• (Image of Papa John's founder John Schnatter delivering the 2015 Spring Commencement Address courtesy of Ball State University.)

    Ball State Reverses Decision on Schnatter

    The Ball State University Board of Trustees has changed its tune on removing the name of Papa John's International Inc. (Nasdaq: PZZA) founder John Schnatter from the university's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise. During a special meeting Thursday, the board also voted to return the $3.25 million grant awarded by the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation in 2016. The board voted 8-1 with trustee Jean Ann Jean Ann Harcourt providing the sole "no" vote.

  • Figuro3D is headquartered at Notre Dame's Innovation Park. (photo courtesy Figuro3D)

    South Bend Startup Partners With Elkhart Plastics

    A South Bend-based 3D digital imaging company founded by scientists from the University of Notre Dame has launched a partnership with Elkhart Plastics. Figuro3D, which makes 3D scanners used in manufacturing, says the collaboration will help the company focus its development efforts. 

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    Rural Broadband at Center of New State Position

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has named Scott Rudd as the state's new director of broadband opportunities. Crouch says Rudd will work closely with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help farmers and farm businesses keep up with advancing technology and help rural communities find ways to attract reliable and affordable high-speed Internet. Rudd, who most recently served as town manager and...

  • Taxman Brewing Co. is headquartered in Bargersville.

    Taxman, Metazoa Winners in 'World Beer Awards'

    Two Indiana breweries have received recognition from an international beer competition. The World Beer Awards honors "the very best internationally-recognized beer styles" through a series of judged tasting rounds in multiple locations throughout North America, South America and Europe. Bargersville-based Taxman Brewing Co. and Metazoa Brewing Co. of Indianapolis were named style winners in their respective categories. The two breweries were also ranked tops in the U.S. for...

  • Survey: Indiana Farmland Values Rise

    A survey published earlier this month in the Purdue Agricultural Economics Report shows farmland values and cash rents throughout the state rose slightly this year. Purdue Agricultural Economics Professor Craig Dobbins says the June 2018 Purdue Land Value Survey aims to help people have an idea of what is happening in the farmland market.

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    ETHOS Center Boosts STEM Learning For Students, Teachers

    Students and teachers returning to class in Elkhart County have a new destination for science, technology, engineering and math learning opportunities. The $8.2 million ETHOS Innovation Center, which opened in April, is a hands-on museum and learning space located at a former Bayer Corp. pharmaceutical facility in Elkhart. The center features science camps in the summer months, during spring and fall breaks, after school and for field trips, as well as...

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    Butler Sets Another Freshman Class Record

    Butler University will welcome another record-setting freshman class as classes begin next week. The university says 1,336 first-year students will descend on the Indianapolis campus, marking its largest class for the second time in three years.

  • The affected positions are at the FedEx Indy Hub at the Indianapolis International Airport.

    Security Company Announces Layoffs at FedEx Hub

    Indianapolis-based security company Andy Frain Services Inc. has announced plans to lay off nearly 150 workers at the FedEx Indy Hub facility at the Indianapolis International Airport. In a notice to the state, the company says the layoffs are due the termination of a contract for its security services.

  • McKinney: Countries 'Getting The Message' on Tariffs

    Former Indiana Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney says he's "bullish" that some of the steel and aluminum tariff issues that have fueled trade tensions could "sunset" in the coming weeks and months as countries negotiate with the United States. McKinney, who now serves as U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, says China has caused many of the trade issues through overproduction and "cheatin...

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    U.S. Steel 'Renaissance' Spurs $750M Gary Works Investment

    Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) has announced a $750 million investment in its Gary Works operations. The company says the funds are part of a $2 billion asset revitalization effort that will take place over the next five years. Last year, U.S. Steel detailed plans that involved pumping $35 million into Gary Works, which followed the $23 million first phase of its Hot Strip Mill Restoration Plan. The latest investment, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says...

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    Indiana Dunes National Park Bill Finds Opposition

    A bipartisan effort to designate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as a national park is receiving opposition from the Trump administration. In written testimony released Wednesday, Deputy Director Daniel Smith says the redesignation "would be inconsistent with the National Park Services' naming conventions for different types of park units."

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    Former Congressman Leading ISU Board

    Ed Pease has been named chair of the Indiana State University Board of Trustees. The former Indiana 7th District Congressman has been a member of his alma mater's board for 10 years. Pease is now a consultant with Rolls-Royce North America after serving as senior vice president. The transition, ISU says, will allow Pease to move to Terre Haute full-time and return from Washington D.C. Pease has been vice chair of the board for the last three years. His time as president will cover...

  • Emergency Repairs On Way for Muncie Fieldhouse

    The Muncie Community School Board has taken emergency action to repair the storm-damaged Muncie Fieldhouse. The 1928-built arena was heavily damaged in a storm in November of last year. The Star Press reports the newly-elected school board approved emergency repairs at its Tuesday meeting, which means the historic landmark can be repaired without advertising for competitive bids, but the district is seeking quotes. A line of storms tore a hole in the roof, rupturing water lines,...
  • (Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway) Lexi Thompson won the inaugural event in 2017.

    IWiT Brings Some of World's Best Golfers

    The 2018 Indy Women in Tech LPGA Championship gets underway Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Brickyard Crossing Golf Course. The event, which features 144 golfers from throughout the world, debuted last year and will feature $2 million in prize money. Lexi Thompson won the 2017 tournament and earned $300,000. The four-day event is a partnership with the Indy Women in Tech Foundation, which aims to...

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    Economic Development Announcement Set For Gary

    An economic development announcement is set for Thursday in northwest Indiana. Governor Eric Holcomb and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will join executives from Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) for the event.

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    Fort Wayne Radio Icon Butcher Passes Away

    A fixture in the Fort Wayne radio scene has passed away. Charly Butcher spent more than 30 years in Fort Wayne radio with a successful morning show on WMEE-FM and, most recently, as host of "Fort Wayne's Morning News" on WOWO radio. Butcher was 61. Butcher was part of WMEE's popular "Those Two Guys In The Morning" show with Tony Richards in the 1980s. He joined WOWO in the mid-2000s as host of "Fort Wayne's Morning News With Charly Butcher."

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    Indiana Assistance Brigade Commander Selected

    The Indiana National Guard has named the first commander for the state's 54th Security Force Assistance Brigade. Col. Jeff Hackett, who has served as director of plans, training and operations since September 2017, will be the first to lead the newly-created unit.

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    Pacers, Lexus Detail Multi-Year Partnership

    A high-profile section of Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will have a new name. Luxury automobile company Lexus has signed a five-year agreement to be title sponsor of The Lexus Loft, formerly the Sells Group Loft. The section is located on the Krieg DeVault Club Level and features 104 seats and amenities like digital monitors, upgraded chairs, charging stations and exclusive dining and bar access. It includes 12 theater boxes, which are like mini-suites, and...

  • Dale Jr. Tapped to Drive 400 Pace Car

    A NASCAR legend will lead the field for the 25th running of the Brickyard 400. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who retired in 2017, will drive the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to start the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • The company is now headquartered in the Purdue Technology Center Aerospace building. (photo courtesy Purdue University)

    CINDAS Relocates to Purdue Aerospace District

    A private company that compiles data on materials properties and aerospace structural metals has relocated to the Purdue Research Park Aerospace District. CINDAS LLC owners Frank and Patricia Mason says the move into the Purdue Technology Center Aerospace building is the latest sign of the company's growth.

  • The building will be converted to the Aloft Indianapolis Downtown

    Historic Downtown Indy Building to Become Hotel

    A hotel owner and operator with offices in Columbus and New York has acquired a historic building in downtown Indianapolis. Everwood Hospitality Partners says it has invested $5 million to acquire the former Stockyards Bank Building and plans to invest an additional $13 million to transform the building into a 128-room hotel. The 12-story building, which was built in 1898, will become the Aloft Indianapolis Downtown. Renovation work is expected to begin in the...

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    Buttigieg Favors Downtown For Train Station Relocation

    South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says plans to relocate the city's current South Shore Line location at the South Bend International Airport need "a sense of direction." A study released in April suggests a potential downtown location would cost over $100 million -- the most of any of the five proposed sites -- but would have the highest upside in terms of economic impact. The move is part of a long-term series of efforts aimed at reducing commute times on the rail route...

  • Dupont Hospital Earns First-in-State Accreditation

    Fort Wayne-based Lutheran Health Network says one of its hospitals has become the first facility in the state to receive a special designation for the care of senior patients. The American College of Emergency Physicians has accredited the ER at Dupont Hospital as a Geriatric Emergency Department.

  • I-69 construction delayed in Bloomington

    I-69 Delays Causing More Bloomington Traffic Problems

    Construction to complete section 5 of I-69 will take longer than expected and will impact students returning to IU. The "substantial completion" date for the stretch of interstate was August 31, but INDOT officials now say despite an accelerated schedule of 16-hour work days and six-day work weeks, the work won't be done for several more weeks.  INDOT says the construction will pose challenges for drivers in and around Bloomington through the end of the ...

  • Create Indy includes the Film Indy and Music City strategies.

    Hogsett Unveils 'Create Indy'

    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has launched a comprehensive effort aimed at making Indianapolis an arts and culture hub. Create Indy combines the city's music and film strategies with new grants to support design, media and food projects as well as strategic planning efforts. One of the new grants will target emerging cultural economies" that often do not quality for traditional funding sources. Individuals and organizations can apply for up to $10,000 each.

  • Notre Dame is the highest-ranking Indiana school.

    Hoosier Schools Among 'Best Colleges in America'

    Nearly two dozen Hoosier institutions are included in MONEY magazine's rankings of the Best Colleges in America. More than 700 schools are on the list, which was determined by a number of factors in three categories, including quality of education, affordability, and outcomes.

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

    Fort Wayne Riverfront Contract Pulled

    A proposed $2.5 million contract for the design work for the next two phases of the Riverfront Fort Wayne project has been pulled. Our partners at WPTA-TV report the Fort Wayne City Council withdrew the contract, which was set to go to Philadelphia-based DAVID RUBIN Land Collective.

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    'Major Renovations' Underway at WonderLab

    WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington is in the midst of multiple construction projects. The $250,000 work includes adding a new dedicated gallery called Science Sprouts Place designed for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. WonderLab will be closed through August 23 for other "spiff up" efforts including additions to the Coral Reef Aquarium exhibit and renovations to its second floor where a hot air balloon exhibit was previously featured.

  • Chandan Sen will serve as the inaugural director of the center. (photo courtesy IU School of Medicine)

    IU Center to Focus on Regenerative Medicine

    The Indiana University School of Medicine has announced plans for a new center focused on regenerative medicine. IU will invest more than $20 million over the next five years to establish the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, specializing in what the university says is a rapidly-developing field. The center will be led by Chandan Sen, who previously served as director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies at Ohio State University.

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    Indy Airport Poised For Another Record Year

    A new report shows the Indianapolis International Airport is on pace to break last year's passenger traffic record. Through the first half of the year, the Indianapolis Airport Authority says passenger totals have risen 7 percent on the backs of record-breaking April, May and June traffic figures. In 2017, 8.77 million passengers flew through IND. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Executive Director Mario Rodriguez attributed the increases to...

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    Work to Begin on Power Plant-to-Data Center Project

    Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott and Governor Eric Holcomb will take part in a groundbreaking Wednesday on a $40 million industrial redevelopment project. Indiana NAP is a venture created to transform the former State Line Generating Facility in the Lake County city into the Digital Crossroads of America Data Center. In an interview featured in July in our quarterly INPower energy innovation publication, Indianapolis attorney Tom Dakich, who is co-leading the effort, said he expects...

  • Saujani founded Girls Who Code with the goal of bridging the technology gender gap.

    Girls Who Code Founder Seeks 'Future Female Talent'

    The founder of Girls Who Code says she sees good signs in Indianapolis when it comes to getting more girls into technology. However, Reshma Saujani says, for real change to take hold, "the way we raise our girls has to change." During her keynote address at Tuesday's Indy Women in Tech Summit, Saujani said girls need to be encouraged to be risk-takers willing to fail, rather than being overly-coddled and protected. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary...

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    Hoosier Companies Part of Inc. 5000

    An annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the country includes 63 Hoosier businesses. Greenwood-based The Garrett Companies is again tops among Indiana companies on the Inc. 5000 list, breaking into the top 10 in the U.S. for the first time. Its number 10 national ranking is the highest for an Indiana-based business since 2016 when eLuxurySupply.com in Evansville placed fourth.

  • Wendy Dant Chesser is the CEO of One Southern Indiana.

    1si Details New Strategic Plan

    During its annual meeting in Tuesday in Harrison County, One Southern Indiana unveiled its new strategic plan. Chief Executive Officer Wendy Dant Chesser says 1si Strategic Plan - 2020 and Beyond will help chart the course to "better meet the changing needs of the business community."

  • Kathleen Unroe is the founder of Care Revolution. (photo courtesy Indiana University)

    Medical Startup Seeks to Support Nursing Home Patients

    An associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine has launched a startup aimed at changing how nursing homes care for long-stay residents. Kathleen Unroe says Care Revolution's goal is to reduce the number of unnecessary transfers from nursing homes to hospitals.

  • The new power plant would be built at the site of the A.B. Brown plant in Posey County.

    OUCC Calls For Denial of Vectren Power Plant Plan

    The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is recommending the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission deny a plan by Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) to build a new natural gas power plant in Posey County. The OUCC has filed testimony stating Vectren "has not fully evaluated all viable options" for meeting the future needs of customers. Vectren first announced the nearly $900 million plans for the new power plant in February. The facility would be built...

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    Hoosier Lottery Hits Record State Contribution

    The Hoosier Lottery has set a new record for the amount of money transferred to the state. Lottery officials say the state received $306 million for the last fiscal year, which comes from record lottery sales of $1.27 billion. 

  • (Image of Casey Gauss courtesy of Viral Launch.)

    As Growth Picks Up, Viral Launch Adds Experienced COO

    Indianapolis-based Viral Launch Chief Executive Officer Casey Gauss says he is satisfied with progress on the company's growth plans and the addition of a veteran operations executive will help keep things on-track. Mitch Black, who most recently served as CEO of Bloomington-based Author Solutions LLC, has been named president and chief operating officer. The company, which advises customers on how to sell their products through Amazon, currently employs...

  • Evansville's Rathbone home to be renovated into multiuse facility (photo courtesy of Historic Evansville)

    Evansville's Rathbone to be Reborn

    Evansville city leaders have announced plans to renovate the historic Rathbone into a mixed-use development. The property closed a year ago after operating as an assisted living facility since 1906. The property was originally founded by Kate and Caroline Rathbone as a home for elderly women in 1905, after being built in 1896, and officially became the Rathbone Retirement Community in 1988. The renovation includes 58 modernized apartments, banquet space and a rooftop lounge...

  • USDA program funds Royal Center sewer project

    Royal Center Receives Federal Wastewater Funding

    The town of Royal Center will get a much needed upgrade to its wastewater system after receiving federal funding for the project. USDA Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program awarded the Cass County town nearly $2 million. 

  • The Indy Women in Tech Championship is set for August 16-19 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Club.

    Hundreds Pack Women in Tech Summit

    The Indy Women in Tech Championship's goal of shining a spotlight on Indy's women tech leaders continues today with the second annual IWiT summit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hundreds are on-hand for this year's event, headlined by Girls Who Code founder and Chief Executive Officer Reshma Saujani. Summit Co-chair M.T. Ray says she hopes today's presentations, panel discussions and report findings will give attendees "actionable takeaways and transparent conversation."

  • Holcomb, IAC Name Governor's Arts Award Recipients

    Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Arts Commission have unveiled the recipients of the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards. The honor recognizes "individuals, organizations, partnerships, businesses, and communities for significant contributions to the arts."

  • TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier

    TechPoint Restructures Advisory Board

    Indiana's technology initiative has announced a restructuring of its advisory board. TechPoint says the new board will expand to include its Class of 2018 member companies and universities. The board now includes a total of 80 organizations.

  • Acquisition Costs Lead to Loss for BASi

    West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI) is reporting a fiscal third quarter net loss of $75,000, compared to net income of $227,000 during the same period last year. Chief Financial Officer Jill Blumhoff says the earnings were negatively affected by costs related to the company's July acquisition of Missouri-based Seventh Wave Laboratories LLC. 

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    Warship Relocation Plans Score Funding

    Plans for the new home of a historic warship in Evansville are moving forward. Our partners at WEHT-TV report the Evansville City Council has approved nearly $3 million for a new dock and welcome center for the LST 325.

  • OrthoPediatrics went public in October 2017. (photo courtesy Nasdaq)

    OrthoPediatrics Growing in Warsaw

    Warsaw-based OrthoPediatrics Corp. (Nasdaq: KIDS) has announced plans to expand its Kosciusko County headquarters. The medical device manufacturer says it will invest $1 million to double the size of its existing warehouse and adding office space and dedicated training and education facilities.

  • Commission OKs Electric Works TIF District

    A new tax increment financing district that includes the proposed Electric Works project in Fort Wayne has received approval from the city's redevelopment commission. The Journal Gazette reports the funds captured by the district would help cover more than $7 million in future infrastructure work in and around the former General Electric campus. Prior to the commission meeting Monday, the city announced...

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    Fort Wayne Awards Grants to Nonprofits

    The city of Fort Wayne is awarding $180,000 in grants to 10 local nonprofits. The funding, which comes from the city's federal Community Development Block Grant program, will be used for various services for low and moderate-income residents, including employment skills, language translation and interpretation as well as youth development.

  • Lou Moneymaker started at Bosma Enterprises in 2001.

    Longtime Bosma Enterprises Chief Details Retirement

    After 17 years as chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises, Lou Moneymaker has announced retirement plans. His last day leading the nonprofit that works to help Hoosiers who are blind or visually-impaired will be July 31. Prior to arriving at Bosma, Moneymaker spent 32 years in roles ranging from teacher to coach to dean of students at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Indianapolis.

  • McDonald's Investing Tens of Millions Into Indiana Stores

    The owner of multiple McDonald's locations in Michiana says major modernization investments by the parent corporation and individual franchisees will create jobs throughout the state. Mishawaka-based Greater Indiana Operators Co-op President David Sparks says, of the more than 350 McDonald's locations in Indiana, over 270 will receive work that includes interior and exterior makeovers, additional digital menu technology and self-ordering kiosks.

  • The two-day event took place in downtown Indianapolis.

    Inaugural Summit Highlights 'Value of Water'

    Organizers of the inaugural Indiana Water Summit say acting like "the grownups in the room" will allow Indiana to create a sustainable water plan to deal with increasing personal and industry demand. White River Alliance Executive Director Jill Hoffman says, as a manufacturing- and agriculture-heavy state, Indiana is among the nation's leaders when it comes to depending on water for economic growth. Monday's summit in Indianapolis covered topics ranging from...

  • IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis is the top-ranked Hoosier facility.

    Indiana Hospitals Listed Among Best in U.S.

    Several Indiana hospitals are included in this year's list of the best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranks the hospitals on a state-by-state basis in addition to specialty categories, such as cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, and geriatrics. 

  • Naoki Ito serves as the Consul-General of Japan in Chicago.

    Japanese Commerce Official Returning to Columbus

    The Consul-General of Japan in Chicago will be in Bartholomew County Tuesday. Naoki Ito will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Greater Columbus Economic Development Corp. Annual Meeting at The Commons in downtown Columbus. The county is home to 28 Japanese-owned businesses connected to more than 5,500 Indiana jobs. The EDC says Ito will discuss the importance of further developing relationships between Japan and communities throughout the Midwest.

  • The News-Sentinel has partnered with Fort Wayne's morning newspaper, The Journal Gazette, for more than 50 years.

    Fort Wayne Newspaper Lays Off Staff

    A long-running news operation in Fort Wayne has announced many of its employees will be out of work. Our partners at WPTA-TV report, despite the The News-Sentinel staffing decisions, the digital news operation will continue. The newspaper did not specify the number of employees affected by the move. Officials say some "stringers," or freelance reporters, may be used to enhance coverage, according to the station. Reporter Tom Davis, who worked in the...

  • (Images of Bob Erwin and Glenn Scolnik courtesy of Monument MicroCap Partners.)

    New Private Equity Firm Fires Up In Indy

    A team with previous connections to Indianapolis-based Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co. Inc. has launched a private equity firm. Monument MicroCap Partners LLC, which will also be headquartered in Indianapolis, will be led by Chief Executive Officer Bob Erwin. He previously served as managing director of the global private finance unit of Barings LLC.

  • Fort Wayne, Electric Works Developers Continue Talks

    The city of Fort Wayne and RTM Ventures, the developer of the massive Electric Works innovation district, say negotiations on a development agreement for the project are ongoing. Both parties have declined to provide an update to the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission in favor of continuing discussions. The city and RTM were scheduled to give an update to the commission Monday. No further information was released. The joint statement comes two months after...

  • The Hoosier Homestead Award has been bestowed since 1976, more than 5,500 families have received the award.

    Hoosier Homestead Awards Honor Farm Families

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler honored 88 families Friday with the Hoosier Homestead Award. To be eligible for the Hoosier Homestead Award, farms must also consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products annually. There are three categories for the award, including the Centennial Award for 100 years of ownership, the Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years of ownership and the...

  • (L-R) VP Bill Lilegdon, CPO Brandon Ridenour, CTO Ryan Sullivan, Co-Founder Angie Hicks, VP Chris Navta, VP Chris Campbell, COO Craig Smith

    Exec: Angie's List Can Return to Growth

    As Angie's List employees continue to move into their new downtown headquarters, a HomeAdvisor executive is confident it can become "a growth company again." Chief Product Officer Brandon Ridenour says, while the trend started late, consumers are making a "huge migration" from word-of-mouth to online references for home services. Colorado-based HomeAdvisor completed the acquisition of Angie's List last year to create...

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    Charter Communications Cutting Dozens of Indy Jobs

    Connecticut-based Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) says it will cut its customer services department in Indianapolis. In a notice to the state, the telecommunications provider said the decision is expected to affect 84 jobs. The company operates in central Indiana under the Spectrum brand and was previously known as Bright House Networks. Charter Communications says its entire Roosevelt Avenue facility won't be closed, but the customer service department will be.

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    First Marion County Superior Court Appointments Unveiled

    Governor Eric Holcomb has made three appointments to the Marion County Superior Courts. The appointments are the first for the governor following the passage of legislation that allows merit selection of judges in the county, instead of elections. 

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    Indiana Tech in Planning Stages of New Dorm

    Indiana Tech says it is planning to build the first new residence hall on its Fort Wayne campus since 2012. The school says the project is in its planning stages, but ground could be broken in October. Plans call for a four-story building with retail space at street-level and 100 beds in the higher floors. The dormitory is part of Indiana Tech's recently-released strategic plan, which involves...

  • The airline announced the new year-round flight in June. (Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.)

    Frontier Begins San Diego Service

    Frontier Airlines has begun nonstop, year-round service to San Diego from Indianapolis International Airport. Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says the flight brings service to a key destination "that was unserved for years, and has remained underserved until now." The airline announced the new year-round flight in June. It runs twice weekly on Monday and Fridays, and brings the airline's nonstop destination count out of Indianapolis to...

  • The school's Bicentennial Repair and Rehabilitation Plan includes renovation projects in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

    IU Approves Legislative Funding Request

    Indiana University's board of trustees has approved a $232 million legislative capital request for 2019-2021. The request includes five priority projects, including $124 million in what the school calls critically-needed repairs and renovations of existing facilities and infrastructure. The school says its Bicentennial Repair and Rehabilitation Plan will include renovations at research centers and labs in Bloomington and the Health Sciences and Dunlap buildings in Indianapolis. It al...
  • Carpenters Union Members Charged With Embezzlement

    A former member of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters has pleaded guilty to embezzlement from the union's healthcare fund. The U.S. Department of Labor says Luka Kljajic is the 28th member of the union to be charged in federal court for submitting false claims to the fund, which has resulted in nearly $500,000 in restitution being paid to the IKORCC Welfare Fund.

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    Holcomb Details School Safety Recommendations

    Governor Eric Holcomb has released a report detailing recommendations on improving school safety throughout the state. The report was compiled by a working group that included officials from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Education, and other agencies. 

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    Work to Begin on 'Living Laboratory' in Evansville

    Construction is set to begin next week on the largest Regional Cities Initiative project in southwest Indiana. Officials will Monday break ground on the $40 million Post House, a research hub for smart energy technologies in downtown Evansville.

  • Plans for the facility were first announced in January.

    Purdue Fort Wayne, Sweetwater to Dedicate Music Center

    Officials from Purdue University Fort Wayne and Sweetwater Sound will Monday hold a dedication ceremony for the new Purdue Fort Wayne Sweetwater Music Center. The 8,000-square-foot facility, which was first announced in January, will support new majors at the university, including music industry and popular music.

  • State Revenue Totals Rise Slightly

    The State Budget Agency reports monthly revenue totals outpaced expectations by $11.5 million. General Fund revenues in July were $1.17 billion, which is nearly 2 percent higher than the same period last year. The monthly revenue totals were offset by a net loss in corporate tax collections the state says was caused by factors including higher refunds and non-resident partnership withholdings being categorized under individual income instead of corporate income.

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    Pac-Van Adds to Portfolio

    Indianapolis-based Pac-Van Inc. has completed another acquisition. The company, a subsidiary of California-based General Finance Corp. (Nasdaq: GFN) has acquired the storage container, office container and trailer assets from Delmarva Trailer Sales and Rentals Inc. in Maryland.

  • Teachers kick off STEM Fellowship at WonderLab Museum in Bloomington

    Teachers Begin STEM Fellowship

    Eighteen Indiana teachers have begun a yearlong STEM leadership and training program from Regional Opportunity Initiatives. The teachers kicked off the program last week at WonderLab Museum in Bloomington. The educators will participate in professional development activities throughout the school year, including experiential learning, engineering design process and project-based learning. Participating teachers are expected to commit to the same school for at least two...

  • IU Contributions Reach New Heights

    Indiana University is reporting a record year for research and philanthropic giving. In Fiscal 2018, IU received a total of $951.4 million in private donations and external research awards. During a Board of Trustees meeting Friday in Evansville, officials also said the university is within less than $500 million of its $3 billion "For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign" goal.

  • Alan Silva Chosen as Marian University Provost

    Marian University Chooses New Provost

    Marian University has chosen Alan Silva as its new executive vice president and provost. Silva moves to the same position at Marian that he held at St. Catherine University in Minnesota. Silva will serve as the university's chief operating officer, chief academic officer and will oversee budgets, faculty and students. He succeeds Thomas Enneking, who came to Marian 13 years ago.

  • Heartland Foods occupies nearly 860,000 square feet of space in Marion County.

    Heartland Foods Plans Another Expansion

    Carmel-based Heartland Food Products Group is planning to expand production capacity at two of facilities on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The company, which makes sweetener brands such as Splenda and other beverage products, says it will invest $32 million in new production and logistics equipment, creating up to 60 jobs by 2021. Heartland is seeking a 10-year tax abatement for the project, which will be considered next week by the city's Metropolitan Development Commission.

  • USPS to Host Job Fair, Passport Day

    The U.S. Postal Service will Saturday host a job fair in Indianapolis and a Passport Day at more than 50 branches throughout the state. The service says it is looking to fill a variety of part-time and full-time jobs.

  • Summit to Discuss Indiana's Water Issues

    The Indianapolis-based White River Alliance will Sunday kick off a two-day event designed to examine issues facing the state's water resources. The inaugural Indiana Water Summit in downtown Indy will feature topics meant to inform water policy discussions in Indiana.

  • Sigstr was the first company to spin off from the High Alpha venture studio.

    Sigstr Details Growth, New Platform

    The first company to launch from the High Alpha venture studio continues to report solid growth. Indianapolis-based Sigstr says its employee count, customer base and revenue have nearly tripled since this time last year. The email signature marketing platform has also announced a new, artificial intelligence-based relationship marketing platform. A company spokesperson tells Inside INdiana Business Sigstr's employee count has reached nearly 60 and it customer base tops...

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    Fort Wayne Chooses Design Team Lead For Riverfront's Next Phases

    A Philadelphia-based firm familiar in other Hoosier cities has been selected to lead the second and third phases of design and implementation of the Riverfront Fort Wayne project. DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, which has also collaborated on high-profile projects in Indianapolis, Muncie and Columbus, will lead the design team tasked with master planning and other key responsibilities. David Rubin's company will work with...

  • LUNA Language Services Preps 'Culturally-Rich' Partners

    The new president of Indianapolis-based LUNA Language Services says the mission has grown beyond providing language translators over the last 17 years. Marina Waters says the company partners with other businesses as the need increases for work places to adapt to more multicultural environments. LUNA, she says, wants to show "how building a culturally-rich company can help make a case for business growth." Waters believes LUNA could serve as a model for...

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    Construction to Begin Soon For Tipton County Jail

    Officials in Tipton County will later this month break ground on the new Tipton County Jail and Sheriff's Administration Center. The $15.1 million facility is expected to take about 13 months to complete and will replace the existing jail, which is more than 120-years-old.

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    'Next Level Jobs' Program Turns One

    As state leaders continue to work on ways to skill up the workforce, Indiana Career Connections & Talent Secretary Blair Milo joined a contingent traveling to Jefferson County Thursday to observe multiple programs providing post-secondary credit opportunities. The statewide tour, which coincides with the first full year of Governor Eric Holcomb's Next Level Jobs initiative, launched this week to highlight "earn and learn" opportunities like...

  • Launchboxes Let Students Shoot Homework Into Space

    Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics has made Launchboxes available to schools for students to conduct space experiments. The small aluminum boxes have already proven successful in a zero-gravity experiment. Professor Steven Collicott recently finished a two-year project with Cumberland Elementary School second-graders in West Lafayette, in which they used the Launchboxes to send fireflies into space via a Blue Origin rocket. Collicott says the 8 X 4 boxes were f...

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    External Research Funding Increases at Notre Dame

    The University of Notre Dame says research, scholarship and creative endeavor program funding is on the rise. The school says it took in $141.6 million in Fiscal 2018, compared to $138.1 million a year ago. Vice President For Research Robert Bernhard says the funds were received as the university faces a "very competitive environment," which included challenges such as delays on federal grant awards.

  • Holcomb is currently char of JAG's national board of directors.

    JAG Program Continues Statewide Expansion

    A state workforce preparation program that began in 12 schools in 2006 is looking to add 250 more programs throughout the state, beginning with the new academic year. JAG Indiana lets students earn high school credit while receiving career preparation and life skills training. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says, since JAG Indiana launched, more than 20,000 students have taken part. The state says 95 percent of those students have graduated from high school. The goal...
  • Purdue Extension Addressing Opioid Crisis

    Purdue Extension is joining the fight against opioid addiction. The organization, which has offices in every Indiana county, has launched a website to provide information on community-based education programs and resources regarding opioids available to Hoosiers throughout the state. 

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    Hoosier Park Celebrating 25 Years

    One of Indiana's popular racinos will this weekend mark a milestone. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson is hosting its annual Dan Patch Festival to celebrate 25 years of racing.

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    'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Med Center Now Open

    More than seven years after the concept was first imagined, a process involving multiple institutions of higher learning, city and state leaders and the southwest Indiana medical community is complete. The $70 million Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville is now open. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said the campus evokes descriptions such as "enduring, generational (and) once-in-a-lifetime." During a recent interview...

  • Ivy Tech Credentials Surpass Goal

    Ivy Tech Community College is reporting an increase in the completion of credentials among students for the 2017-2018 academic year. The college says it awarded 25,803 certificates, technical certificates and associate degrees to more than 18,000 students, an increase of more than 4,500 credentials over the previous year. The number is also 22 percent higher than the goal from Ivy Tech's 2018 strategic plan. The college says a large portion of the credentials were...

  • Indy Chamber members are in nine central Indiana counties.

    Hispanic-Owned Firms Packing Billion-Dollar Punch

    Hispanic-owned businesses in the Indianapolis area contribute more than $1 billion to the region's economy, according to a new Indiana Business Research Center report. The study, commissioned by the Indy Chamber's Hispanic Business Council, reports nearly 4,900 Hispanic-owned firms employing about 7,300 in the nine-county metro area. IBRC Director Jerry Conover says the numbers reflect the rapid growth of the Latino population in the Indy metro area.

  • Fishers Nickel Plate Trail Rendering (rendering courtesy of City of Fishers)

    Partners Lined Up For Fishers Nickel Plate Trail

    Two firms have been selected to collaborate on a master plan for the Fishers Nickel Plate Trail. NBBJ in Ohio and Indianapolis-based Ex2 Partners will work with the Hamilton County city's Nickel Plate Trail Master Planning Committee on architecture and design elements on the stretch that runs between 96th Street and 146th Street in Hamilton County. NBBJ is an architecture firm headquartered in Seattle and has offices throughout the world. Ex2 Partners will consult the group on...

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    Pokagon Band Presents Gift to Beacon

    The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has awarded a $115,000 gift to South Bend-based Beacon Health System. The donation, which includes proceeds from the 2018 Four Winds Invitational golf tournament, will be used for new equipment for Beacon Children's Hospital and Memorial MedFlight.

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    Johnson Memorial to Close Day Care

    Johnson Memorial Health has announced plans to close its day care facility in Franklin after 30 years. Our partners at the Daily Journal report the health system made the decision on the Discovery Center due to low enrollment.

  • Debt Payments Lead to Loss For Calumet

    Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (Nasdaq: CLMT) is reporting a second quarter net loss of $51.9 million, compared to net income of $9.6 million during the same period last year. The company says the loss is due to debt extinguishment costs, which totaled $58.2 million.

  • Evansville to Dedicate 'Transformative' Medical Campus

    Officials in Evansville will Thursday cut the ribbon on what some are calling a transformational project. Steve Becker, director of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Evansville, says the $70 million Stone Family Center for Health Sciences reflects a regional approach to build something together that could not have been accomplished by one individual entity. Officials broke ground on the four-story, more than 140,000-square-foot facility in October 2015.

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    New NCAA Policies Address Basketball's Integrity

    The Indianapolis-based NCAA has announced what it says are "profound and meaningful changes" to the rules governing college basketball that it says will focus on supporting student-athletes "over every other factor." The adjustments follow incidents -- including FBI-investigated corruption allegations tied to some high-profile programs and coaches -- that prompted actions to "restore the integrity" of the game.

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    Italian Cheese Producers to Launch Plant in Northeast Indiana

    A startup cheese maker has announced $9.5 million plans to locate its facility in Huntington County. Golfo di Napoli Dairy, which will use organic milk from Fair Oaks Farm in northwest Indiana to produce multiple cheese varieties, says it will create 35 jobs over the next two years. Production in Warren is expected to begin in February. The owners and operators of the new plant, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says, are fourth-generation cheese makers from Italy.

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    Marching Bands Take Indy For DCI World Championship

    For the 11th time, Drum Corps International is holding its World Championship Finals in Indianapolis. Visit Indy says the event, which will culminate in a final competition Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, is expected to attract some 30,000 attendees. DCI has held 109 shows throughout the summer in 37 states. Nearly four dozen teams are competing for titles in Open Class, World Class and International Class groups. Thursday will feature...

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

    Despite Net Loss, OrthoPediatrics Hits Record Revenue

    Warsaw-based OrthoPediatrics Corp. (Nasdaq: KIDS) is reporting a second quarter net loss of $2.7 million, compared to a loss of $1.3 million during the same period last year. However, the pediatric medical device company is also reporting record quarterly revenue of $15.1 million.

  • ClearObject in Fishers is the highest-ranked Indiana company.

    Hoosier Tech Companies Make 'Fast Growth' List

    Three central Indiana tech companies are included on CRN magazine's 2018 Fast Growth 150 list. The publication ranks companies with gross annual sales of at least $1 million by their growth rate between 2015 and 2017. 

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    Mayor: New Customs Facility Opens More Doors For Gary

    The mayor of Gary believes the opening of a United States Customs and Border Protection facility at the Gary/Chicago International Airport could help open the door for additional developments, travel options and logistical opportunities. Karen Freeman-Wilson says existing tenants like B. Coleman Aviation and Gary Jet Center will benefit, as will potential commercial carriers that might look to fly internationally. The facility allows users to clear customs at GYY, instead of...

  • The plant was built in 1997.

    Soybean Processing Plant Expansion Complete

    The New Orleans-based Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. has completed the $32 million expansion of its soybean processing facility at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon. The company says the effort will increase servicing opportunities for Indiana soybean farmers and increase product supply for agribusiness customers.

  • Salesforce currently has about 1,000 employees in the Indianapolis area and more than 20,000 worldwide.

    Salesforce Begins Pathfinder, Reorganization Efforts

    Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) is underway with the first cohort of its Pathfinder Training Program that is part of the tech giant's ongoing Indianapolis growth. The company is partnering with Deloitte to provide business and technical training to Ivy Tech Community College students and Hoosier veterans looking to become Salesforce administrators and developers. The program comes as the company realigns its Marketing Cloud organization. In a statement, Salesforce says it...

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    Former Owner of Straw Manufacturer Optimistic About Prospects

    The former owner of Aardvark Straws in Fort Wayne says his company is "very bullish" on the future of its remaining divisions. Indianapolis-based Precision Products Group Inc., which closed on a deal Monday to sell the paper straw manufacturer, also owns Paramount Tube in Fort Wayne, Euclid Medical Products in northern Ohio and Huizhou Fusheng Insulation Materials Co. Ltd. in China. PPG Chief Executive Officer and largest-single shareholder Dave Hooe says...

  • Messer to Host Job Fair in Lawrenceburg

    Congressman Luke Messer (R-06) will Thursday host a job fair in Dearborn County. The event at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Lawrenceburg will be free and open to the public, with a special emphasis on U.S. military veterans.

  • DePauw University on Condè Nast list of most beautiful university campuses

    Three Indiana Universities on 50 Most Beautiful List

    Condè Nast has chosen the 50 most beautiful university campuses in the country, and Indiana is represented well. The publication's editors compiled the list comprised of universities from 21 states and the District of Columbia. Indiana placed three universities on the list- DePauw University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. The publication touted one of DePauw's oldest and likely most recognizable buildings, East College, which is listed on the National Re...

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    Logistics Industry Boot Camps Focus on Future

    A logistics industry nonprofit headquartered in Indianapolis is taking a page from the technology industry to prepare the next generation of the workforce. The National Transportation Center recently wrapped up its first-ever, four-day boot camp and says more of the intensive training events are being developed. The boot camp involved site visits, networking opportunities and job skills instruction. NTC Chief Business Officer Tom Weisenbach says...

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    New Owners Plan Training Center in Old School

    The East Allen County Schools board has accepted a $175,000 offer for the former Hoagland Elementary School. The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne reports plans from the buyer, H1 Elite Investment Group, involve transforming the building into a residential and commercial construction training center. The board had been seeking a higher amount for the school, but over the last seven weeks, approved steps to allow less to be accepted. The district closed the school, which was also known as...
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    Gary Airport to Unveil Customs Facility

    Officials in northwest Indiana will today celebrate the grand opening of the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The facility is part of efforts by the airport to secure incoming international flights.

  • A sculpture is scanned as part of the process to digitize the art in 3D. (photo courtesy Indiana University)

    IU, Museum Partnership Bears First Fruit

    A partnership announced two years ago between Indiana University and the Uffizi Gallery in Italy is starting to show some results. The partners have unveiled a website that allows users to view more than 300 ancient artifacts and sculptures from the museum's collection in 3D.

  • Skyline Champion Swings to Loss

    Elkhart-based Skyline Champion Corp. (NYSE: SKY) is reporting a fiscal first quarter net loss of $853,000, compared to net income of $5.2 million during the same period last year. The results are the first for the company since completing the merger between Skyline Corp. and Michigan-based Champion Enterprise Holdings LLC in June.

  • Chelsea Linder is executive director of gBETA Indy.

    Hoosier Tech Scene to be on Display in San Fran

    The state and eight young companies that make up its growing technology scene will be showcased next month as part of a high-profile industry event in California. The TechCrunch Disrupt SF Conference will draw marketers, job seekers, founders and investors from the nearby Silicon Valley and beyond to the three-day gathering. The IEDC and startup accelerator gener8tor are partnering on an Indiana-focused pavilion in the conference's Startup Alley.

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    PCKA, Purdue Researchers Earn Boost From NASA

    An Indiana company partnering with Purdue University researchers has received a second round of funding from NASA through its Small Business Technology Transfer program. West Lafayette-based PC Krause and Associates Inc. will receive up to $750,000 over the next four years to develop a component for "mission-critical" microgrids for the agency. In a technical abstract, PCKA describes its Autonomous Power Controller as a part...

  • (Image courtesy of the Rush County ECDC) Trane is one of several Rush County employers supporting the billboard campaign.

    Rush County Aims to Keep More Workers In-County

    Rush County employers and the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corp. are partnering on an initiative designed to fill local job openings with local employees. A three-month billboard campaign has launched, targeting more than 3,000 workers in the county who commute outside its borders for jobs. The billboards are located along I-74, U.S. 52 and State Road 3 to draw the attention of commuters heading to the four outside counties that employ the largest number of...

  • NiSource is headquartered in Merillville.

    NiSource Swings to Q2 Profit

    Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is reporting second quarter net income of $23.2 million, compared to a net loss of $44.4 million during the same period last year. The utility says efforts to address cash and credit issues related to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contributed to the earnings.

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    New Dean For New School at IU Northwest

    Indiana University Northwest has appointed a dean for its newest school. David Klamen, who will lead the School of Arts, previously served the Gary campus in various roles for more than 20 years before leaving for a position on the East Coast two years ago. Klamen is represented by studios in New York and Los Angeles and his work has been exhibited in collections at...

  • Sen. Joe Donnelly (right) toured the new facility Tuesday.

    Ivy Tech to Open Precision Ag Facility

    Ivy Tech Community College in Terre Haute will Wednesday cut the ribbon on the new home of its Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology program. The college says the Center of Excellence Laboratory space will provide students with real-world, hands-on learning opportunities.

  • Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch

    Crouch Appoints Main Street Council Members

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has made nine appointments to the Indiana Main Street Council. The council is designed to advise and assist the Indiana Main Street program, which encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas of cities and towns throughout the state.

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    Finish Line, Boys & Girls Clubs Partner on Workforce

    The Finish Line Youth Foundation in Indianapolis is teaming up with the Atlanta-based Boys & Girls Clubs of America on a new workforce initiative. The organization says the partnership will provide hands-on career exploration to give kids and teens a behind-the-scenes look at a potential first job.

  • Trade Concerns Cause Drop in Ag Producer Confidence

    Concerns about an increasing trade war and falling commodity prices have led to a sharp drop in agriculture producer sentiment. The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell 26 points in July, marking the largest one-month decline since October 2015, when data began to be collected.

  • Vance is also a partner in Steve Case's venture capital company Revolution.

    Author Vance to Headline Chamber Awards Dinner

    A New York Times best-selling author and CNN contributor will headline the Indiana chamber of Commerce's 29th Annual Awards Dinner in November. J.D. Vance, whose book "Hillbilly Elegy" focuses on the challenges of growing up surrounded by poverty, substance abuse and industry decline. Vance says he believes his story, depicting his own life growing up in Appalachia, has resonated with readers who believed "there weren't a whole lot of stories out...

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    AquaBounty Awaiting FDA OK on Imported Fish Eggs

    Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) has detailed alternatives for the full production plans it has for its aquaculture production operation in east central Indiana. The company says a U.S. Food and Drug Administration order is preventing the company from importing its AquAdvantage brand salmon eggs from Canada because of an Import Alert. AquaBounty is awaiting the FDA's final labeling guidance for the salmon that would be produced...

  • Columbus Distribution Company Acquired

    Illinois-based L&W Supply Corp. has acquired an interior building products distributor in Columbus. Financial terms of the deal for Rose & Walker Supply, which has five branches throughout the state, have not been disclosed. 

  • Damien Center Names New CEO

    The board of directors for the Indianapolis-based Damien Center has named a new chief executive officer. Alan Witchey joins the nonprofit organization after serving as executive director for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention of Greater Indianapolis.

  • Rushville Seeking to Fund City Center Marquee

    Rushville is nearly complete with construction of a new City Center, but is now fundraising to build a marquee for the multipurpose attraction. The city's downtown Masonic Temple is being transformed into a new City Hall, movie theater, Ivy Tech classrooms and more.  The 104 year old lodge will include the Mayor's office, and offices of city departments such as public works, which will allow residents to pay bills and receive permits in a centralized spot. Th...
  • Ivy Tech Names Workforce Partnerships VP

    Ivy Tech Community College as selected Anne Valentine as vice president of workforce partnerships. In her new role, Valentine will be responsible for establishing new and managing existing external partnerships, as well as helping fulfill workforce education and training needs.

  • The foundation was established in 1986.

    Fairbanks Foundation Commits $10M to Drug Prevention Programs

    The Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is awarding more than $10 million in grants to support drug prevention programs in schools throughout Marion County. The organization says the funding will impact more than 71,000 K-12 students in over 150 schools. INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 7, 2018) — As the school year begins, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has approved more than $10.2 million to help students across 151 Marion County K-12 schools avoid substance use and...

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    Indiana Bicycle Trails Task Force 'On Target'

    A group designed to provide recommendations to legislators and Governor Eric Holcomb about connectivity among the bike trails in the state says in a midterm report it is "on target" with objectives. The Indiana Bicycle Trails Task Force will next meet in a month as it moves toward a final report that is due to state leadership by next July. Holcomb selected members of the task force, which was approved by the General Assembly and was launched last July.

  • Berry Global Reaches Record Quarterly Sales

    Record sales have driven the quarterly profit of Evansville-based Berry Global Inc. (NYSE: BERY) higher. The plastics manufacturer is reporting fiscal third quarter net income of $110 million, compared to $107 million during the same period a year earlier. Net sales rose 9 percent to $2.1 billion and Chief Executive Officer Tom Salmon says the company also broke quarterly records for operating EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share. Salmon says...

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    Rossi's Indy 500-Winning Car to be Sold

    The car Alexander Rossi drove to victory at the 2016 Indianapolis 500 will hit the auction block later this month. The current owner, Bowen Motorsports, has partnered with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to house the Dallara IndyCar. The IMS Museum says winning rides in the famed race aren't required to be displayed at the attraction, but Bowen Motorsports has written provisions into the sale contract that say the car must be loaned...

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    Fort Wayne Straw Maker Acquired

    Fort Wayne-based Aardvark Straws, which bills itself as the country's only paper straw maker, has been acquired. The new owner, Wisconsin-based Hoffmaster Group Inc., says it plans to "aggressively" boost production in northeast Indiana as a national movement away from plastic straws continues to materialize. Hoffmaster says it has acquired all Aardvark operating rights and one of two Fort Wayne facilities owned by the former parent of Aardvark, Precision Products Group Inc...

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    Indy Losing a Bay Area Nonstop

    Indianapolis International Airport is losing a nonstop flight to San Francisco. Alaska Airlines has informed airport officials that September 30 will be the last day of service for its nonstop route from Indy to San Francisco. Indianapolis will still have three daily nonstops to the tech-rich Bay Area: two from United Airlines to San Francisco and one from Southwest Airlines into Oakland. Officials say Alaska Airlines, which still offers nonstop service from Indy to Seattle, remains...

  • Longtime Bluffton Mayor Won't Run Again

    Bluffton's mayor will not be seeking a seventh term. Ted Ellis, who was first elected mayor in 1995, previously served nine years on the Wells County Council. His current term runs through the end of next year. The Bluffton native is an Indiana University graduate and was a president of the National League of Cities and treasurer of United Cities and Local Governments. Ellis is a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient and is currently...

  • Gen Con says Lucas Oil Stadium will play a big role in its future growth.

    Gen Con Marks Another Record Year

    Gen Con, which wrapped up its four-day run in Indianapolis Sunday, is reporting record four-day badge sales for 2018. President David Hoppe calls the event an "enormous success," with the event boasting more than 60,000 unique attendees and an economic impact of more than $70 million. The gaming convention also reported a 16 percent year-over-year increase in Saturday badge sales, and a 60 percent year-over-year increase for Sunday badge sales. Organizers also say this year...
  • NIRPC Details Long-Term Planning Feedback

    The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission says feedback through public meetings, social media and online surveys has led to some tweaks to its NWI 2050 strategic plan. The organization says it will consider revisions to its vision statement and goals. The staff will next work toward recommending the "critical paths" needed to complete the plans objectives. The plan focuses on...

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    Site Clearing Begins For New Duke Realty HQ

    Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. (NYSE:DRE) says demolition is underway on the site that will serve as its next corporate headquarters. The company will build a four-story building on nearly three acres at the former Champps restaurant Keystone at the Crossing location. The Real Estate Investment Trust is not providing financial details of the project. The Indianapolis City-County Council recently voted to unanimously support nearly $3 million in incentives to Duke Realty.

  • (Image courtesy of IPS/Butler University Laboratory School 60.)

    Demand Prompts Second Lab School's Launch

    Classes are now in session at the Indianapolis Public Schools/Butler University Laboratory Schools, and for the first time, two locations will offer the project-based learning environment. A 250-student waiting list prompted officials to open School 55 seven years after the launch of the original School 60 location. In an April interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Butler College of Education Dean Ena Shelley says the results of the school have exceeded expectations.

  • NSWC Crane is located within Naval Support Activity Crane, one of the largest naval bases in the U.S.

    Purdue@WestGate, NSWC Crane to Showcase Tech

    Purdue@WestGate and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division are looking to feature commercialization-ready technology through a series of regular showcases. Technology Transfer Tuesdays will take place the first Tuesday of each month, beginning this Tuesday. NSWC Crane Technology Transfer Program Manager Brooke Pyne says the events will connect entrepreneurs, researchers and government leaders. She says the showcases will feature the chance for participants to see prototypes and...
  • Niche ranked West Lafayette Schools as best in the state

    Website Ranks Indiana School Districts

    A website that uses quality of life data, Niche, has ranked the top school districts in Indiana. The 2019 Best School Districts rankings are based on analysis of statistics, such as test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, teacher quality, and other factors. Fifty-percent of the tabulated scores were based on SAT/ACT scores and survey responses from students and parents. Niche ranked the West Lafayette School District as best in Indiana with an overall grade of A+. The distr...
  • In an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Ritchie talked about Notre Dame’s increasing engagement in economic development.

    Notre Dame Doubles Down With $25M Fund

    The University of Notre Dame is continuing to put its considerable reputation and influence to work around innovation and entrepreneurship, and Indiana is benefiting. The world-class research institution is this week announcing the creation of a $25 million fund that will target innovative ideas and companies. The school is expected to release details on the effort this week. "This is really groundbreaking for a university as a general (partner)..."

  • Bosma Enterprises Receives Significant Grants

    Bosma Enterprises plans to use two recent grants to expand group training sessions at its rehabilitation center and to provide accessible transportation. Bosma recently was awarded grants from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation.  The $75,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Trust will be used to support their Vision 101 Rehab Program, which is a week-long group training program to read Braille, use adaptive technology...
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    Haynes Overcomes Failed Acquisition For Profit

    Kokomo-based Haynes International Inc. (Nasdaq: HAYN) is reporting fiscal third quarter net income of $700,000, compared to a net loss of $4 million during the same period a year ago. The nickel and cobalt-based alloy manufacturer says the swing to profitability was the first in seven quarters. Interim Chief Executive Officer Michael Shor says the results were driven by increased volume, revenue and margins. Shor took over for Mark Comerford, who announced retirement plans in May.

  • (Image of Mackey Arena courtesy of Purdue University.)

    $10M Donation Supports Purdue Hoops Head Coach

    Purdue University Athletics has received the single-largest gift in its history. Long-time packaged consumer goods industry executive Dick Buell, a 1972 graduate, says his $10 million donation will help the Boilermakers cover the salary of the head men's basketball coach. It will now be called the L. Dick Buell Endowed Head Men’s Basketball Coaching position. Buell previously served as chief executive officer of Florida-based Catalina Marketing Corp. He was also...

  • Jason Konesco is the former CEO of ClearScholar.

    Konesco Joins Perceivant Board

    The co-founder and former chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based ClearScholar Inc. has been appointed to the board of directors of another education technology company. Perceivant CEO Brian Rowe calls Jason Konesco "a leader in the EdTech community." Before launching ClearScholar, which was acquired in June by Texas-based Civitas Learning for an undisclosed sum, Konesco served as CEO of Harrison College in Indianapolis. Rowe adds...

  • The research is set to begin this summer.

    Marian University Lands First NIH Grant

    Marian University has received its first ever funding from the National Institutes of Health. The $300,000 grant will support the College of Osteopathic Medicine's research on the skin condition rosacea, which the school says affects about 16 million Americans. The research, led by associate professor of neuroscience and pharmacology Kristen Metzler-Wilson and physiology professor Thad Wilson, will involve using specialized techniques to measure facial neurovascular...

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    Contract Pharma Facility Slated to Close

    Pennsylvania-based West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. says it plans to close its only Indiana operation. The Frankfort facility, which provides contract manufacturing, custom molding and assembly functions, currently employs 54. The global company says "virtually all" positions in Clinton County will be eliminated after October 1. Layoffs will take place in four groups through the end of November. In a notice to the state, West says the employees affected by the closing will...
  • Thor and Wa-Nee schools worked together to develop the curriculum.

    Thor Launches RV Training Program

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. (NYSE: THO) is partnering with the Indiana State Board of Education and Wa-Nee Community Schools on a vocational training program. The company says the Recreation Vehicle Construction Graduation Pathway will provide high school students  ELKHART, Ind. – Aug. 2, 2018 – Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) is partnering with the Indiana State Board of Education and Wa-Nee Community Schools to empower students through RV vocational...

  • Seko spoke with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman.

    Japanese Minister Talks Tariffs, Hoosier Investment

    A high-ranking Japanese cabinet member says while he believes economic relations between the U.S. and Japan have improved since President Trump took office, ongoing tariff policies could put a halt to that progress. Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko met with Governor Eric Holcomb and executives from Japanese businesses this week during a visit to Indiana. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Seko said while the...

  • Steel Green's founders are all former L.T. Rich Products employees.

    Manufacturing Startup Launches in Lebanon

    A lawn care industry equipment manufacturer has announced plans to begin operations in Lebanon. The founders of Steel Green Manufacturing LLC say the company will specialize in stand-on, zero-turn sprayer and spreader machines. The founders; Scot Jones, Matt Smith, Michael Floyd, Craig Coyner and Brent Mills, are all former employees of L.T. Rich Products Inc., which makes the Z-Spray product. Jones says the group has more than 100 years of combined experience in the...

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    FloSource to Move, Grow in Morgan County

    Martinsville-based FloSource Inc. has announced relocation and growth plans. The company says it will add 10 jobs as a result of the move to Mooresville, which is expected to take place in the middle of next year. FloSource President Amy MacOwan says the current facility is targeted to be acquired as part of the ongoing I-69 expansion between Indianapolis and Evansville.

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    Indiana Sportstalk Celebrates 25th Season

    The 25th season of "the most listened-to sports talk show in the state of Indiana" kicks off Friday night. Network Indiana's Indiana Sports Talk has been hosted by Bob Lovell, an Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster, since its inception. The show features interviews from key figures in high school, college and professional sports, as well as live scoreboard updates. Lovell is a Plainfield High School graduate who has degrees from...

  • (Image of Papa John's founder John Schnatter delivering the 2015 Spring Commencement Address courtesy of Ball State University.)

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  • I-65 bridge rehab projects to be done ahead of schedule

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  • Indiana National Guard helping with Gary demolition projects

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  • The senators say the honor is the highest civilian recognition the U.S. Congress can award.

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  • The offering is expected to represent a less than 20 percent ownership stake in Elanco.

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  • Hughes is taking a position as director of development for Hamilton Center Inc.

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  • (Image of Steven Becker courtesy of IU School of Medicine-Evansville.)

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  • The report was the work of RJL Solutions intern Anna Madden.

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  • Schurz says all journalists from Orange County Publishing have been retained.

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  • (Rendering courtesy of the Mascot Hall of Fame.)

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  • (Bob Schneider photo courtesy of Kimball International Inc.)

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  • (Rendering courtesy of Klipsch Card Athletic Facilities.)

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  • The opening at South Ripley Elementary School is part of the Indiana Rural School Clinic Network's expansion.

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  • The growth, the university says, also includes a 7.5 percent increase in its residential population.

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  • The company reported record quarter net sales of $613 million, up 41 percent from the same quarter last year.

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  • Dan Haight became Shindigz CEO in January 2017.

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  • The foundation says it awards about $7 million annually.

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  • says Seko is the highest-ranking Japanese official to visit Indiana in recent years.

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  • MSD of Decatur Township awarded T-Mobile grant

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  • Governor Eric Holcomb (pictured at the podium) was among the dignitaries in attendance at the grand opening of the Salesforce "Ohana Floor" grand opening.

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  • (Graphic courtesy of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective.)

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  • The event will be at Ivy Tech's Culinary and Conference Center in Indianapolis.

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  • (Image courtesy of the Indiana Association of Regional Councils.)

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  • The organization has launched a survey to develop a branding initiative

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