• Mayors Duke Bennett and Karen Freeman-Wilson spoke to reports Thursday at the Statehouse.

    Mayors: Casino Bill is an Economic Development Issue

    The mayors of Gary and Terre Haute are asking lawmakers to remember the economic development benefits of the gambling bill currently being considered at the Statehouse. Senate Bill 552 would allow one of the Majestic Star riverboat casinos in Gary to move inland to a new downtown location and authorize a new casino in Terre Haute. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett held a press conference Thursday at the Statehouse and said the new casinos would...

  • Skilled Nursing Facility Proposed for Merrillville

    A new $7 million skilled nursing facility has been proposed in Merrillville. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the development would include five residential buildings outfitted with 12 beds, a dining area, beauty salon and spa. 

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    Colts Announce 2019 Regular Season Schedule

    The 2019 NFL schedule is out and the Indianapolis Colts will play in several high-profile games. All three of the Colts’ 2019 primetime games will be on the road against defending division champions. 

  • Former Museum Building to Get New Life

    The former home of the Vigo County Historical Society and Museum will continue to serve as a tourist destination. The Sage Mansion in Terre Haute, which housed the museum for more than 60 years, has new owners who are planning to redevelop the property into a bed and breakfast.

  • Raytheon Awarded Military Contract

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Raytheon Co. in Indianapolis an Air Force contract. The more than $70,475,000  contract calls for engineering services, organic depot stand-up support, interim contract support, and production support of the F-16 Center Display Unit.  

  • Ivy Tech and University of Virginia Announce Transfer Partnership

    Ivy Tech Community College and University of Virginia have announced a new articulation agreement. This agreement allows Ivy Tech students who complete a designated pathway within the Liberal Arts Associate in Arts or Associate in Science program to complete an online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies through the University of Virginia.

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    Munster Tech Company Acquired

    Las Vegas-based security technology company ACRE has announced plans to acquire a Munster-based business. Financial terms of the deal for RS2 Technologies LLC have not been released. ACRE says the acquisition will enhance its strategic expansion plans for strengthening its access control business and product portfolio.

  • During construction, traffic will be diverted.

    Angola Runs for Spot on 'Best Historic Small Town' List

    Angola is representing the Hoosier state as a nominee for Best Historic Small Town for USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Awards. The town is being featured for its Civil War monument and historic movie house.

  • Berry Global is headquartered in Evansville. (photo courtesy of Berry Global)

    Berry Outlines Sustainability Strategy

    Evansville-based Berry Global Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) has announced a new sustainability strategy. The company says the Impact 2025 initiative aims to support its broader sustainability efforts by minimizing product and operational impacts and maximizing positive impacts by engaging partners on key issues.

  • February Housing Starts Down in Indiana

    The U.S. Census Bureau has released statewide totals for building permits issued in February. The report shows that 920 single-family permits were issued, up 8 percent from January with 854 permits. 

  • Purdue Partners With Fortune 500 Companies

    Purdue University is partnering with two Fortune 500 companies, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq CSCO) and Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE LLY), to offer flexible online programs to employees.

  • The Kelley School of Business and School of Public and Environmental Affairs on the IU Bloomington campus. (photo courtesy Indiana University)

    IU Analyst: Indiana Sees Stronger Population Growth in 2018

    The latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau report that Indiana added nearly 31,800 residents in 2018, reaching a total population of 6.69 million. Matt Kinghorn, senior demographic analyst at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business' Indiana Business Research Center, says while population is increasing, the level of growth is still well below that seen during much of the 1990s and 2000s. 

  • Terre Haute Convention Center Rendering

    Terre Haute Convention Center Tax Plan Passes

    The process of finalizing plans for a convention center in downtown Terre Haute has taken a step forward. Our partners at WTHI-TV report the Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission unanimoulsy approved the tax finance plan, which passed this week. 

  • The Vogue opened as a movie house in 1938, then reopened as a nightclub in 1977. (Picture Courtesy: The Vogue)

    New Vogue Owners Plan Enhancements For 'Historic' Venue

    The new owners of the Vogue in Indianapolis say the venue combines their passions inside and outside of their roles as tech entrepreneurs. High Alpha co-founder Eric Tobias and former MOBI executives Scott Kraege and Andrew Davis say they are hoping to increase the frequency and variety of events at the Broad Ripple venue while enhancing the experience for artists and patrons. During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Tobias said he and is partners are also investing in...

  • 2019 'Stellar' Finalists Announced

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch has unveiled the finalists for the 2019 Stellar Communities Program. The four regions selected will receive a planning grant and work with the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University on project alignment and continued planning efforts. Stellar Communities, launched in 2011, is led by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and aims to boost community and economic development and promote local and regional partnerships.

  • (photo courtesy WorkOne Northwest Indiana)

    Job Fair Set For Michigan City

    Officials in LaPorte County will Thursday host the fourth annual Michigan City Community Job Fair. More than 60 employers, universities, training providers, skilled trades and community organizations will be on hand to discuss job opportunities and career paths.

  • (file photo courtesy of Spero Health)

    Spero to Open Jeffersonville Clinic

    Tennessee-based Spero Health Inc. will Thursday celebrate the opening of its outpatient addiction treatment facility in Jeffersonville. The clinic is the organization's third location in Indiana, along with facilities in Indianapolis and Evansville.

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    Lumina Unveils Education Innovation Prize Winners

    The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation has announced the winners of its 2019 Education Innovation Prize challenge. The national competition aims to encourage "development of products and services that can make learning after high school available to more Americans."

  • Purdue Touts New Autism Research Center

    Purdue University says it will expand community programs, resources, collaborations and faculty members researching autism with the development of its new Purdue Autism Research Center. The center has 20 faculty members from the colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Education, Science and Veterinary Medicine.

  • Picture Courtesy: Becknell Industrial

    Becknell Industrial Planning $20M Project

    Carmel-based real estate firm Becknell Industrial is planning to invest nearly $20 million in a speculative facility in Merrillville. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the move comes after the company found a tenant for another property it has in the Lake County city. The publication reports Becknell has an industrial building to the north of the new proposed site. That property is now being leased by Schilli Distribution. Becknell received a 10-year...

  • Eli Lilly and Co. made the America’s Best Employers List

    Hoosier Companies Among 'America’s Best Employers'

    Forbes has released its list of America’s Best Employers for 2019. The Hoosier state was represented on the list by 12 companies, including Eli Lilly and Co., Cook Medical and NiSource among others.

  • Rainer Fischer was named CEO of the IBRI in October 2017.

    IBRI Chief Steps Down, Takes New Role

    The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute has announced Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific and Innovation Officer Rainer Fischer has stepped down from both roles. The institute says Fischer, who came to Indianapolis in 2017, will remain as a senior executive for innovation and discovery. The IBRI did not provide a reason for Fischer's decision to step down. In his new role, Fischer will work to attract new partners for sponsored and contract research, as well as new...

  • More than 1,000 structures at the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant need to be demolished.

    River Ridge Planning Further Growth

    The River Ridge Development Authority in southern Indiana is looking to continue the growth of one of the region's main economic drivers. The organization says it plans to invest more than $315 million over the next two decades in order to complete infrastructure improvements at the River Ridge Commerce Center and prepare parcels for development. Executive Director Jerry Acy says less than 30 percent of the 6,000-acre business park has been built out for development and...

  • Emmet Cohen Named UIndy Artist-in-Residence

    The University of Indianapolis has announced a partnership with the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association to name Emmet Cohen Artist-in-Residence. Cohen will provide lessons to students, teach master classes and host performances for the next two years. 

  • Arts Commission Names On-Ramp Participants

    The Indiana Arts Commission has announced 35 Hoosier artists have been selected to participate in the second annual On-Ramp accelerator program for early career creative entrepreneurs. The artists chosen come from all around the state and are trained in a variety of creative disciplines. 

  • Photo of MAC Device courtesy of Recovery Force

    Fishers Company Lands NIH Grant

    Fishers-based Recovery Force, a med tech innovation company, has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funding will support the development and process of clinically validating its flagship product, the Mobile Active Compressions calf device. 

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    3BG Supply Relocating to The Landing

    Fort Wayne technology and distribution business, 3BG Supply Co., will soon move to the city's newest attraction, The Landing on Columbia Street. 3BG, short for 3 Bald Guys, previously announced they secured a multi-million dollar investment led by Plymouth Group Partners and a co-investment from Elevate Ventures of Indianapolis.  

  • Carly Pearce will be one of the opening acts for the concert.

    Country Stars Join Legends Day Lineup

    The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced two additions to the Firestone Legends Day Concert the day before the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Country music stars Carly Pearce and Clayton Anderson will join headliner Zac Brown Band for the annual event.

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    Holcomb Makes Board Appointments

    Governor Eric Holcomb has made another round of appointments to various boards and commissions, as well as judicial appointments throughout the state. They include the Board of Safety Review, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors, and Oversight Committee on Public Records.

  • Radhika Ravindran (photo courtesy of IUPUI)

    Chatbot Wins IUPUI Competition

    An idea from Radhika Ravindran from over five years ago has won her IUPUI's 2019 JagStart Student Idea Pitch Competition. The master's degree candidate in the School of Informatics and Computing has a younger brother who didn't like reading books but did like sending text messages to friends, prompting her to develop a chatbot to try to pique his interest in reading books. Ravindran's solution, Kibo, uses chatbot technology to make book-reading more like a conversation...

  • Bastian Solutions to Open Westfield Plant

    Officials in Westfield will Wednesday cut the ribbon on a more than $8 million advanced manufacturing facility. Indianapolis-based Bastian Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Toyota Industries Corp. in Japan, announced plans in October 2017 for the plant, which is expected to create nearly 90 jobs this year.

  • Bona Vita's projects in Indiana include the Logansport Hospital Cancer Center and YMCA facilities in Fort Wayne and Kokomo.

    Architecture Firm Opening Fort Wayne HQ

    Bona Vita Architecture will this afternoon officially open its new downtown Fort Wayne headquarters. The company says the move will allow it to add about 15 jobs, more than doubling its current headcount. The architecture firm will hold a ribbon-cutting this morning at 10:30. The company invested more than $100,000 to renovate the building. "This new location will not only facilitate fantastic visibility for our company, but will also allow us to double our workforce in an area...
  • Greene County School Opens Telehealth Clinic

    The Indiana Rural School Clinic Network has expanded its rural telehealth program to the town of Lyons. The new high-tech telehealth clinic opened April 15 to the students of White River Valley Middle School. 

  • Techshot is based in Greenville.

    Techshot Tech Heading to Space Station

    Wednesday's planned launch of an unmanned cargo spacecraft heading for the International Space Station will include materials from a Greenville-based company. Techshot Inc. says the NG-11 resupply mission is the first of what will be the company's most active year in space operations.

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    Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to Host Job Fair

    The Ivy Tech Community College campus in Fort Wayne will Wednesday host an Automotive/Diesel Job Fair. Recruiters from more than 20 automotive and diesel technology companies in the area will be on hand to meet with potential employees.

  • Purdue Global, Kirkwood Detail Transfer Partnership

    Iowa-based Kirkwood Community College and Purdue University Global have announced a partnership that will allow Kirkwood students to transfer to the online university to earn their bachelor’s degrees. Kirkwood says graduates attending Purdue Global will also be eligible for significant tuition reduction. 

  • Notre Dame Faculty Member Wins Pulitzer

    Faculty member, alumnus Carlos Lozada honored with Pulitzer Prize  University of Notre Dame faculty member and alumnus Carlos Lozada has been named the recipient of a 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Lozada has taught a course titled “American Political Journalism” in the University’s Washington, D.C., program since 2009. 

  • Bethel College opened in the fall of 1947.

    Bethel College Adding Majors

    Bethel College plans to launch three new on-campus programs and three online programs in Fall 2019. The new majors include Computer Sciences, Business Marketing and English as a New Language on campus, and Cyber Security, Business Marketing and a Master’s in Sport Administration online.

  • $9 Million Microscope to be Installed at Purdue

    Purdue University, the Indiana University School of Medicine, IU Bloomington, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Eli Lilly and Co. and the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute have collaborated to bring the latest version of a cryo-electron microscope to Indiana. The nearly $9 million machine will be housed in Purdue's Discovery Park. 

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    KEDCo Pursuing Golf Course Purchase

    The Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation is pursuing the acquisition of Stonehenge Golf Course in Winona Lake. The course is relaunching this spring under the management of Cindy & Denny Hepler, who also operate Raccoon Run Golf Course. “I have been involved with this course and a member for many years and understand its importance to what our community offers residents and visitors alike,” said Hepler, 

  • Wells County Project Up for Regional Cities Funding

    The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority has reccomended the Grow Wells County project recieve Indiana Regional Cities Initiative support. Funding was initially requested in January for the creation of an outdoor plaza in downtown Bluffton and a pavilion/amphitheater in Ossian. 

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    Fishers Test Kitchen Looking For Applicants

    The city of Fishers has begun searching for chefs to take part in the first cohort at the Fishers Test Kitchen restaurant accelerator. Three participants will be selected for the accelerator, which aims to provide a space for them to grow, try new concepts and ultimately open their own restaurants. The accelerator, which the city says will be the first of its kind in the state, will open this fall inside the Sun King Brewing location in The Yard at Fishers District.

  • Photo courtesy of the University of Notre Dame

    Paul Ryan to Join Faculty at Notre Dame

    The University of Notre Dame has announced former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan will join the faculty as a professor of the practice for the 2019-20 academic year. Ryan will act as a guest lecturer in political science and economics.  

  • The acquisition is the fourth for Formstack in less than two years.

    Formstack Completes Another Acquisition

    Fishers-based Formstack has announced its acquisition of WebMerge, a document automation and generation company also based in the Hamilton County city. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, however all WebMerge employees are being retained and joining the Formstack team. Formstack says the acquisition will allow it to further enhance its document automation product, Formstack Documents. The company says WebMerge will stay as a stand-alone product and continue to...

  • Marie Maher founded Synapse Sitters in 2017.

    Synapse Sitters Expands in Indiana

    An Indianapolis-based startup has expanded into two new markets. Synapse Sitters, which has created a platform for parents to find babysitters for children with special needs, has launched in Lafayette and South Bend-Mishawaka with plans for continued growth.

  • Philip & Jean Ross Preserve

    ACRES Acquires Huntington Preserve

    ACRES Land Trust has acquired another preserve in Huntington. The Philip and Jean Ross Preserve is the sixth property permanently protected by the local land trust in Huntington. A total of 7,094 acres in the tristate area are now protected by ACRES, including 372 acres in Huntington, primarily along the Wabash River. The Philip and Jean Ross Preserve is 23 acres overlooking the Wabash River and includes a wetland forest, meadow and ravine. 

  • Ball State Raises $425K with Inaugural One Ball State Day

    Ball State University's 24-hour fundraiser, One Ball State Day, resulted in 3,770 gifts totaling nearly $425,000. President Geoffrey Mearns says the inaugural event exceeded expectations, both in dollars raised and in the number of gifts.

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    Triton Metal Products Expanding in Northeast Indiana

    Hamilton-based Triton Metal Products has announced plans to expand its operations and add 13 full-time jobs. The company received state and local incentives to add 20,000 square feet of space to optimize its manufacturing processes. Triton says the incentives allow it to add a $1.5 million building expansion to its facility in the northeast Indiana town and invest $8.1 million in equipment and machinery.

  • Marian to Offer Classes at Indiana Women’s Prison

    Marian University has announced a joint venture with the Bard Prison Initiative, called the Women’s College Partnership.  As a result of the partnership, women at the Indiana Women’s Prison are now pursuing college degrees through Marian. 

  • CalAmp Expands Portfolio with Acquisition of Synovia

    CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) has announced its acquisition of Indianapolis-based Synovia Solutions, a fleet safety and management service for K-12 school bus and local government fleets. The company acquired Synovia for $50 million in cash.  

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    Job Fair Set For Southern Indiana

    WorkOne Southern Indiana will Tuesday host a job fair in New Albany. More than 50 companies will be on hand to speak with potential employees in an effort to fill more than 2,000 job openings.

  • The French Lick Resort

    Hoosier Hotels Make 'Top 25 Most Magnificent Gardens' List

    Two Hoosier hotels have been recognized on The 2019 Historic Hotels of America Top 25 Most Magnificent Gardens list. Indiana hotels that made the list came from French Lick and South Bend. 

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    Parkview Community Greenhouse to Open in May

    The Parkview Community Greenhouse and Learning Kitchen, a hub for accessing healthy food and resources, is slated to open to the public with free classes and tours starting in May. The greenhouse will also be used for research and growing techniques. 

  • NiSource is headquartered in Merillville.

    NiSource Names New Board Chair

    Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) has named Kevin Kabat chairman of its Board of Directors, subject to his re-election at the 2019 annual stockholders meeting. Kabat currently serves as a board member and vice chairman.

  • Photo of Greg Hahn courtesy of the Central Indiana Community Foundation

    Community Foundation Announces 5-Year Plan

    The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced its new 5-year strategic plan. The foundation says it aims to create environments that focus on empowering people regardless of class or race.

  • Ground Broken For Levee Trail

    The city of Noblesville and Hamilton County Parks and Recreation have broken ground on the Levee Trail project at Morse Reservoir. The new trail will add 1.4 miles of multi-use asphalt on the east side of Morse Reservoir from Morse Park and Beach north along the reservoir to Carrigan Road. 

  • Poynter Sheet Metal to Expand HQ, Add Jobs

    Greenwood-based Poynter Sheet Metal has announced plans for a new business unit and significant expansion. The $4.2 million project includes a 54,000-square-foot addition to the existing facility, new equipment and 40 new employees within the next two years.   

  • The Shop Indy will be one of the retail pop-ups this year. (photo courtesy The Shop in Indianapolis)

    Retail Pop-Up Effort to Enter Second Year

    A program designed to activate vacant and underutilized commercial space in downtown Indianapolis will soon enter its second season. St'ArtUp 317, established last year by Develop Indy and fashion arts nonprofit PATTERN, has unveiled the artists and businesses that will open pop-up displays during the month of May. This year's program will feature 30 pop-ups by businesses and artists at 10 locations in or near downtown Indy. Catherine Esselman, senior project manager at the...

  • Molly Whitehead is the executive director of the Boone EDC.

    Boone EDC Completes Restructuring

    The Boone County Economic Development Corp. says it has completed a restructuring process. The effort resulted in the launch of the Boone EDC Platinum Circle, which it says will provide crucial insights, connections and feedback to guide the organization's strategies.

  • (photo courtesy J. Knipper & Co. Inc.)

    1si Names 2019 ONE Award Winners

    One Southern Indiana has unveiled the winners of its 2019 ONE Awards. The winners were selected by a panel of judges based on criteria such as business history, community involvement, and innovation in products or services. The nominees were also scored through an online poll.

  • Brown County Music Center Announces Grand Opening

    Historic Brown County Indiana has announced the grand opening of the Brown County Music Center. The center has entered into a partnership with Live Nation to assist with programming the venue and also with Ticketmaster to handle the ticketing. 

  • The awards took place in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,400 attendees, which was the largest total in the program's history.

    Mira Honors 'Best in Tech' For 20th Anniversary

    Indianapolis-based Viral Launch and Columbus-based Cummins (NYSE: CMI) were among the top honorees at this weekend's 20th annual Mira Awards in Indianapolis, organized by Indiana's tech initiative TechPoint. Viral Launch Chief Executive Officer Casey Gauss won the Rising Entrepreneur Award, while the creative and consulting services provider earned Scale-up of the Year honors. Cummins was named Large Enterprise of the Year. The awards took place in front of a sold-out crowd of...

  • The tunneling equipment is 18 feet in diameter.

    DigIndy Project Gains Traction

    Citizens Energy Group’s DigIndy Tunnel System project reached another milestone last week, announcing the mining completion of the Lower Pogues Run and White River Tunnels. Mining for the project, which aims to prevent 99 percent of sewer overflows into area waterways, is now complete on four of six tunnels and 17 of 28 miles.

  • IU Health Extends Behavioral Health Support Statewide

    Indiana University Health has announced a new service that provides around-the-clock access to psychiatric care for emergency room patients. The Behavioral Health Hub will offer virtual services to enable patients in need to stay where they are and significantly cut the wait time for an assessment. Through the use of live video, the virtual service allows IU Health’s hospitals to access behavioral health expertise at all times.

  • Schellinger talked about the flurry of jobs announcements on this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

    Schellinger: Every Focal Point 'Robust'

    Last week was a big week for job commitments in Indiana, with state and local officials unveiling deals totaling more than 1,100 potential positions. And while Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger was elated about the announcements, he was equally enthused about the range of industries involved. "We've gotten jobs in agribusiness, the manufacturing services, the professional services area, information technology, which we are growing at more than two times the national...

  • Commerce Park at Rushville Receives Development Designation

    The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, officials from the Rushville Redevelopment Commission and the city of Rushville have announced the designation of Indiana Site Certified Prime to the Commerce Park at Rushville. The 288-acre site is zoned for heavy manufacturing.  

  • Dog Treat Maker Planning Expansion

    A Logansport-based dog treat manufacturer is looking to expand in Cass County. Foppers Pet Treat Bakery plans to invest more than $1 million to grow its operations and add a small number of jobs. The company currently occupies a 45,000-square-foot facility on the west side of Logansport. The Cass-Logansport Economic Development Organization says the expansion project will include real estate, improvements, and new equipment. Foppers is currently seeking $125,000 in incentives from...

  • The job fair will be held at the Whitestown Municipal Complex.

    Boone County to Host Job Fair

    The Boone County Economic Development Corp. will Monday host a job fair in Whitestown. More than 25 companies will be on hand looking to fill over 600 open positions. The Boone County Job Fair will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Whitestown Municipal Complex.

  • Photo of the competition's judges courtesy of Purdue University

    Student Startup Wins Schurz Competition

    Global Sign, a student-run Purdue University startup has won the eighth annual Schurz Communications Innovation Challenge. The team operates a platform that uses sign language to make video content more accessible to those with hearing impairments.

  • The event will be held at the Charles Black Community Center. (photo courtesy of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts)

    South Bend Hosting Entrepreneurship Fair

    The city of South Bend will Saturday host the inaugural Entrepreneurship 365: Minority & Women Business Fair. The event, co-hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., aims to grow awareness of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises.

  • Photo courtesy of the Town of Schererville

    Entertainment Center Coming to Schererville

    A new 43,380 square-foot entertainment center with bowling, an upscale restaurant and bar, an arcade and more is coming to Schererville. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the developers behind JAK's Warehouse plan to invest at least $2.2 million in construction at a former Menards.

  • Indy Attorney Earns 'Bridge Builder' Award

    The board of directors for the TechPoint Foundation for Youth has selected Stephen Dutton as the recipient of the 2019 Bridge Builder Award. Dutton, a partner with Indianapolis-based law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP, will receive the award Saturday evening at the TechPoint Mira Awards gala.

  • Rendering courtesy of Purdue University Northwest

    Purdue Northwest Names New Building After Professor

    The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the official naming of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building. The 68,000-square-foot project broke ground in July and is set to open in fall 2020. 

  • Rick Fuson is the president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

    Pacers, CIB Excited About New Deal

    The president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment says the agreement announced today to keep the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever in Indianapolis is exciting for everyone involved. The Capital Improvement Board approved the 25-year deal, which also includes $360 million in upgrades to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Rick Fuson says it has always been the desire of Pacers owner Herb Simon for the team to remain in Indy and the changes to the fieldhouse will ensure the team continues to...

  • IU Fund Invests $200K in Autism Therapy

    The Indiana University Philanthropic Venture Fund has invested $200,000 in Carmel-based Confluence Pharmaceuticals to treat autism-related impairments. The company's Chief Executive officer Steve Johns said the company is targeting its lead asset, a product for the treatment of fragile X syndrome to improve important functionality including communication, social interaction and self-care.

  • The American Queen Steamboat Co. is HMS Global Maritime's overnight cruises division.

    Maritime Company Growing in New Albany

    New Albany-based HMS Global Maritime is expanding its Floyd County headquarters and creating up to 50 jobs by the end of 2022. The company and its American Queen Steamboat affiliate plan to invest nearly $800,000 to renovate a newly-purchased historic building in downtown New Albany. Work is underway on the facility, which will house a training and customer service center to train up to 300 hospitality and hotel trainees each year. The training center is expected to be fully...

  • Former Pharmakon CEO Convicted

    The former owner and chief executive officer of a Noblesville pharmaceutical company has been convicted of adulterating drugs and defrauding the federal government. Paul Elmer of Fishers, formerly of Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals Inc., was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the Food and Drug Administration and nine counts of adulterating drugs. The verdict was announced Thursday after an eight-day trial in Indianapolis. 

  • New Telehealth Clinic Opens in Bloomfield

    A new telehealth clinic has launched in Bloomfield. The Indiana Rural School Clinic Network says K-12 students in the Bloomfield School District now have direct access to healthcare services through Greene County General Hospital via video conferencing and other digital technology.  

  • (photo courtesy Scotty's Brewhouse)

    Scotty's Brewhouse Closes Southport Road Location

    The Scotty's Brewhouse location on Southport Road has closed, effective immediately. Our partners at WTHR report the decision to close was made by the location's owner and not Scotty’s Brewhouse corporate.

  • The Tippecanoe Country Club in Monticello is one of the courses on the trail. (photo courtesy of the IOTD)

    State Spotlighting Revamped Golf Trail

    As fans cheer on their favorite golfers during the Masters this weekend in Augusta, Indiana is spotlighting some of its popular golf courses throughout the state. The Indiana Office of Tourism Development last year relaunched the Pete Dye Golf Trail, seven courses designed by the man considered to be the father of modern golf course architecture. The trail includes courses located in Indianapolis, West Lafayette, French Lick, and Monticello.

  • Rendering Courtesy: Pacers Sports & Entertainment

    Long-Term Deal Secures Pacers, Fieldhouse Upgrades

    Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Capital Improvement Board have agreed to a long-term deal to keep the Pacers and Indiana Fever in Indiana and provide funding mechanisms for $360 million in upgrades to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The CIB approved the 25-year deal this morning. Planned upgrades include an outdoor plaza and additional luxury and open seating options. The more than $300 million in improvements would be funded through...

  • The carwash location is set to open in 2020, followed by the headquarters in 2022.

    Crew Carwash Plans Fishers HQ

    Crew Carwash has announced plans for a new corporate headquarters and carwash location in Fishers. The service location is set to open in 2020, with plans for the headquarters to be complete in 2022. Both facilities will be located near Top Golf north of 116th Street in Fishers.

  • (photo courtesy of IndianaFIRST)

    Teams Set For Robotics Championship

    High school robotics teams from throughout the state will participate in the Indiana State Championship High School Robotics Competition, which kicks off Friday in Kokomo. The best-performing teams will advance to the World Championship, which will take place later this month in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Photo courtesy of Delaware Dynamics

    Delaware Dynamics to Break Ground on New Facility

    Officials in Muncie will Friday celebrate the expansion of a manufacturing company. Delaware Dynamics, which describes itself as the largest producer of die cast molds in North America, will break ground on a new facility at its campus near downtown Muncie and provide details on new job opportunities. 

  • Pearson Named CEO of Pretzels Inc.

    Bluffton-based Pretzels Inc. has selected Greg Pearson as its next chief executive officer. Pearson most recently served as head of marketing for Florida-based e-commerce pet supplies retailer Chewy.com.  

  • The Kelley School of Business and School of Public and Environmental Affairs on the IU Bloomington campus. (photo courtesy Indiana University)

    IU School of Business Tops 'World Rankings for Entrepreneurship'

     The Indiana University Kelley School of Business is ranked at the top of the 2019 World Rankings for Entrepreneurship Activity. IU is the only Indiana school included in the top 20.

  • Northwest Indiana Parks Receive Federal Grants

    The National Park Service has awarded grants to two northwest Indiana parks. Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-1) has announced Glen Park in Portage and Firemen Park in Griffith will receive a total of $300,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Glen Park is receiving $200,000 to support renovations, including concession building remodeling and restrooms, and the addition of an open-air shelter to the building. 

  • Four vehicles, including the new Ascent, are produced at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.

    Subaru Ascent Among 'Best New Cars for 2019'

    Subaru of America Inc. announced today the 2019 Ascent has earned a spot on Autotrader's list of Best New Cars for 2019. The Ascent, produced in Lafayette, was praised for comfort, features,  build and ride quality and value.

  • Acquisition of Determine Inc. Complete

    New Jersey-based Corcentric Inc. has completed its $32 million acquisition of Determine Inc. in Carmel. Matt Clark, chief operating officer for Corcentric, says the all-cash deal enables the company to expand its portfolio of source-to-pay solutions for  American and European customers.

  • Justin Christian is the founder and CEO of BCforward. (photo courtesy of the IEDC)

    IT Consulting Firm Expanding in Carmel

    A Carmel-based IT consulting and staffing firm is growing. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says BCforward plans to expand its Hamilton County operations and create up to 300 jobs by 2021. The company will invest more than $1 million over three years to establish a Digital Innovation Academy, which will help employees and customers "meet the evolving digital needs of its client base." The company is looking to hire for positions at both BCforward and its subsidiary...

  • AgriNovus Releases New Study on Entrepreneurial Agbioscience

    AgriNovus Indiana has released a study that analyzes the Indiana agbiosciences entrepreneurial ecosystem. AgriNovus Indiana has released a study that analyzes the Indiana agbiosciences entrepreneurial ecosystem. The study suggests Indiana needs to step up its entrepreneurial community, culture and infrastructure in order to be “home to unparalleled agbioscience talent and innovation." The organization says it commissioned the study to better understand the... 

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    Funding Secured For Plastics-to-Fuel Facility

    California-based Brightmark Energy has closed on $260 million in financing for what it says will be the first commercial-scale plastics-to-fuel plant in the nation. Located in the northeast Indiana town of Ashley, the facility is expected to create 136 jobs when it is fully operational. Plans for the facility have been in place since 2015, when Ohio-based RES Polyflow LLC announced the effort. Brightmark Energy acquired a majority interest in RES Polyflow in November and said...

  • Pence to Speak at Taylor University Commencement

    Vice President Mike Pence will be the featured commencement speaker at Taylor University on May 18. The university anticipates a larger-than-usual graduating class and expected crowd, therefore tickets will be required for admission to the Kesler Center, which will be distributed to members of Taylor’s Class of 2019 and their families. 

  • JPMorgan Chase Invests $1M in IPS and EmployIndy

    JPMorgan Chase has announced investments totaling $1 million to Indianapolis Public Schools, EmployIndy and JFF to increase access to work-based learning opportunities for IPS high school students. The company says the investment will create a sustainable partnership to engage employers in learning activities across all IPS college and career academies.

  • Needler's to Host Grand Re-Opening

    Needler’s Fresh Market will host a grand re-opening April 11 at its downtown location. The store will reveal extensive renovations since it was purchased in 2017 from Marsh. 

  • Terre Haute Convention Center Moves Forward

    Commissioners have approved a resolution that would help fund the much-anticipated Terre Haute convention center  project. Our partners at WTHI-TV report the Capital Improvement Board, city, county and the Convention and Visitors Bureau have agreed that the food and beverage tax will continue to be a source of funding.

  • Both Lois (pictured left) and Sydney (picture right) are Indiana University graduates.

    Eskenazis Award 'Transformative' Gift to IU

    The Indiana University School of Art, Architecture + Design in Bloomington has received the largest gift in its history. Indianapolis philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi have given $20 million to the school, which will be renamed in their honor. The university says the gift will support student scholarships, faculty development, academic programs, research initiatives and facility support. Peg Faimon, founding dean of the...

  • The company has operations in Indiana and Alabama.

    Manufacturer Doubling Jennings County Footprint

    North Vernon-based Decatur Plastics Products has announced plans to expand its Jennings County operations and create up to 70 jobs by 2021. The company says it will invest more than $11 million to expand its headquarters campus over the next five years. Decatur Plastics Products is renovating a recently-purchased shell building in the North Vernon Industrial Park for additional warehousing and light assembly. The company is also planning to build an additional...

  • Jobs Announcement Set For Carmel

    City and state officials will Thursday make another jobs announcement in Carmel. Few details are available, however the announcement will involve IT consulting and staffing firm BCforward.

  • Fort Wayne Effort Aims to Reduce Infant Mortality

    A new initiative involving more than a dozen local organizations aims to lower the infant mortality rate in Allen County. The group Wednesday launched Footprints Fort Wayne after more than a year of research to determine how to make the greatest impact.

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    Assisted Living Home Set to Open This Month, Add Jobs

    A new assisted living and memory care community for older adults is expected to open in Noblesville later this month. When fully occupied, Heritage Woods will provide 78 full-time and part-time jobs.   

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    Noblesville Expands Facade Grant District

    The Noblesville Common Council has announced the expansion of the city's Façade Grant District. The program was previously limited to the Central Business District, but now all historic commercial properties in Noblesville will be eligible to apply. 

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    U.S. Army Orders AM General Vehicles

    South Bend-based AM General has secured a $185 million contract to build ambulances for the U.S. Army. The company will begin providing chassis systems later in the spring, when the ambulances will be fully fabricated. 

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    Gift Leads to Endowed Chair at Lilly School of Philanthropy

    The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI has established a new endowed chair in fundraising leadership. The position is the result of a gift from Donald Campbell, founder of executive search firm Campbell & Co. 

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    Hobart Creates Partnership for America’s Crossroads Bowl

    The Great Lakes Valley Conference and Great Midwest Athletic Conference are partnering with the city of Hobart and the Indiana South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority to create the America’s Crossroads Bowl. The event will be the fifth bowl game played at the NCAA Division II level, officially joining the Mineral Water Bowl, Heart of Texas Bowl, Live United Bowl and Corsicana Bowl.

  • Among other innovations, Walmart plans to add more than 20 pickup towers to Indiana stores. (photo courtesy Walmart)

    Walmart to Upgrade Indiana Stores

    Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) has announced plans to invest more than $96 million in Indiana this year. The retailer says the effort will include the remodeling of 19 stores, as well as the launch and continued expansion of several "customer-focused innovations."

  • Funding from The Mind Trust helped launch the program. (image courtesy of The Mind Trust)

    Teacher Residency Program Launching in Indy

    The Indiana State Board of Education has approved a new teaching residency program in Indianapolis. The Relay Teaching Residency, part of the New York-based Relay Graduate School of Education, was supported by $3.5 million in funding from Indy-based nonprofit The Mind Trust.

  • Fever, Salesforce Detail Sponsorship

    The Indiana Fever has announced a multi-year sponsorship with Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), which will become the team's new jersey partner. Beginning this season, the Salesforce logo will be prominently displayed across the front of the Fever jerseys. The team says the deal is an expansion of a multi-platform agreement between the tech company and Pacers Sports & Entertainment announced last fall.  In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Fever Head Coach Pokey Chatman...

  • OrthoWorx Launches 'Welcomeness' Survey

    Warsaw-based OrthoWorx has launched a community-wide survey as part of its effort to bolster the area’s talent attraction, retention and the degree to which residents feel welcome. Indianapolis-based consulting group Black Onyx will also help to plan and implement the study.

  • IU, Ivy Tech Program Adds Off-Campus Option

    Indiana University Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington have announced a change to their Hoosier Link program. Starting in August, the program that previously required students to live on-campus will expand to include students who live off-campus as well.  .

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    Firefighters Conference Begins in Indy

    One of the largest conventions in Indiana officially gets underway Wednesday. The annual FDIC International, or Fire Department Instructors Conference, is expected to draw more than 34,000 people to the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.

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    Scotty's Brewhouse to Close on Indy's North Side

    Indianapolis-based Scotty's Brewhouse will close its 96th Street location April 14. The company says the location, near Keystone Avenue, has struggled with declining sales. 

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    Another For-Profit College Closing

    International Business College has announced plans to shut down its Fort Wayne campus. In a notice posted on its website, the for-profit college cited declining enrollment as the reason for the decision.

  • The announcement will take place at Salesforce Tower.

    Fever Set For 'Major Announcement'

    The Indiana Fever will Wednesday make what it says will be a major announcement at Salesforce Tower in downtown Indianapolis. Few details are available, however the team says it will provide more information at the sports business/technology press conference.

  • NASA, Purdue Launch Space Habitats Institute

    NASA has announced Purdue University Professor of mechanical and civil engineering Shirley Dyke will lead the new Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute to be located in West Lafayette. The institute will receive nearly $15 million over a five-year period from NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.

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    Pilot Program to Boost Entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne

    A new pilot program aims to promote entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne. The Summit City Match program is being funded by the city and a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) with support from several partners throughout the city. The program aims to match emerging entrepreneurs with building spaces, startup technical assistance and gap grant opportunities with the goal of launching more small businesses and leasing vacant retail and commercial space along the city's...

  • Zotec says it currently serves around 17,000 physicians and manages 80 million medical encounters in all 50 states.

    Zotec Partners Announces New Carmel HQ, 300 Jobs

    Zotec Partners has broken ground on a new national headquarters in Carmel. The medical revenue cycle management provider plans to invest nearly $47 million into the five-story facility and add up to 300 jobs by the end of 2022. The company, which has about 250 associates in Indiana and 850 nationwide, says the new headquarters will allow for future growth in Indiana for years to come. Plans for the 120,000-square-foot facility include an innovation work center and a training...

  • Lab Testing Company to Open in Fort Wayne

    The country's first direct-access lab testing services company will open a location in Fort Wayne next week. ANY LAB TEST NOW will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 to mark the grand opening of their Dupont Road location. The company offers over 8,000 lab services, including drug and alcohol screenings and paternity tests.  

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    Roadtrip Nation to Preview Film at IUPUI

    A national organization focused on career exploration will this evening give a preview of its latest film on the IUPUI campus. Roadtrip Nation says the film, "Rerouting," focuses on a group of three that traveled in the organization's green RV in partnership with Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation to talk about the future of work. One of the group's members will be part of the event, set to take place at IUPUI's Tower Ballroom. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business...

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    Mounds Mall Sold at Certificate Sale

    The Mounds Mall in Anderson and the land on which it sits have been tentatively sold to new owners. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the building and property were sold to different owners Monday at the Madison County certificate sale for a total of $17,000.

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    Aardvark Straws to Hire 70

    Fort Wayne-based Aardvark Straws is hiring 70 new employees. WPTA reports available positions include straw winders, wrappers and material handlers. 

  • MDwise to Relocate, Add Jobs

    MDwise is relocating its Indianapolis headquarters a newly renovated office space on North Meridian Street. The company will move into the new 60,000-square-foot space this summer, and says it plans to add more than 100 jobs in the coming years. 

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    Edna Martin Center Launches Center for Entrepreneurs

    The Indianapolis-based Edna Martin Christian Center is launching a new Community Solutions and Entrepreneurship Center that will aim to help entrepreneurs get new businesses off the ground. Immanuel Ivey has been named Micro Enterprise Director for the new center.

  • The Schackelford Mansion (photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks)

    Students Looking to Save Evansville Building

    A group of students from several Hoosier universities are working to determine how best to revitalize a vacant building in Evansville. The effort is part of the Preserving Historic Places Conference, which kicked off Tuesday in Evansville.

  • Central Indiana Home Sales Slip Slightly

    Home sales in central Indiana saw a small decrease in February. F.C. Tucker Co. says pended sales decreased 1.3 percent in February, compared to the same month last year. Also, the average year-to-date home price for the 15-county region region increased 6.7 percent to $206,941.

  • Melina Kennedy is the president of the CIB.

    Kennedy: CIB 'Appreciative' of Committee Vote

    The president of the Capital Improvement Board in Indianapolis says a change to a bill involving the CIB was not unexpected. The House Ways and Means Committee Monday unanimously approved Senate Bill 7, which includes projects involving the Indiana Pacers and Indy Eleven. However, a provision that originally provided funding for the expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and the addition to two new hotels in downtown Indianapolis was removed. In an interview with...

  • Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will be on hand for the announcement. (photo courtesy city of Fort Wayne)

    Fort Wayne to Launch Entrepreneurship Pilot Program

    Officials in Fort Wayne will Tuesday launch a new pilot program. The city says Mayor Tom Henry and members of several nonprofit and economic development agencies will provide details on the effort to encourage entrepreneurship and help revitalize urban commercial corridors.

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    Rescue Mission Groundbreaking for New Facility

    Rescue Mission City on a Hill will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the future home of The Rescue Mission Tuesday morning. The new four-story building will include a second-floor terrace, parking lot, gathering and meeting areas and a media center.  

  • Governor Eric Holcomb will be on hand for the announcement. (image courtesy WTHR-TV)

    Carmel Set For Groundbreaking

    Governor Eric Holcomb and Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard will Tuesday make an economic development announcement. Few details are available, however the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the announcement will include a groundbreaking in the Hamilton County city.

  • Jason Taylor Named City of Fishers Engineering Director

    Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness has named Jason Taylor to succeed City of Fishers Engineering Director Jeff Hill, who announced his departure last month after nearly seven years. Taylor is a former assistant director of engineering for the city and most recently held the Technical Services Director position at Indiana Department of Transportation’s Greenfield District.

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    Teen to Host Fundraiser for Gary Youth Center

    A Merrillville teen will host a fundraiser this week to build a youth center in Gary. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the ASW Foundation, founded by Aaliyah Stewart, will raise money and feature Northwest Indiana youth who have excelled in their communities at its Project Peace Youth Gala Friday. 

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    ISU Creates Center for Sport Medicine and Performance

    Indiana State University’s College of Health and Human Services will serve student-athletes’ health care and performance needs through its new Center for Sports Medicine and Performance. The center will focus on providing independent medical care for improving athletes’ performance.

  • Ivy Tech Launches Campaign for 50 Years in Fort Wayne

    The Ivy Tech Foundation and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority are leading a CreatINg Places campaign to raise funds for a new sculpture to commemorate Ivy Tech Community College’s 50 years in Fort Wayne. If the crowdfunding campaign reaches its $6,500 goal by May 10, the project will receive a matching grant of $6,500 from IHCDA.

  • IU, USI Among 'Best Online MBA Programs'

    College Consensus has launched its “50 Best Online MBA Programs 2019” list.  Indiana University Kelley School of Business and University of Southern Indiana Romain College of Business both made the list, recognized for the affordability, convenience and reputation of their respective programs. 

  • The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    House Committee Approves CIB Bill With Major Change

    The House Ways and Means Committee has approved a bill that would create a new soccer stadium in Indianapolis, with one major exception. Our partners at WIBC report the committee Monday removed the requirement that Indy Eleven receive a Major League Soccer franchise before the stadium could be built.

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    Nexstar to Offload Indy TV Stations

    Texas-based Nexstar Media Group Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) has announced plans to sell two of its Indianapolis television stations. The company has signed an agreement with Circle City Broadcasting Inc. to offload the WISH-TV and WNDY-TV in a $42.5 million cash deal. The acquisition will become official following the completion of Nexstar's previously-announced acquisition of Tribune Media Co. (NYSE: TRCO). WISH is an affiliate of The CW Network and WNDY is an affiliate of MyNetworkTV.

  • Greenleaf President Dan Curtin (podium) spoke at Monday's news conference. (photo courtesy of the IEDC)

    Greenleaf: Shelbyville Plant Not a 'One and Done'

    The president of Greenleaf Foods SPC says the planned $310 million facility in Shelbyville fills a major need. Governor Eric Holcomb joined officials from the company Monday to break ground on the 230,000-square-foot plant-based protein manufacturing facility, which is expected to create up to 460 jobs. At a news conference, Dan Curtin said Greenleaf was formed about nine months ago as a subsidiary of Toronto-based based Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and was looking for a location to...

  • Purdue Partners with U.N. Network

    Purdue University has joined a United Nations initiative that aims to bring together international scientific and technological expertise to address global challenges. Gerald Shively, associate dean of Purdue’s College of Agriculture and director of International Programs in Agriculture, will serve as the university's Sustainable Development Solutions Network liaison.

  • Nick Duvall

    TeenWorks Names Duvall CEO

    TeenWorks has named Nick Duvall as its incoming chief executive officer. Duvall brings more than 11 years of experience in program and campaign management, fundraising and strategic communications to the organization, which empowers teens in Indianapolis and Muncie to achieve excellence in college, career and community. “Leading an organization like TeenWorks is a once-in-a-career opportunity,” said Duvall. 

  • Hicks: Jobs Report Shows Economy 'Cooling Off'

    According to the latest jobs report from the federal government, employment creation is down from the last three months of 2018, when monthly job growth averaged 233,000. Michael Hicks, an economist at Ball State University, says the findings show the U.S. economy is “cooling off.”

  • Idea Week will take place April 8-13, 2019.

    Idea Week Set to Kick Off

    IDEA Week, an annual event that celebrates innovation, entrepreneurs and the incubation of new ideas, kicks off Monday. Last year, in its inaugural run, the event drew 18,000 to the Michiana area.

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    Indiana Dunes Now in 'Elite' Company

    Tourism officials say they aren’t sure what the economic impact will be from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s recent designation as the state’s first national park, but they are confident it will be significant. “It puts us in a very elite group,” said Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer, who adds the Dunes is already the state's top tourist attraction. "We have 3.6 million visitors annually, so when you look at all ...

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    Newfields Boosted By $21M in Grants and Gifts

    Newfields in Indianapolis has announced more than $20 million in grants from foundations, public entities and private donors. The attraction says the funding will support infrastructure upgrades for The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art  Nature Park. The gifts include $10 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. and $3 million from Newfields trustee Kent Hawryluk. Other gifts include $500,000 from the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, $100,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable...

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    Greenleaf Investing $300M in Shelbyville Facility

    Greenleaf Foods SPC has announced plans to pump more than $300 million into building what it says will be North America's largest plant-based protein manufacturing facility in Shelbyville. The company, which is a subsidiary of Canada-based Maple Leaf Foods Inc., says the plant will result in 460 new jobs. Greenleaf says the facility will more than double its production capacity for brands including Lifghtlife and Field Roast Grain Meat Co. to meet what it calls "surging...

  • Year to date, the state has collected nearly $5 billion.

    State Revenue Beats Estimates

    Indiana revenue exceeded the most recent projections in March. The Indiana State Budget Agency says General Fund revenues totaled more than $1.1 billion last month, nearly 4 percent higher than the December revenue forecast and nearly 11 percent higher than the same month last year.

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    Springbuk Begins 'Health Intelligence Tour'

    Indianapolis-based Springbuk says it is on a "Health Intelligence Tour" in some of the biggest markets in the United States to showcase expanded offerings. The health technology company says the three-week tour includes stops in New York City, Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago to unveil the enhancements, which it says "combine data analytics with data science." Springbuk says the platform is designed to give employers access to health data as well as insights on how...

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    IU Data Center Set For Upgrades

    The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved $12 million worth of upgrades to the IU Bloomington Data Center. The university says the project will include enhancements to the overall reliability and backup capabilities of the data center's infrastructure. The data center provides space and infrastructure for computing technology services for all of IU's campuses statewide. IU says the project will enhance the facility in the event of a power failure and during...

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    ISU Business College Dean to Step Down

    Indiana State University's Scott College of Business Dean Brien Smith has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Details about the search to replace him have not yet been announced. 

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    Muncie IT Company Details Expansion

    Muncie-based Accutech Systems Corp. is expanding. The wealth management software company has announced plans to invest more than $5.5 million in a new headquarters and nearly double its Delaware County workforce by 2023. Accutech says it will acquire and redevelop a former Sears department store in downtown Muncie. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the new space will allow the company to increase and upgrade its technology and computer hardware in an effort to...

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    Exhibit Columbus Unveils Washington Street Civic Projects

    Exhibit Columbus has released five new design concepts commissioned for Washington Street in the Bartholomew County city. The five Washington Street Civic Projects are part of the the 2019 exhibition, which will feature 18 temporary installations in total and opens to the public August 24. 

  • IBRI Releases 2018 Annual Report

    The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute has released its 2018 Annual Report. The report details how the IBRI has expanded its  biopharmaceutical research and health data analytics and the establishment of the IBRI Diabetes Center.

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    IUPUI Closes Confucius Institute

    Indiana University has closed the Confucius Institute of Indianapolis on the IUPUI campus. In a statement to Inside INdiana Business, IU said the decision "ensures ongoing operations of some programs within IU impacted by federal changes surrounding Chinese language programs."

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    Notre Dame, Saint Mary's Partner on NSF Grant

    Saint Mary's College says the National Science Foundation has awarded Bettina Spencer, associate professor of psychological sciences, in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, a grant to host a Research Experience for Undergraduates site. Students will work with a faculty member at one of the schools to do research projects following extensive training in statistical techniques and software.

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    Colorado Company Plans CBD Production in Michigan City

    Denver-based PHM Brands LLC has announced plans for a Michigan City facility that will produce cannabidiol, or CBD. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the industrial hemp processor will create more than 50 jobs over the next five years.

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    Mascot Hall of Fame Set For Grand Opening

    The Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting is hosting its grand opening celebration today through Sunday. The MHOF was founded as an online-only venue with an induction ceremony taking place each year in Philadelphia. The event will include mascot appearances, family activities and a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura.

  • Mark Frohlich is the director of the Center for Excellence in Manufacturing.

    Kelley School to Host Manufacturing Case Competition

    The Indiana University Kelley School Center for Excellence in Manufacturing will Saturday host its inaugural Gregg M. Sherrill Case Competition. The university says the event will give students interested in manufacturing a "dose of reality" as they work to solve a critical issue facing manufacturing managers throughout the Midwest.

  • Ivy Tech Selected for Single Mothers Design Challenge

    Ivy Tech Community College has been selected to participate in the national nonprofit Education Design Lab initiative, in partnership with three other community colleges. The multi-year challenge will develop strategies to improve success rates for single mother students over the next six years. 

  • Each member of the winning team earned $10,000.

    Vincennes Team Wins Innovate WithIN Competition

    A team of students from Rivet High School in Vincennes has won the second annual Innovate WithIN pitch competition. LyfePack, which created a tech-integrated kevlar backpack that promotes energy efficiency using solar panels, earned $10,000 for each of the team's three members. The first place finish also earned team members $10,000 toward one year of in-state tuition, mentoring services through the StartEdUp Foundation and internship opportunities. LyfePack was among...

  • Rochon began as president in July.

    USI to Inaugurate New President

    The University of Southern Indiana will Friday hold an inauguration ceremony for its new president. Ronald Rochon was appointed to the position a year ago and began his new role in July. Rochon is the fourth president for USI.

  • A new company is planning to renovate a building in downtown Muncie.

    Muncie to Make Economic Development Announcement

    Officials in Muncie will Friday make an economic development announcement. The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance says the announcement will involve a new company locating in the city's downtown.

  • Photo of the Shrewsbury-Windle House courtesy of Indiana Landmarks

    New Life For Historic Madison Building

    Historic Madison, Inc. has won Indiana Landmark’s 2019 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration for its four-year transformation of the iconic Shrewsbury-Windle House.The group partnered with Indianapolis-based RATIO Architects to create a plan to address repairs and adapt the property to host meetings, receptions, and events.  

  • JobWorks Launches Training Division in Fort Wayne

    JobWorks, Inc. is launching a training division at its headquarters in Fort Wayne. Tim Putt, director of business services, says the program will offer recruitment assistance for companies and consultation on managing workforce funds to help offset training and hiring costs. 

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    Town of Story Up for Sale for $3.8 Million

    The town of Story, Indiana is up for sale for $3.8 million. Our partners at WTHR report the local businesses, such as The Story Inn and its affiliates, will remain open under current ownership and seek to lease the buildings from the town’s future owner.

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    Finalists Make 'Innovate WithIN' Pitches

    Eleven finalists will pitch their businesses today in the second annual Innovate WithIN pitch competition. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. hosts the high school student competition, which drew nearly 160 pitches from over 80 high schools throughout the state. More than 235 middle school students also registered for the program's new ideation sessions. The 11 finalists will pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize, $10,000 toward a year of in-state...

  • South Bend Named 'Smart City' Finalist

    The International Data Corp. has named finalists in its second annual Smart Cities North America Awards. The city of South Bend is recognized in the sustainable infrastructure category.  

  • Literacy Center Launches New Partner Program

    The Literacy Center has launched a new program to support adults who struggle with literacy. The program, The On-Site Learning Alliance will provide an opportunity for the center to partner with local organizations to provide basic adult literacy programming at their site. 

  • Jim Turner is CEO of Intelligent Fiber Network.

    IFN Completes $13M Funding Round

    Indianapolis-based Intelligent Fiber Network has raised nearly $13 million in equity investment funding. The commercial fiber broadband provider says the funding came from several of its member-owners, as well as one new owner: the Wabash Valley Power Association. IFN says the capital raised will allow it to expand and deepen its high-speed fiber network and invest in critical network upgrades that will ensure the ability to scale up for the future. In an interview with...

  • IU Northwest to Host Job Fair

    Indiana University Northwest will Friday host a job and internship fair on the Gary campus. More than 50 employers will be on hand looking to fill a variety of full-time, part-time and internship positions.

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    The Combine Kicks Off in Bloomington

    An annual conference focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship is underway in Bloomington. The Combine will feature workshops, networking opportunities, showcases and discussions with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs during the three-day event.

  • Southlake YMCA Renovations Nearing Completion

    Final touches are being added to the new Dean and Barbara White Southlake YMCA. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the 80,000-square-foot addition will open April 15. 

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    Discovery Park Apartments Opening Soon

    The $86 million apartment complex at Purdue University's Discovery Park District is set for an August opening. The university says Aspire at Discovery Park will be the first apartment community on the West Lafayette campus to feature tech-centric living with an integrated smart home experience.

  • Purdue Partners on Center for Agriculture

    The United States Agency for International Development has launched a five-year, $30 million cooperative project with Cairo University to create a Center of Excellence for Agriculture. Purdue is one of four universities that will spearhead the project, leading programs in instructional innovation and curriculum development.

  • The competition will be held at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

    Hockey Tourney to Generate Impact For South Bend

    The city of South Bend will play host to a major youth hockey tournament, beginning Thursday. The 2019 USA Hockey Tier II 14U National Championships will take place at the Compton Family Ice Arena and is expected to generate $1.7 million in economic impact for the city.

  • (rendering courtesy of the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau)

    Brown County Concert Venue Nearing Completion

    The new, 2,000-seat indoor concert venue in Brown County is now set for a late summer opening. The Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the venue has officially been named the Brown County Music Center and details of the first performance at the $12.5 million facility will be announced later this month. The Nashville facility had previously been named the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center. However, the county says it decided to brand the venue with...

  • Goodwill of Michiana Lands Funding for Re-Entry Services

    The Northwest Indiana Workforce Board and the Center of Workforce Innovations has awarded $600,000 in federal funds from the Workforce Investment & Opportunity Act to Goodwill Industries of Michiana. The funds will be used to support the goal of serving up to 200 individuals who have been released from the judicial system and are unemployed in Northwest Indiana. 

  • Vice President Mike Pence

    Pence to Visit Central Indiana

    Vice President Mike Pence will return to central Indiana Thursday. Our partners at WIBC in Indianapolis report Pence will visit Lamb Farms Inc. in Lebanon to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. 

  • Enbi Headquarters photo courtesy of Enbi

    Enbi Acquired by Massachusetts Company

    Watermill Group, a private investment firm based in Massachusetts, has acquired Shelbyville-headquartered Enbi. The deal marks Watermill’s second major cross-border acquisition in two years, expanding the firm’s presence in Indiana and beyond.

  • Grammer Industries Acquires Sterling Transport Co.

    Columbus-based Grammer Industries, Inc. has announced its acquiistion of Sterling Transport Co. Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  

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  • Photo of Louis van der Elst and Merve Gokce Kurtoglu courtesy of Indiana University

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  • NiSource is headquartered in Merillville.

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    New Hotels Open in Downtown Indy

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  • The city of Fishers unveiled its Master Plan for the Nickel Plate Trail in February.

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  • The company is headquartered in Cincinnati.

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    • Chris Watts is president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute.

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