las Vegas and Orlando is slated to begin in March.

    Spirit: Room For Growth at IND

    Spirit Airlines Inc. (NYSE: SAVE) says, if past markets are any indication, it will likely add more new routes in Indianapolis. The airline Tuesday announced new service to Orlando, Las Vegas and seasonal service to Myrtle Beach. Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says Spirit has already ordered over 50 aircraft, so he believes the airline will add to its offerings in the future. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Red...

  • Crane Army Ammunition Activity is the second largest tenant at NSA Crane.

    Ribbon Cutting Set For New Crane Complex

    The second largest tenant at Naval Surface Activity Crane in southwest central Indiana will Wednesday celebrate the opening of a new effort at the installation. Crane Army Ammunition Activity will cut the ribbon on the multi-million-dollar Crane Flexible Manufacturing Complex.

  • Pro Systems is headquartered in Churubusco.

    Churubusco Company Acquired

    Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO) has announced the acquisitions of two companies, one of which is located in Whitley County. Financial terms of the deal for Churubusco-based Pro Systems LLC and Coldwater Machine Company LLC in Ohio are not being disclosed.

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    Hammond Clinic Called 'First in Indiana'

    State and local officials from both Indiana and Illinois are celebrating a first-of-its-kind clinic in Hammond. Mishawaka-based Franciscan Health says the new Multi-Specialty Hepatitis C and HIV Clinic will serve both the northwest Indiana and south suburban Chicago communities.

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    USI Team Builds Satellite Heading to Space Station

    A team of students from the University of Southern Indiana designed and built a satellite that launched last week on a SpaceX rocket heading for the International Space Station. The satellite will collect data for NASA research until the end of its life cycle in January 2020.

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    National FFA Convention to Stay in Indy

    One of the state's largest conventions will remain in Indianapolis. The National FFA Organization has announced Indy will continue to host the National FFA Convention & Expo through 2031. The announcement comes two months after the organization set a new attendance record at the 2018 convention, which drew 69,944 people. The event had an estimated economic impact of $39.8 million for the city. The organization has previously committed to hold the event...

  • Stellar Communities Winners Unveiled

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has unveiled the two winners of the 2018 Stellar Community designation. The regions selected for the designation will receive state funding to implement the revitalization plans submitted for their communities. This is the first year the designation has been awarded on a regional basis. Each region will receive $4.5 million from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, $2 million from the Indiana Department of Transportation and...

  • Spirit says it seems long-term growth potential in Indiana.

    IND Adds New Airline, Nonstop Routes

    A Florida-based airline, billing itself as an "ultra low-cost carrier," is coming to Indianapolis International Airport. Spirit Airlines Inc. (NYSE: SAVE) will begin daily, nonstop service to Las Vegas and Orlando in March, and add summer seasonal nonstop service to Myrtle Beach in May. Vice President For Capacity Planning Mark Kopczak says the airline sees "real potential for growth" in those routes, adding IND has done a good job "selling Indy as a place...

  • The news conference is set for 10:00 a.m.

    Indy Airport to Introduce New Airline

    Indianapolis International Airport will today host an event to welcome a new airline. Airport officials say the provider will add more routes to IND's growing roster of options. Earlier this month, the airport reported record-breaking traffic in the third quarter. IND said the more than 2.4 million passengers that passed through the airport in the third quarter of 2018 marked an 8 percent year-to-date increase over last year and the best third quarter in the facility's history.

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    Indy Food Startup Announces Expansion

    An Indianapolis-based startup is growing. Native Bread, which was founded in 2016 by Hayley McGinley, is planning to open a new production bakery on the city's northeast side after entering into a statewide distribution agreement with Indy-based online grocer Market Wagon LLC. 

  • The Stellar Communities program began in 2011.

    State to Announce 'Stellar' Winners

    The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs will Tuesday announce the 2018 winners of the Stellar Communities Designation Program. This is the first year the program is operating on a regional level and two Indiana regions will receive the designation. 

  • Rising Star Casino Resort

    Rising Star Owner Trying Again For Terre Haute Casino

    The owner of Rising Star Casino Resort in Ohio County is once again looking to bring gaming to Terre Haute. Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts Inc. (Nasdaq: FLL) says it plans to reintroduce to the Indiana General Assembly a proposal allowing it to relocate its unused gambling games at Rising Star to a new location in the Vigo County city.

  • Shelby County Solar Project Lands Buyer

    Indianapolis-based Wabash Valley Power says it has committed to purchasing 100 percent of the energy produced by the forthcoming Speedway Solar project in Shelby County. The wholesale electric supplier says the solar array, when complete, will generate enough power to serve 35,000 households in Indiana.

  • Anthem is the highest-ranked Indiana company on the list.

    Indiana Companies Among 'Just 100'

    Three Indiana-based companies are including in Forbes' 2019 "Just 100" list. The ranking, according to the publication, features companies that are "taking the public interest into their own hands and generating better returns for themselves and society in the process." 

  • (rendering courtesy of Cressy Commercial Real Estate)

    Ground Broken on Hotel Elkhart Project

    The transformation of a nearly century-old building in downtown Elkhart is underway. Officials have broken ground on the $15 million effort to renovate the Hotel Elkhart, which is being led by Mishawaka-based Cressy Commercial Real Estate.

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    Microsoft Bringing Rural Broadband Effort to Indiana

    Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has announced plans to expand the Microsoft Airband Initiative to several new states next year, including Indiana. The effort, in which the company works with local partners to make broadband Internet access available to more people in rural communities, launched in 2017 in 13 states. Shelley McKinley, general manager of technology and corporate responsibility for Microsoft, says more than 19 million people who live in rural America do not have access to...

  • Hicks: Jobs Report Unlikely to Ease Economic Jitters

    A Ball State University economist says last week's jobs report will do little to remove the growing unease caused by "a very bad week of economic news." Mike Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State, says the report did have some bright spots, including growth in wages and factory jobs.

  • Drury has several Indianapolis-area locations, including Carmel. (photo courtesy Drury Hotels)

    Drury Hotels Adding to Indy Footprint

    Missouri-based Drury Development Corp. is looking to add to its portfolio in Indianapolis. The company plans to invest $13 million to build a seven-story, 180-room hotel on the city's northwest side by 2022 and add 30 jobs.

  • Fishers' Nickel Plate District is among the new designees.

    Cultural District Program Adds Three

    The Indiana Arts Commission has approved three more communities as part of its Statewide Cultural District Designation Program. The commission says the districts are well-recognized, mixed-use areas of communities "in which high concentrations of cultural assets serve as the anchor."

  • Omen currently employs about 100 in Indiana.

    Israeli Company Bringing Hundreds of Jobs to Richmond

    Israel-based Omen USA says it will expand its manufacturing operations in Richmond and create up to 200 jobs by 2022. The auto supplier plans to invest more than $15 million to boost production in Wayne County. Omen already employs about 100 in Indiana. The company says it will expand its 76,000 square-foot facility by an additional 21,000 square feet and add new production lines. It says growing demand from auto equipment manufacturers in the U.S. and Germany led to the expansion...

  • The abatement approvals total about $3.5 million.

    Brazilian Company's Portage Plans Move Forward

    The Portage City Council has approved tax abatement for a Brazilian company looking to bring a manufacturing facility to the northwest Indiana city. Gelnex, which makes gelatin and collagen peptides used in products ranging from pharmaceuticals to candy, plans to hire 12 employees next year. The proposed Portage plant would dry the gelatin to a powder form. Companies use the powder for products including makeup, protein powders, candy and pharmaceutical products.

  • IU Accelerates Residence Hall Projects

    The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved a proposal to speed up plans to renovate two residence halls. The work on Foster and McNutt halls is part of an overall plan to invest $300 million in student housing over the next six years on the Bloomington campus. In February, trustees heard plans to renovate Foster and McNutt halls in 2021-2022 and 2023-2024. That project has now been moved up to May 2019. The school says the halls will be closed during the 2019-2020 academic...

  • McCorkle says MetaCX plans to launch its product in early 2019.

    McCorkle: 'Eyes Are on Indy'

    The chief executive officer of Indiana’s newest software company believes momentum in the state’s technology sector is attracting added interest---and capital---to the state. Former Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO Scott McCorkle last week announced that MetaCX, a Software-as-a-Service platform that helps clients and businesses organize and manage their SaaS providers, had raised $14 million, the bulk of it from Los Angeles-based early-stage venture capital firm...

  • Purdue Board Makes Several Approvals

    The Purdue University Board of Trustees has made key approvals for several efforts throughout its statewide network. The board voted to keep room and board rates flat for its three physical campuses and also to accept a $30 million gift to fund the renovation of the Union Club Hotel.

  • Mark Throdahl is CEO of OrthoPediatrics. (photo courtesy Nasdaq)

    OrthoPediatrics Making Stock Offer

    Warsaw-based OrthoPediatrics Corp. (Nasdaq: KIDS) has begun a public stock offering. The pediatric medical device manufacturer is looking to raise up to nearly $47 million as a result of the offering, which is expected to close Tuesday.

  • Delco Foods Expanding to Whitestown

    Indianapolis-based Delco Foods is looking to grow its central Indiana operations. The specialty and Italian food distributor plans to invest more than $5 million to locate in a 150,000-square-foot facility in Whitestown, and create more than 130 jobs by 2024. 

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    IPS Names Interim Superintendent

    Indianapolis Public Schools has selected Aleesia Johnson to serve as interim superintendent. Johnson, who currently serves as deputy superintendent for academics in the district, will take over for Lewis Ferebee, who announced this week he is leaving to become chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.

  • Monty Hamilton (left) is CEO of Rural Sourcing. (photo courtesy of the IEDC)

    IT Company Planning Fort Wayne Office

    An Atlanta-based IT outsourcing services provider has announced plans to establish a location in northeast Indiana. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Rural Sourcing plans to invest more than $3 million in its Fort Wayne development center and create up to 130 jobs by the end of 2021. The company, which offers a U.S.-based alternative to offshore outsourcing featuring IT services such as software development and cloud applications, has already begun recruiting for the...

  • Partners Detail New Velocities Program

    Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures joined officials from Dimension Mill in Bloomington and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday to detail a new partnership focused on entrepreneurship and innovation in south central Indiana.

  • Computer Science, Gaming Collide With 'Hour of Code'

    Elementary school students in the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township in Indianapolis are getting an early lesson in coding through the international Hour of Code program. The initiative is designed to give people an introduction to computer science and coding, and Lynn Hodgkin, elementary media coordinator for the district, says it takes a game-centered approach to teaching coding to kids. The students are participating in the Hour of Code at the...

  • South Bend Cuts Ribbon on 'The Hibberd'

    Officials in South Bend are celebrating the opening of a nearly $7 million redevelopment project in the city's downtown. The Hibberd, a mixed-use development that includes residential, commercial, and retail space, is the culmination of an effort to transform the nearly century-old former Hibberd Printing Co. building.

  • Michael Petrie is CEO of Merchants Bancorp.

    Merchants Acquires Florida Lender

    A subsidiary of Carmel-based Merchants Bancorp (Nasdaq: MBIN) has announced plans to acquire Florida-based warehouse lender NattyMac LLC. Merchants Bank of Indiana says the acquisition is expected to close by the end of the year.

  • Strada cut the ribbon during a Thursday ceremony.

    Strada Takes Wraps Off Downtown Indy HQ

    Indianapolis-based Strada Education Network has cut the ribbon on its new downtown Indy headquarters. The national education nonprofit says the space in Market Tower not only houses its 80 Indy-based employees, but provides much-needed meeting space to host its partner organizations. Strada looks to strengthen pathways between education and employment, especially among low-income students and Americans without a post-high school degree.

  • The Heritage Group Founder to be Remembered

    Services are set for noted businessman and philanthropist Fred Fehsenfeld, founder of Indianapolis-based The Heritage Group, who passed away last week at the age of 94. Fehsenfeld, a graduate of Purdue University and decorated World War II veteran, will be remembered Saturday during a Celebration of Life, at The Center on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

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    Illinois Recycler to Set Up Shop in Indy

    Illinois-based Quincy Recycle Paper Inc. is planning to open a new plant in Indianapolis. According to documents filed with the city, the company will invest nearly $2.5 million to rehab a more than 122,000-square-foot building on the city’s east side and add two dozen jobs by 2023. Quincy Recycle expects to begin operations in early 2019. The company says its investment will include equipment such as balers, a shredder, a cutter, conveyors, compactor, and various vehicles.

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    Holcomb Details 2019 Next Level Agenda

    Governor Eric Holcomb has unveiled his legislative and administrative priorities ahead of the 2019 Indiana General Assembly. The governor says his Next Level Agenda continues an ongoing focus on jobs, economic growth, health, infrastructure and government service. During a presentation Thursday, the governor also revealed his Next Level Trails program, which aims to provide $90 million in grants for new hiking, biking and riding trails throughout the state.

  • Senator Todd Young announced the grants.

    I-65 Projects Land $40M in Funding

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Indiana $40 million in grants for major interstate projects. The Indiana Department of Transportation will use the two $20 million grants for the South Central and North Central I-65 expansion projects. The South Central Indiana Expansion Project aims to increase capacity on I-65 between SR 58 and SR 56. It involves reconstructing two lanes and adding a travel lane and shoulders to the northbound and southbound lanes. INDOT will also...

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    Manufacturer Expanding in Peru

    A Germany-based manufacturer has broken ground on a major expansion in Miami County. The Peru Tribune reports Heraeus Electro-Nite, which makes measurement technology systems used with molten metals, plans to add more than 100,000 square feet of space to its Peru facility and add an as-yet unknown number of jobs.

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

    Expansion Announcement Set For Fort Wayne

    State and local officials are set to make an economic development announcement Friday afternoon in Fort Wayne. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and Mayor Tom Henry will be on hand to detail the expansion of a tech company in the Allen County city. 

  • Hogsett unveiled Indy Achieves in May.

    Hogsett Touts Education Initiative as He Seeks Second Term

    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, who announced Wednesday his intention to run for a second term, believes a major education initiative has been one of the strengths of his first three years in office. Hogsett says Indy Achieves, a partnership aimed at boosting post-secondary education opportunities, will help Indianapolis residents be ready for "the jobs of tomorrow." Indy Achieves is a partnership involving the city, EmployIndy, Ivy Tech Community College and IUPUI slated...

  • Millions Raised For 'Back a Boiler'

    Purdue University's Back a Boiler income share agreement program has netted $10.2 million from fundraising initiatives by the Purdue Research Foundation. The program offers an alternative to students seeking private student loans and Federal Parent PLUS.

  • Survey: Drug Abuse a Critical Challenge For Local Leaders

    A new survey conducted by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute shows local elected officials overall are optimistic about the future of their communities, but know there are serious challenges that need to be addressed. The 2017 Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations Survey, which is conducted every two years, was sent to more than 1,300 county, city, town, township and school officials throughout the state. Jamie Palmer, director of the IACIR, says...

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    Indy 500 Champ Immortalized on Borg-Warner Trophy

    The winner of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 has added his face to the famed Borg-Warner Trophy. Will Power helped unveil the latest addition to the iconic trophy Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

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    Brightwood College to Close Indiana Campuses

    Another for-profit higher education institution is shutting its doors. Brightwood College will close all of its campuses in the U.S., including Indiana locations. Brightwood has not released a statement on the closures. The college's social media pages have been deleted and its website only says it is no longer accepting new student enrollments. Brightwood has locations in Indianapolis and Hammond, according to its website. In Indy, the closure will affect 450 students and...

  • Mobile Detailing Company Looking for Growth

    The co-founder of Indianapolis-based Flipside Mobile Car Wash says he is looking to scale up the on-demand, virtually waterless mobile detailing startup. Rhett Barker started Flipside while he was a student at Ball State University and now has corporate clients such as Rolls-Royce and the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Indy. In an interview for The INnovators with Dr. K, Barker said he wants to make sure the company was scalable.

  • Benner: USA Gymnastics Bankruptcy a 'Gut Punch'

    In what Inside INdiana Business Sports Contributor Bill Benner calls "another gut punch to a once-proud organization," Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The organization says the move is part of a "reorganization" plan and will allow it to more quickly resolve legal claims made by athletes who were victims of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

  • Lake Cable says construction is expected to be complete in 2020.

    Illinois Company Growing in Porter County

    Illinois-based Lake Cable LLC is planning to expand its northwest Indiana operations. The wire and cable manufacturer says it will invest $7 million to grow its Valparaiso facility and add up to 54 jobs by 2021. Lake Cable says construction is expected to be complete in 2020, with training and hiring set to begin that year. The privately-held, fourth-generation manufacturer was founded in 1995 and has been in Valparaiso for 14 years. The company has more tan 450 employees in five...

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    Smithville Names New President

    Ellettsville-based Smithville has selected Paul Quick as its new president. Quick most recently served as vice president of commercial sales in nine states for Connecticut-based Frontier Communications (Nasdaq: FTR).

  • Lawson says more than 2.3 million Indiana voters cast a ballot.

    Hoosier Voter Turnout Tops 50 Percent

    Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says 51 percent of Indiana's registered voters cast a ballot in November's election. Lawson says that marks the highest midterm turnout in more than 20 years, fueled in part by a sharp increase in early voting compared to 2014. Lawson's office says Indiana has about 4.5 million registered voters, and 2,308,258 of them cast a ballot. That is the highest midterm turnout since 1994. She says 32 percent of voters cast a ballot early, which is...

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    Franciscan to Dedicate Michigan City Hospital

    Mishawaka-based Franciscan Health will Thursday hold a blessing and dedication ceremony for the new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital. The $243 million facility, which has been under construction for more than two years, is slated to open in January.

  • Holcomb to Announce Next Level Agenda

    Governor Eric Holcomb will Thursday reveal his legislative and administrative priorities for 2019. The governor's Next Level Agenda will be announced at Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, followed by another event Friday in Columbia City. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch will be on hand for the Thursday announcement.

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    TechPoint Mira Award Nominations Open

    Indiana's technology initiative has opened nominations for the 20th Annual Mira Awards. TechPoint says the next round of awards honoring the "best in tech" features a new category and two new awards recognizing the achievements of communities.

  • Newfields is one of the grant recipients. (photo courtesy of Newfields)

    Lilly Endowment Awards $49M in Arts Grants

    Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved nearly $49 million in grants through its Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation initiative. The funding will support 17 projects, including $3.8 million for Downtown Indy Inc. to improve lighting, sound and staging for Monument Circle events. Communications Director Judy Cebula says proposals involving unexpected collaborations and efforts for underserved populations led the endowment to nearly...

  • Notre Dame, IBRI Form 'Strategic Alliance'

    The University of Notre Dame has signed a strategic alliance agreement with the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis. The IBRI says the agreement will enable both parties to "work together on research covering significant health issues in Indiana and around the world."

  • The Women's Hospital CEO Chris Ryan won the 2018 ATHENA Award. (photo courtesy of the Southwest Indiana Chamber)

    2019 ATHENA Award Finalists Unveiled

    The Southwest Indiana Chamber has announced the finalists for its 2019 ATHENA Award. The chamber says the award recognizes "exceptional leaders in the Evansville-area community that have actively and generously assisted others in the attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills." 

  • Scott McCorkle (second from left) is the co-founder and CEO of MetaCX.

    Indy Tech Vet Leading New Venture

    A new company has launched out of Indianapolis-based venture studio High Alpha and raised more than $14 million in funding. MetaCX, co-founded by Indy tech veteran Scott McCorkle, is a Software-as-a-Service platform that helps clients and businesses organize and manage their other SaaS providers. McCorkle says the company has been operating in "stealth" mode since January and plans to launch its product in early 2019. MetaCX is targeting other...

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    New Jersey Company Acquires MOBI

    Indianapolis-based mobility management software and services company MOBI has been acquired. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, however New Jersey-based Tangoe says MOBI's Indianapolis office will become the headquarters for the combined company's global Managed Mobility Services business. Tangoe is a technology expense management company with offices throughout the world. MOBI co-founder and chief executive officer Scott Kraege will join the...

  • Giant Eagle completed the deal for Ricker's, which has 56 locations throughout Indiana.

    Giant Eagle Aims For Growth After Ricker's Deal

    The executive vice president for Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Inc. says the company's acquisition of Anderson-based Ricker Oil Co. will serve as a catalyst for future growth throughout Indiana. The deal brings Giant Eagle's GetGo Cafe + Market and Ricker's brands together. Polly Flinn, who is also the general manager of GetGo, says growth is first and foremost in the company's plans.

  • Hogsett Set For Campaign Announcement

    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will Wednesday make what is expected to be a re-election announcement. The first-term Democrat is set to give the announcement from the Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indy.

  • Gilbert and three others founded SEP in 1988.

    Longtime Software Company CEO Stepping Down

    Carmel-based Software Engineering Professionals Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gilbert has announced retirement plans. President Raman Ohri will become CEO when Gilbert steps down at the end of March. Gilbert and three others founded the software product design and development company in 1988 after graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has since transferred ownership of this company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Ohri has worked at...

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    Another Illinois Company Moving to Indiana

    A steel supply and coil processing manufacturer is moving from Illinois to Gary. Alliance Steel says it will invest nearly $20 million to establish its northwest Indiana headquarters and create up to 130 jobs by 2023. The company says the move will allow it to meet growing customer demand in the automotive, construction, agriculture and transportation industries, among others. Alliance plans to begin renovations in early 2019 and be up and running in January 2020. It's investing...

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    Purdue Partners With Taiwan University on Engineering

    Purdue University has signed an agreement with the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. The partnership will create dual degree engineering programs for NCKU students, who will be able to complete Purdue Online courses to fulfill some of their requirements.

  • ISDA Awarded $400K in Water Quality Grants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $400,000 to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. The funding aims to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

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    ISO Hits Record Annual Ticket Sales

    The Indiana Symphony Society Inc. is reporting a record $11 million in ticket sales during the 2017-2018 season, up 7.8 percent over the previous year. The organization has also elected new members and officers to its board of directors.

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    Google Gives Big Boost to Prison Coding Program

    A prison coding program that was introduced to Indiana earlier this year is getting a boost. Google.org has announced a $2 million grant to California-based nonprofit The Last Mile, which provides technology and business skills training for inmates. The funding will support, in part, the launch of Indiana's first coding program for incarcerated juveniles at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. The Indiana juvenile program is The Last Mile's first youth program outside of...

  • Phil GiaQuinta was named House Minority Leader in November.

    GiaQuinta Names House Democratic Leadership

    Indiana House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-80) has announced the leadership team and ranking committee members for the House Democratic Caucus. The leadership team will assist in various aspects of the legislative process, both within the caucus and on the House floor.

  • Victoria National Golf Club is considered one of the more difficult courses on the Web.com Tour. (photo courtesy of Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

    Web.com Tour Inks Deal With Newburgh Golf Course

    The Web.com Tour has signed a 10-year deal with Victoria National Golf Club near Evansville. The course will serve as host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship Presented by United Leasing & Finance through 2028.

  • (Image courtesy of Ricker Oil Co.) From left-to-right: Quinn Ricker, Jay Ricker, Nancy Ricker

    Giant Eagle Finalizes Acquisition of Ricker Oil Company

    Anderson-based Ricker Oil Company has been officially acquired by Giant Eagle Inc. The Pittsburgh-based company will bring their GetGo Cafe + Market brand together with Ricker's brands across the state.  Giant Eagle takes over 56 Ricker's convenience stores in the Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne metro areas, and throughout Central Indiana. The deal also includes Ricker Oil's wholesale fuel distribution business and dozens of branded supply accounts in Indiana, Kentucky 

  • IPS Superintendent Heading to D.C.

    The superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools is leaving the state's largest school district. Lewis Ferebee has accepted the position of chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Ferebee was named IPS superintendent in 2013. His move to the nation's capital was announced Monday by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Our partners at WTHR-TV report Ferebee's appointment must still be approved by the city council.

  • Officials cut the ribbon on The Last Mile's first program at the Indiana Women's Prison in April.

    Holcomb Set For Tech Skills Grant Announcement

    Governor Eric Holcomb will Tuesday take part in a grant announcement at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. The governor will join officials from Google and The Last Mile to detail new funding for a program to teach technology and business skills to Hoosiers behind bars.

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    Catalent Expanding in Bloomington

    New Jersey-based Catalent Inc. (NYSE: CTLT) has announced plans to grow its Bloomington operations. The company says it will invest nearly $14 million to expand its biologics packaging capacity at its Monroe County manufacturing facility and create 36 jobs. Catalent entered the Bloomington market in 2017 with its $950 million acquisition of Cook Pharmica. The company says it will construct a 15,000-square-foot addition that will include...

  • The airport is reporting records for all third-quarter months. (Image courtesy: Indianapolis Airport Authority.)

    Indy Airport Continues Record Pace

    Indianapolis International Airport says the third quarter of 2018 was a record-breaker. The airport says the more than 2.4 million passenger total is an 8 percent year-to-date increase over last year and is the best third quarter in its history. The facility says international passenger traffic jumped 123 percent compared to the third quarter of last year. Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says that's because of Delta Air Lines' nonstop...

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    First Internet Bank to Anchor Big Fishers Project

    Another major development is coming to Fishers. Indianapolis-based Browning Investments has announced plans for a $157 million project in the city's downtown that will include a boutique hotel, as well as residential, office and retail space. Fishers-based First Internet Bancorp (Nasdaq: INBK) will anchor the development by moving its headquarters to a six-story, 168,000-square-foot office building. The project will span the north and south sides of 116th Street and will be...

  • One Click co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Randy Stocklin will continue to lead the company.

    One Click Ventures Acquired

    Greenwood-based online glasses retailer One Click Ventures has been acquired by FGX International in Rhode Island. One Click says it will maintain its Indiana headquarters and continue to operate as a standalone business. FGX International designs and markets non-prescription reading glasses, optical frames and sunglasses. It also has offices in New York City, Toronto, Vancouver, Milan, England, Mexico City, Singapore and China. The companies are not disclosing financial terms of the...
  • Tribune owns Fox 59 and CBS 4 in Indianapolis.

    Indy Stations Involved in Nexstar, Tribune Merger

    The parent companies of four Indianapolis television stations are merging. Texas-based Nexstar Media Group Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), which owns WISH-TV and WNDY-TV, has announced a $6.4 billion acquisition of Illinois-based Tribune Media Co. (NYSE: TRCO), which owns WXIN-TV and WTTV-TV. 

  • 1si Names 2018 ACE Award Winners

    One Southern Indiana has announced the winners of the 2018 ACE Awards. The chamber of commerce for Clark and Floyd counties says the awards are given to "individuals who have used their skills and talents to not only enhance their organizations, but also make their community a better place to live, work and grow."

  • Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill

    Hill Files Multi-State Data Breach Lawsuit

    Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is leading a multi-state federal lawsuit against a Fort Wayne-based electronic health records company. Hill's office alleges Medical Informatics Engineering Inc. and NoMoreClipboard LLC sustained a data breach which compromised the data of more than 3.9 million people.

  • The resort has used Bowles mattresses since 2015.

    Family Mattress Company, Iconic Resort Launch Partnership

    Jeffersonville-based Bowles Mattress Co. has begun a partnership with West Baden Springs Hotel in Orange County to sell the mattresses the company supplies for the resort through select retailers. The family-owned company says demand grew after a 2018 article in USA Today ranking West Baden Springs as number two in the country for hotel sleep quality. Bowles hopes to have a series of three mattresses used in the hotel available in stores by President's Day weekend next...

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    Taylor Resigns From Indiana House

    State Representative Joe Taylor (D-7) has announced his resignation from the Indiana House of Representatives. The South Bend representative, who was re-elected to his seat in November, says he is leaving to accept a job with the United Auto Workers International Union.

  • Grant to Support Science, Literacy Efforts in Muncie

    The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS has awarded a $175,000 grant to Ball State University's public television station. The university says the funding will allow WIPB-TV to work with community partners to provide science and literacy resources for young people in underserved areas.

  • (photo courtesy of Smoker Craft Boats)

    Lippert Acquires Another Marine Furniture Business

    A subsidiary of Elkhart-based LCI Industries Inc. (NYSE: LCII) has acquired the furniture manufacturing business of Smoker Craft Inc. in Elkhart County. Lippert Components Manufacturing Inc. says the $28 million deal also includes a long-term supply agreement between the companies. 

  • WYN manufactures a variety of products, including fiberglass and polyethylene tanks. (photo courtesy of WYN Industries)

    Manufacturer Relocates to Whitestown

    An Indianapolis-based manufacturer is celebrating its move into a larger facility in Whitestown. WYN Industries Inc. has invested $810,000 in the move, which includes plans to add up to 16 jobs over the next few years.

  • Parker says Fort Wayne's GM plant is positioned well because of its product mix.

    Will GM Plan Be Short-Term Pain and Long-Term Gain?

    While a massive reorganization announced last week by General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) will mean pain in the form of five plant closures and the elimination of 14,000 jobs, an Indiana University Kelley School of Business professor says it was long overdue and should pay dividends for the automaker.  The GM plan, which includes the elimination of six passenger car models, is in response to a massive consumer move away from cars to trucks, SUVs and crossovers.

  • South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership CEO Regina Emberton

    Per Capita Income Grows in Northern Indiana

    The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership says per capita personal income grew at a rate of nearly 5.4 percent between 2016 and 2017, nearly 2 percent higher than the national rate. The five-county region saw more than $32.7 billion in total personal income last year. 

  • Funding decisions are planned in June.

    Ball Brothers Foundation Planning Workforce Grants

    The Muncie-based Ball Brothers Foundation has invited four local organizations to apply for funding through its "Future of Work" program, designed to schools and local companies collaborate on workforce needs. The groups invited include Ball State University, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Ivy Tech Community College and Sustainable Muncie Corp. Sustainable Muncie Corp. is a nonprofit that operates MadJax, which is Muncie's downtown makerspace. The foundation says the money...

  • The TIF district includes much of downtown South Whitley.

    South Whitley Approves TIF District

    The town of South Whitley is putting a new Tax Increment Finance district in place. The Whitley County town says the district will help attract new investment and development, and is part of a newly-developed economic development plan. The South Whitley Redevelopment Commission approved the TIF district and economic development plan at its November meeting. Vice President Karen Jordan calls the approval "very exciting," saying it will help "push South Whitley onward to...
  • Estopinal owned TEG Architects in Jeffersonville.

    Hoosiers Remember Estopinal

    Friends, colleagues and community leaders are mourning Wayne Estopinal, a Ball State University trustee and Jeffersonville businessman who passed away Friday in a small plane crash. Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore says Estopinal's "desire and tenacity to make our city better is what we will remember him for the most." Estopinal owned TEG Architects in Jeffersonville. Moore says he oversaw projects including the restoration of City Hall at the Quartermaster Depot and...

  • Professor Vijay Raghunathan will serve as director of the program. (photo courtesy of Purdue University)

    Purdue Program Aims to Create 'Technology Maestros'

    The Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is launching a professional master's program with a concentration in innovative technologies. The university says the aim of the one-year program is to develop leaders in technology innovation. 

  • New Leader For Criminal Justice Institute

    Governor Eric Holcomb has selected Devon McDonald as the next executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. McDonald, who currently serves as chief of staff and general counsel for the institute, will succeed the retiring David Murtaugh.

  • Banks Calls For Naming Ship USS Fort Wayne

    Congressman Jim Banks (R-3) is looking to have one of the U.S. Navy's ships named after the city of Fort Wayne. In a letter to Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, Banks a ship bearing the Allen County city's name would "convey the American ideals of freedom and patriotism to honor those serving in the U.S. military."

  • The St. Elmo's Shrimp Cocktail Eating Contest will feature Joey Chestnut. (photo courtesy of Indiana Sports Corp.)

    Fan Events Set For Big Ten Weekend

    The Indiana Sports Corp. is gearing up for this weekend's Big Ten Football Championship game in downtown Indianapolis. Several fan and community events are being planned for the big weekend, including the Big Ten Fan Fest, a concert by OneRepublic and more.

  • Rick Sasso (photo courtesy of Indiana Spine Group)

    Indiana Surgeon Wins $112M Verdict

    A jury in Marshall County has awarded what is being called one of the largest verdicts in Indiana history to an Indianapolis spine surgeon and inventor. Rick Sasso would receive more than $112 million in royalties and interest which he claimed he was owed by Minnesota-based medical device company Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT).

  • Marie Maher founded Synapse Sitters in 2017.

    Synapse Sitters Expanding in Indiana

    An Indianapolis-based startup that provides qualified babysitters for children with special needs has announced plans for expansion. Synapse Sitters was founded one year ago by Marie Maher, whose son was diagnosed with autism, after having difficulty finding a sitter who could properly handle his behaviors. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Maher said she came up with the idea for an online platform to connect parents with sitters who have experience in...

  • During an interview on Inside INdiana Business, Buetler said he believes the model can be replicated.

    Software Company Looks to 'EduSource' Talent

    An Indianapolis-based software developer says it is saving money and getting higher-quality work by using a student apprenticeship program rather than outsourcing work. EduSource offers college students $40,000 and real-world experience alongside senior-level developers through a two-year apprenticeship. Founder Jason Beutler says he got the idea when his software engineering students at Taylor University were writing better code than an outsourced team he was overseeing.

  • (rendering courtesy of BSA LifeStructures)

    State Hiring For New Psychiatric Hospital

    The state's newest psychiatric hospital is now hiring for a variety of positions. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says the $120 million NeuroDiagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center is undergoing the final leg of construction and will open in the spring of 2019 on the campus of Community East Hospital in Indianapolis.

  • Daniel Padrao is the COO of Solinftec.

    Solinftec Aims to Bring Momentum to Purdue HQ

    The chief operating officer of a Brazil-based ag tech company says he hopes to bring the success he's seen in his home country to the U.S. Daniel Padrao says the U.S. market is very important for Solinftec, which announced Thursday plans to establish its U.S. headquarters at the Purdue Research Park. The company has already set up operations in Florida and California and Padrao says they are moving at a very fast pace. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Padrao said...

  • (Image of the Manufacturing Advisory Council courtesy of the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network.)

    Wabash Heartland Taps Into Public Input

    Parks and trail improvement, workforce development and high-speed internet access are among the top priorities of thousands of respondents to a Wabash Heartland Innovation Network regional placemaking survey. The results will help determine how to use a $10 million Regional Cultivation Fund in the 10-county region in north central Indiana. About 2,500 people living...

  • (photo courtesy of Reecer Properties)

    Freeland Farm For Sale in Allen County

    A massive property in northeast Indiana has hit the auction block. The 25-acre site in Roanoke, known as Freeland Farm, was previously owned by Dick Freeland, the former chairman of Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne Inc. who died in 2013.

  • (photo courtesy of Urban Air Adventure Park)

    Trampoline Park Set For Former Noblesville Marsh

    Another vacant Marsh supermarket building will soon have new life. Texas-based Urban Air Adventure Park has announced plans to transform the Noblesville building into a 34,000-square-foot indoor trampoline recreation and entertainment center. The company is not detailing its financial investment in the new location, but says it will create 60 jobs.

  • Holcomb: No Plans to Toll Hoosier Interstates

    Governor Eric Holcomb has submitted his Statewide Interstate Tolling Strategic Plan to the State Budget Committee. The plan is a requirement of legislation passed in 2017. While Holcomb says he does not plan to push interstate tolling, the plan can serve as a how-to manual to implement such an effort in the future.

  • After 40 Years, Batesville Tool & Die Preparing For Future

    As Batesville Tool & Die looks back at 40 years of operation in Indiana, its chief executive officer is looking toward the future. The automotive parts supplier began with just six employees and now employs some 1,000 throughout North America, including 450 in Batesville. Jody Fledderman, whose father founded the company in the 1970s, says the company's is engaged in several workforce initiatives.

  • The school board approved plans for the facility in October. (photo courtesy of Geist Montessori Academy)

    Charter School to Break Ground in McCordsville

    Officials from the Geist Montessori Academy School Board and the McCordsville Town Council will Friday break ground on a new $6 million school building. The academy says the facility will allow its two campuses to be combined into one while also meeting the need for additional space to accommodate future growth.

  • (image courtesy of the city of New Albany)

    'Rails to Trails' Project Lands Key Approval

    The Rails to Trails project in New Albany is moving forward. The city’s redevelopment commission has approved the city’s proposal to have law firm Faegre Baker Daniels assist with the project. The city says the Rails to Trails project would convert an abandoned 63-mile CSX route into a new recreation trail.

  • Solinftec plans to create 90 jobs by the end of next year and up to 334 by 2022. (photo courtesy of Solinftec)

    Another Ag Tech Company Picks Purdue Research Park

    A Brazil-based digital agriculture company has big plans in West Lafayette. Solinftec says it will invest more than $50 million to establish its U.S. headquarters at the Purdue Research Park and create more than 300 jobs by 2022. The company provides Internet of Things-based technology to provide farmers with real-time data. Purdue President Mitch Daniels says the move is the latest evidence of the school "becoming a world center of precision agriculture."

  • The chamber announced the institute's formation Thursday.

    Chamber Launches Workforce Institute

    The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says concerning trends outlined in its 2018 employer survey has led to an effort to boost Indiana's workforce. The chamber has created the Institute for Workforce Excellence, which it says aims to help businesses throughout the state attract, develop and retain talent. According to the survey, 51 percent of respondents said they had jobs left unfilled in the past year because of underqualified applicants. It is the fifth consecutive increase and the...

  • AquaBounty operates a facility in Albany, Indiana. (photo courtesy of Bell Aquaculture)

    AquaBounty Names New CEO

    A Massachusetts-based company with a presence in east central Indiana has named a new chief executive officer. AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) says Sylvia Wulf, who currently serves as senior vice president of US Foods Inc., will begin her new role in January.

  • The expansion was announced at the Agbioscience Innovation Summit in Indianapolis. (photo courtesy of Centric)

    West Coast Ag Tech Accelerator Coming to Midwest

    A California-based venture and innovation firm has announced plans to bring its THRIVE AgTech program to the Midwest. SVG Partners says the accelerator will focus specifically on animal health and support agriculture advancements while working with Indiana-based corporate partners such as AgriNovus Indiana, Elanco Animal Health Inc. (NYSE: ELAN) in Greenfield and Purdue University.

  • (Rendering of phase two of the Riverfront Fort Wayne project provided by the city of Fort Wayne)

    Fort Wayne to Kick Off Next Riverfront Phases

    The design team for the second and third phases of the Riverfront Fort Wayne project will Thursday begin its work. Philadelphia-based DAVID RUBIN Land Collective will begin the effort with focus groups of residents on topics such as downtown living, youth involvement and historic preservation.

  • (photo courtesy Purdue University)

    Brohm to Stay as Purdue Head Coach

    Purdue University head football coach Jeff Brohm will remain in West Lafayette. Brohm made his decision public Wednesday evening after being courted for the head coaching job at the University of Louisville, his alma mater. In a statement released Wednesday, Brohm cited the need to "finish the building process we have begun" at Purdue. Brohm signed a six-year deal to lead Purdue in December 2016 and received a contract extension in April 2018.

  • (file photo courtesy of our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    Indy Company to Acquire Majestic Star Casinos

    Two riverboat casinos in northwest Indiana will soon be under new ownership. Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment, a newly-formed group led by the former chief executive officer of Centaur Holdings LLC, has announced plans to acquire Majestic Holdco LLC, which currently owns the Majestic Star and Majestic Star II casinos in Gary. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Rod Ratcliff is the former chairman and CEO of Centaur, which was acquired by...

  • Food, Ag Tech Part of Agbioscience Innovation Summit

    More than 400 business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and investors will gather Thursday for the 2018 Agbiosciences Innovation Summit in downtown Indianapolis. The day-long event, hosted by AgriNovus Indiana, will focus on food and ag tech investment, as well as the journey for ag tech startups in Indiana and opportunities for Indiana to grow in the sector. Elanco Animal Health Inc. Executive Vice President Aaron Schacht said the event is...

  • Chamber CEO Kevin Brinegar will release the findings this morning.

    Chamber to Release Workforce Survey Findings

    The Indiana Chamber of Commerce will today outline findings from the Indiana Chamber Foundation's 11th annual workforce employer survey. The organization says, for the first time in the survey's history, more than half of the respondents left jobs unfilled over the last year because they could not find qualified applicants. At this morning's event, the chamber will also announce the formation of the Institute for Workforce Excellence, which it says will help businesses address those...

  • The two-day transformation workshops will take place this winter.

    Main Street Communities to Get Downtown Help

    A national organization will help seven Indiana Main Street communities strengthen their cores. National Main Street Center consultants will work with local leaders on identifying market conditions, gaps and opportunities as they look to grow their downtown districts. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is sponsoring the program, which will involve Angola, Beech Grove, Jasper, Madison, Peru, Terre Haute and Winamac. The two-day transformation workshops will take place...

  • Wade Clapp is the chairman of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at Riley Hospital. (photo courtesy of the IU School of Medicine)

    Riley Campaign to 'Double Down' on Research Efforts

    The chairman of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine says the Riley Children's Foundation's $175 million campaign will provide a new revenue stream for a much-needed expansion. Wade Clapp, who is also physician-in-chief at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, says the hospital has a relatively small endowment when compared to larger children's hospitals in the U.S. that provide similar services. Clapp says the funds from the initiative will support...

  • Hallett says the acquisition gives KAR an anchor in Europe.

    Hallett: Acquisition Opens 'Whole New World' to KAR

    The chief executive officer of Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) says today's acquisition of Belgium-based CarsOnTheWeb continues KAR's transformation into a global technology company. Jim Hallett says the deal for the online auction company also ensures a "strong international presence as we continue to grow beyond North America." KAR already has a presence in the United Kingdom after acquiring two UK-based companies over the last few years. KAR...

  • The platform was announced during The Startup Ladies' fourth anniversary luncheon.

    New Startup Ladies Platform Targets Startups, Investors

    The chief executive officer of The Startup Ladies in Indianapolis says a new online educational platform will serve as a boon for entrepreneurs and investors. Kristen Cooper says Startup Study Hall Online will provide access to the organization's executive mentors from anywhere in the country. The membership-based platform was announced as part of The Startup Ladies' fourth anniversary luncheon in Indy. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman...

  • Officials celebrated the renovations this week. (photo courtesy of Evansville Regional Airport)

    Evansville Airport Cuts Ribbon on Terminal Improvements

    Officials at Evansville Regional Airport are celebrating the completion of $20 million in renovations at the airport's terminal. The Courier & Press reports the effort, which included funding from the Regional Cities Indiana initiative, features a new consolidated TSA security line, passenger amenities and updated restrooms.

  • Steel Dynamics Planning Major Investment

    Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc. (Nasdaq: STLD) has announced plans to build a new organic flat roll steel mill in the U.S. The company says it will invest up to $1.8 billion in the facility and create approximately 600 jobs. A specific location has not yet been determined, however Steel Dynamics says the mill will likely be built in the southwestern United States and construction could begin in 2020. The electric-arc-furnace facility is expected to have an...

  • KAR say sit will retain COTW's current locations, employees and key leadership team.

    KAR Announces Big European Acquisition

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. (NYSE: KAR) is growing its international footprint. The automotive remarketing and technology company has acquired Belgium-based CarsOnTheWeb, an online auction company. The deal is worth 91 million euros in cash, or the equivalent of about $102 million. KAR Chief Executive Officer Jim Hallett says the acquisition "will instantly anchor KAR in the international marketplace." The companies expect to close the deal in the first quarter of...

  • Riley Foundation Launches $175M Campaign

    Indianapolis-based Riley Children's Foundation is Wednesday launching a campaign to raise $175 million by June 2020. Be the Hope NOW: The Campaign for Kids aims to transform Riley Hospital for Children and the Wells Center for Pediatric Research in Indy through three high-priority programs: Pediatric Research and Patient Care, Maternity and Newborn Health, and Family Support Programs. David Ricks, chairman of the Riley Children's Endowment Board of Governors, says...

  • The operation has been in Fillmore for nearly 40 years.

    Report: Dixie Chopper Closing in Putnam County

    Dixie Chopper is reportedly closing the doors of its Putnam County plant. The Banner Graphic in Greencastle reports the company told about 100 workers at the Fillmore facility that manufacturing would move to an out-of-state operation. The lawnmower manufacturer has been in the town of Fillmore for nearly 40 years. Jacobsen, a division of Rhode Island-based Textron Inc., acquired Dixie Chopper's assets in February. The publication says the company...

  • Poet Laureate Returns to Indiana

    U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is spending this week in Indiana as part of the Indiana Humanities Quantum Leap Poetry Tour. Smith will Wednesday hold moderated conversation and question-and-answer sessions in Shelbyville and Greencastle, followed by another event Thursday in Indianapolis. 

  • (photo courtesy of Mission Capital Advisors)

    Former Marsh Stores Head to Auction

    Five former Marsh stores throughout Indiana will soon be on the auction block. New York-based Mission Capital Advisors LLC says bidding will begin next week on the properties, all of which are currently vacant after being liquidated due to the grocery chain filing for bankruptcy. 

  • (photo courtesy of Franciscan Health)

    Franciscan Opens Hobart ExpressCare

    Mishawaka-based Franciscan Health has opened its latest ExpressCare location. The health system has invested $1 million to open the facility in Hobart, which has created a small number of jobs.

  • (photo courtesy of Boone EDC)

    Boone EDC Names Economic Development Manager

    The Boone County Economic Development Corp. has selected Rachel Huser as economic development manager. In her new role, Huser will assist with business attraction and expansion projects for small and large businesses. 

  • United Technologies Corp. is the parent of Carrier Corp.

    Carrier Parent to Split Into Three Companies

    The Connecticut-based parent of Carrier Corp., which recently laid off hundreds in Indianapolis, has announced plans to divide into three independent companies. United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes says the decision will best position each company to drive sustained growth and lead its industry in innovation and customer focus. The separation is expected to be complete in 2020. The three companies that will come out of the separation include...

  • Paul Griffin is director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

    State Taps Purdue Center For Health Tech Solutions

    The state of Indiana is working with Purdue University to develop and implement technology systems to battle clinical challenges throughout the state, including long-term care and the opioid crisis. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has announced a two-year, $12 million contract with Purdue's Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. The center will identify four high-need communities: two to implement programs to improve Medicaid long-term care and...

  • Fair Oaks Mall Project Moving Forward

    The city of Columbus is continuing efforts to transform the nearly-vacant Fair Oaks Mall. Our partners at WTHR-TV report the city expects to close on its nearly $6 million purchase of the mall property and turn it into a recreational and sports tourism complex. Plans for the project were announced earlier this year. The city is partnering with Columbus Regional Hospital and the Heritage Fund Community Foundation of Bartholomew County on the effort. In addition to...

  • Christopher Clapp and Frank Okunak (photos courtesy of Vennli)

    South Bend Tech Company Grows Board

    South Bend-based Vennli is adding to its board. The content intelligence platform provider has added Great Blue Ventures Managing Director Christopher Clapp as a board member and named PR firm Weber Shandwick Chief Operating Officer Frank Okunak a board advisor. 

  • Chok Ooi is the co-founder and CEO of Kenzie Academy.

    Kenzie Academy Program to 'Level The Playing Field'

    The co-founder and chief executive officer of Kenzie Academy in Indianapolis says a new partnership will "change the equation" in growing the tech workforce. The tech training school is partnering with Michigan-based Kelly Services to launch an "Earn and Learn" program, which will allow students to earn a paycheck while enrolled. Chok Ooi says the program addresses one of the biggest barriers blocking potential students from attending and levels the playing field...

  • College of Engineering senior Michael Skinner will appear alongside Doug and Tori Anderson of South Bend on this afternoon's show.

    National Talk Show to Feature Notre Dame Program

    A University of Notre Dame program that builds 3D-printed hands for people in need will take the spotlight this afternoon on a national talk show. A student with the school's e-NABLE chapter will join a family the group helped this afternoon on Steve Harvey's daytime talk show. College of Engineering senior Michael Skinner will appear alongside Doug and Tori Anderson of South Bend on this afternoon's show. The school says Skinner met Doug Anderson during an Uber ride earlier...

  • State Celebrating Workforce Efforts

    Following last month's unemployment report, Indiana is touting its attractiveness for businesses. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the state outperformed much of the nation in key areas of employment and job growth.

  • Telehealth Clinic to Open in Logansport

    Officials in Logansport will Tuesday cut the ribbon on a new high-tech telehealth clinic. The facility at Landis Elementary School is being funded by the Indiana Rural Health Association, while Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) has provided funding for physical health equipment.

  • Expert Predicts 'Largest Cyber Monday in History'

    As the clock ticks down on Cyber Monday 2018, experts are predicting the online shopping holiday is on track to hit record numbers.
    “This will without a doubt be the largest Cyber Monday in history,” said Jeremy Gilman, senior vice president for Strategy, Brand Marketing and Customer Experience for DMI.

  • The exhibit will be located at the new Vigo County History Center. (photo courtesy of the Vigo County Historical Society and Museum)

    Vigo County History Exhibit Lands Local Support

    A planned exhibit detailing the history of Vigo County has received local approval. The Vigo County Historical Society and Museum says the Vigo County Council has approved funding for the exhibit, which will be a part of the History Center in Terre Haute, which is currently under construction.

  • Building Permits Rise Slightly in October

    The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis says single-family building permits increased by 2 percent in October. The organization says 563 permits were issued in the nine-county region last month, up from 550 during the same month last year.

  • Butler Names New Dean

    Butler University has chosen Brooke Barnett to be the new dean of the university's College of Communication. Barnett is currently a professor and associate provost at Elon University in North Carolina. The Kentucky native has taught several courses at Elon since 2001, including Broadcast Journalism, Communication Research and Intellectual Property Law. Barnett says she's looking forward to her new opportunity. 

  • IU Health Releases Community Health Grants

    Indiana University Health has announced Community Health Improvement Grants of nearly $700,000. The funding will be used for projects dealing with behavioral health/substance abuse, tobacco use, infant mortality and obesity. "The thoughtfulness and collaboration embodied in these grant applications further demonstrate that IU Health is leading the way to solve Indiana’s big health challenges," said Dennis Murphy, president and...

  • Indiana Launches Securities Portal

    Investors and industry professionals now have one place to go to connect to the Indiana Secretary of State's Securities Division. Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced the launch of an online portal to make public record requests and file complaints. State residents will be able to search the database without creating an account and fraud victims will be able to request restitution all online. 

  • Purdue Names New Entrepreneurial Officer

    Purdue University is taking the next step in the growth of its entrepreneurial system by naming a chief entrepreneurial officer. Purdue Research Foundation President Brian Edelman announced Scott Henderson will serve in the role. Henderson is an international commercialization expert who will lead the Purdue Foundry and Purdue Ventures.

  • WFYI Receives Fairbanks Foundation Grant

    WFYI's public health reporting at Side Effects will continue after a Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation grant. The foundation renewed a two-year, $600,000 grant to allow the Side Effects team to continue coverage of public health issues. 

  • Justice Department Partners With Anderson University

    Anderson University has inked a partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice. Under the deal, the school will coordinate internships and work-study programs to prevent violent crime in a partnership with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana. Anderson University students will receive academic credit and will also work with public information officers in the U.S. Attorneys Office to gather and disseminate information to...

  • Nelbud Makes Another Acquisition

    Indianapolis-based Nelbud Services Group, Inc. has completed their acquisition of Fire Pro’s Inc’s Indiana Fire Protection Division. The rebranding of the companies Indiana Fire Protection assets will expand Nelbud's service capabilities in the Midwest. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  President and chief executive officer Michael Crafton says Fire Pro's customer base and their consistent quality were factors in the acquisition.  

  • Indiana Water Projects Receive Federal Funding

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $1.2 billion to rebuild and upgrade rural water infrastructure and five Indiana projects are included. USDA is providing financing for 234 projects included in the Water and Waste Disposal and Grant Program. Funding can be used for stormwater drainage, drinking water, and waste disposal projects in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.  

  • (photo courtesy of Mascot Hall of Fame)

    Mascot Hall of Fame Hires Executive Director

    As finishing touches are underway on the Mascot Hall of Fame an executive director and full-time staff have been hired. Orestes Hernandez will serve as executive director of the Whiting-based museum. Hernandez formerly was vice president of business development at the Coral Gables Museum near Miami. He also worked over 15 years with the Miami Marlins and the PGA Tour.  

  • L to R: Stacy Payne Miller, JLI president; Jan Need, JLI grants chair; Margaret Sheehan, Teachers’ Treasures executive director; Maddie Kellner, JLI vice president of community; Patrice Dawson, JLI president-elect

    Junior League of Indianapolis Awards Grants

    Ten central Indiana nonprofit organizations have received support from the Junior League of Indianapolis. JLI members present applicants for the funding and award the support after a pitch competition. The Community Assistance Grants of up to $50,000 are awarded after members vote on applicants who best support preparing students for academic success.

  • IDVA Director Resigns Amid Controversy

    The director of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs has resigned. Jim Brown submitted his resignation following an investigation by the Indianapolis Star, which reported complaints about Brown's alleged misappropriation of funds from the Military Family Relief Fund. The publication reports department employees received more than the $2,500 cap for assistance, and also received the money more quickly than veterans who applied for funding. Brown told the...

  • Pacers Bikeshare to Expand

    The Pacers Bikeshare program plans to nearly double in size next year. Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. has announced it's seeking final public comment on the plan to add 23 new bikeshare stations and about 275 bikes by summer 2019. The federal grant-funded expansion would provide bikeshare access to Indianapolis neighborhoods along the city's network of greenways, Garfield and Riverside Parks and to Broad Ripple along the Monon Trail. 

  • Thor Profit Sees Sharp Drop in Q1

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) is reporting fiscal first quarter net income of $14 million, down from $128 million during the same period last year. The recreational vehicle manufacturer says the drop is due in part to efforts to balance production with market demand and acquisition-related expenses.

  • (photo courtesy of Union Institute & University)

    Ivy Tech Signs New Transfer Agreement

    Ivy Tech Community College has entered into a transfer agreement with Union Institute & University in Ohio to allow students to easily transition from an associate degree to a bachelor's degree.  The agreement calls for Ivy Tech students who transfer to an UI&U undergraduate program to receive a $100 discount per credit hour scholarship for the first 30 credit hours up to $3,000. Phi Theta Kappa members would receive an extra first semester $500 scholarship. 

  • Pro Football Returning to Fort Wayne

    The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will once again host indoor professional football. Our partners at WOWO radio report coliseum board members have officially signed a three-year deal with the National Gridiron League.

  • Valpo to Add Another Doctoral Degree

    Valparaiso University's College of Nursing and Health Professions will offer more degree programs in the summer 2019. The university has developed an online, post-professional, occupational therapy doctoral program. The online degree includes 32 credits for master's degree holders and 42 credits for those with a bachelor's. The new doctoral degree will be the university's second after it added a doctor of nursing practice. The new doctorate will prepare occupation...

  • Senior-Serving Nonprofits Receive Grants

    A special interest fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation has awarded over $750,000 in grants to 24 nonprofit organizations. The Central Indiana Senior Fund advisory board chose organizations that create opportunities for seniors. The grants will support efforts to provide food, transportation and shelter, along with health and wellness programs, affordable housing and initiatives to increase seniors social interactions.  

  • Small Business Lender of the Year Named

    The Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corporation has named The Farmers Bank of Frankfort as Indiana's Small Business Lender of the year. The distinction goes to the Indiana bank allocating the biggest percentage of its deposits to US Small Business Administration 504 loans. Farmers Bank senior vice president Bradley Cunningham accepted the award at the ISCDC annual meeting Tuesday night in Indianapolis. 

  • (photo courtesy Reid Health)

    Reid Health Auxiliary Makes Record Contribution

    Reid Health Auxiliary has made its largest ever annual donation after successful year-round fundraising by volunteers. The Auxiliary made a recent contribution of $275,000 to Reid Health Foundation. This year's donation was helped by special sales and proceeds from the hospital gift shop, Ginkgo Boutique. The Auxiliary has now donated over $3.5 million to the Reid Health Foundation since 1948. 

  • IU School of Medicine Physician Receives DOD Grant

    Treatment responses for patients with metastatic bone cancer are the focus of work that has garnered an IU endocrinologist a $1.2 million Department of Defense grant. Theresa Guise will use the funding to try to understand several events that decrease quality of life for patients being treated for the disease. Guise wants to find the role of the cellular environment of the tumor-bone on the patients ability to metabolize glucose and how a high-fat diet plays a part.  

  • Indianapolis Indians Set Charitable Giving Record

    The Indianapolis Indians have finished the fiscal year with another franchise record for charitable giving. Combining in-kind contributions and monetary donation, over $560,000 was given by the team to community organizations, which is the first time in team history that contributions exceeded a half-million dollars. 

  • Notre Dame Taps Author, Speechwriter For Commencement

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  • Wildwood Nature Preserve (photo courtesy of ACRES Land Trust)

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  • Etchison appeared on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick in 2017.

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  • The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is in its 82nd season

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  • George Robertson (photo courtesy Kosciusko County Economic Development Corp.)

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  • Brenda Myers (left) and Emily Mack talked about the plan on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

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  • The Startup Ladies launched in 2014.

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