• Mike Langellier is the CEO of TechPoint. (photo courtesy of TechPoint)

    IUPUI, TechPoint Launch Internship Pilot

    IUPUI is partnering with Indiana's technology sector initiative TechPoint for a pilot program designed to integrate industry and university work-and-learn experiences for college seniors. The university says Xtern Semester aims to pipeline students into tech jobs through an extended internship model. Mike Langellier, chief executive officer of TechPoint says the program targets a foundational challenge of summer internships. He says the tech sector lacks the types of...

  • The study says the renovations to the Indiana Farmers Coliseum were a major contributor to the increase. (photo courtesy Indiana State Fairgrounds)

    Study: State Fairgrounds Impact Grows

    A new study shows the economic impact of the Indiana State Fairgrounds has grown. The study, conducted by the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, says events at the fairgrounds as well as the renovation of the Indiana Farmers Coliseum generated a direct economic impact of more than $197 million on the local economy in 2017, more than 22 percent higher than the previous study in 2011. The study says $152 million came from visitors to Indianapolis. Attendees of the...

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    Saint Joe Rector Heading to Indy

    The leader of the reorganization effort at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer is leaving the campus. Father Barry Fischer, who has served as rector of the college since May 2017, will become the campus chaplain at Marian University in Indianapolis, beginning in March. 

  • The Strategic Planning Committee proposed five long-term goals to be met by 2040.

    Ball State University Developing Incentive-based Budget

    Ball State University is taking steps to reinvest in programs and manage resources with a new incentive-based plan. This strategic plan will take a decentralized approach to the university’s budgeting and will be made public in Jan. 2019. 

  • Photo courtesy of Tinker Coffee Co.

    Tinker Coffee Co. Plans to Open Café in New Location

    Tinker Coffee Co. has opened a new location in the Riverside District at 1125 W 16th St. The company will continue to roast and sell coffee beans, and plans to open a café at the new location late summer 2019. As business picked up for Tinker Roasting Co., a larger space was needed to meet online and wholesale orders.

  • McLaughlin is a 2018 graduate of Ball State University.

    IIB Hires Merritt McLaughlin

    Grow INdiana Media Ventures LLC, the parent company of Inside INdiana Business, has hired Merritt McLaughlin as writer/reporter. McLaughlin is a recent Ball State graduate who has previously worked as a writer for Indianapolis Monthly and Ball State's Ball Bearings Magazine. The New Hampshire native has won several writing awards from organizations including the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Indiana Collegiate Press, the Ball State Department...

  • The performance center is located at Empowered Sports Club in Fort Wayne. (photo courtesy of Empowered Sports Club)

    Parkview to Cut Ribbon on Field Turf, Performance Center

    Fort Wayne-based Parkview Health will Tuesday cut the ribbon on two new multi-purpose facilities. The Parkview Sports Medicine Field Turf and the Parkview Sports Medicine Performance Center are the result of a nearly two-year-old partnership between the health system and Empowered Sports Club in Fort Wayne.

  • Schellinger is predicting another record-breaking year in 2019.

    Schellinger: Indiana Must Grow From 'Outside In'

    Indiana's secretary of commerce says foreign investment is a key factor in the state setting another record for economic development in 2018. Jim Schellinger says he's been on 21 overseas trips to 17 countries over the last year, selling Indiana to international companies looking to locate or grow in the United States. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says, in 2018, 47 foreign-owned businesses committed to locating or growing in Indiana, planning $3.2 billion in...

  • pictured L to R- Mitch Daniels, Sidney Eskenazi, the late Mari Hulman George and Jonathan Nalli

    Business Hall of Fame 2019 Laureates Named

    Junior Achievement of Central Indiana has announced four 2019 Laureates for the 31st annual Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Gala. The Laureates: Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, Founder and CEO of Sandor Development Company Sidney Eskenazi, former Chairman Emeritus of Hulman & Co., the late Mari Hulman George and St. Vincent Indiana CEO Jonathan Nalli. Junior Achievement President and CEO, Jennifer Burk said, “Our goal is two fold at the Hall of Fa...

  • ISU to Add Business Minor and Revise Health Programs

    Indiana State University has created a business analytics minor and adapted three health programs. Board of Trustees members Friday approved the new minor along with a new sport management program, and the renaming of two health programs on campus. The new business analytics minor was added after a survey of Scott College business students in March of last year found at least 32 students had a strong interest in the minor.....

  • Krauskopf Named NBA's First Female Assistant GM

    The Indiana Pacers have promoted Kelly Krauskopf to assistant general manager. The team says Krauskopf, who currently serves as president of the Indiana Fever and also leads the Pacers Gaming esports team, will relinquish those duties and begin her new role at the beginning of the new year.

  • Fadness believes The Yard development is key to the city's long-term viability.

    Fadness - 'It’s a Population Issue'

    As Indiana continues to explore new and creative ways to win the “war on talent,” Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness believes there’s an overlooked element in the discussion. While Fadness agrees that building the talent pipeline is essential, he believes Indiana must attract new, talented people from around the country to move to the state. “We have got to make Indiana a desirable place for people to move here and to move here in significant numbers,”...

  • South Bend Mayor Not Seeking Re-Election

    The mayor of South Bend says he will not seek a third term. Pete Buttigieg, whose current term ends in just over a year, said during a news conference Monday his administration will continue to work hard during that time "to accomplish our mission to deliver services that empower everyone to thrive."

  • Indiana Arts Commission Approves Dozens of Grants

    The Indiana Arts Commission has approved 73 projects for the 2019 Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites program. The grants totaled $213,385 and will fund art activities to entice visitors at the state's historic sites and parks.  “Each year we continue to see increased interest from artists and arts organizations in being part of sharing the arts in a non-traditional environment,” said Anna Tragesser, IAC Artist and Community Services Manager. “We saw an i...
  • Emmis Details Cuts From Subsidiaries

    Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: EMMS) has announced layoffs from its NextRadio and TagStation subsidiaries. In a statement provided to Inside INdiana Business, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smulyan says 35 employees are affected.

  • Purdue Undergrads Win International Competition

    Two Purdue University actuarial science majors received a big payday after recently winning an international competition in China. Junior Jiaxin Yu and senior Dongyu Dai were awarded $100,000 after claiming first prize in the Global Insurance Product Innovation Contest. The competition tasks entrants with using technology and creativity to meet the needs of insurants. Yu and Dai's project focused on cybersecurity, specifically their idea of Cyber Security Smart Insurance to help deal...
  • The IEDC says 74 commitments came from businesses bringing new operations to Indiana.

    Indiana Touts Another Record Year For Jobs

    The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Indiana set another record for economic development in 2018. The state it landed 320 national and international commitments from companies, topping $7.3 billion in investment and more than 31,000 new jobs. The IEDC also reports the planned jobs offer an average wage of $26.84 per hour, which is more than 20 percent higher than the state's current average. The year's biggest projects include Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), which is...

  • LightBound was founded in 1994.

    Texas Company Acquires LightBound

    DataBank in Texas has acquired Indianapolis-based Internet and cloud services provider LightBound. The Indy company, founded in 1994, operates two data centers in the downtown Indy Telecom Center. Thanks to the acquisition of LightBound, DataBank says it will operate 17 data centers in 9 US markets, including Indianapolis, Dallas, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Baltimore and Atlanta. DataBank Chief Executive Officer Raul Martynek says the deal w...
  • Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton is co-chair of the committee.

    Committee to Steer Future of Bloomington Hospital Site

    A newly-formed group tasked with providing the next steps for the Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital property will hold its first meeting Monday. The Hospital Re-Use Steering Committee will begin the effort to re-envision the property, which will be acquired by the city upon completion of the new Indiana University Health Regional Academic Health Center.

  • Moore has been a member of Rose-Hulman's faculty for 22 years.

    Rose-Hulman Prof Helps Draft U.S. STEM Education Plan

    A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology professor is helping shape the country's STEM efforts. Daniel Moore contributed to the National Science and Technology Council’s report on America’s Strategy and STEM Education, which was released last week. Important issues include exploring STEM literacy, increasing diversity and inclusion and preparing the STEM workforce to meet future challenges by developing partnerships between schools and local businesses.

  • Lilly Acquires Pre-Clinical Program

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced an agreement with Massachusetts-based Hydra Biosciences. The company says it has acquired all assets related to a pre-clinical program from Hydra, though financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

  • Strategic Plan Continues Profit Growth For Vera Bradley

    Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley Inc. (Nasdaq: VRA) is reporting fiscal third quarter net income of $4.2 million, up from $359,000 during the same period last year. Chief Executive Officer Robert Wallstrom says the increase is due to the successful execution of the company's Vision 20/20 plan, which was announced last year.

  • November State Revenue Beats Estimates

    Indiana revenue for November exceeded the most recent projections. The Indiana State Budget Agency says General Fund revenues totaled $1.05 billion last month, slight above the December 2017 revenue forecast and more than three percent higher than the same month the previous year. 

  • Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr is Indiana's Adjutant General.

    National Guard Academy Targets At-Risk Youth

    Indiana's adjutant general says the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy in Knightstown continues to make a difference by offering at-risk teenagers a second chance. The academy, which was established in 2007, will Saturday celebrate another graduating class. The program uses quasi-military training, structure and discipline for students between the ages of 16 and 18 who have dropped out of school or are severely deficient in credits. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business...

  • Preferred Route For I-69 Bridge Unveiled

    The team overseeing the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project has unveiled a preferred route for the extension of the interstate connecting Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky. The group has also released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the effort, which identifies preferred alternatives for the route with different tolling options. The project team, which includes the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, is recommending the...

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    Saint Joe Launches New Fundraising Campaign

    Saint Joseph's College is taking another step toward reopening its Rensselaer campus. The college, which suspended activities on the campus in 2017 after what was then described as a "dire" financial situation, has launched a fundraising campaign "to cover the expenses of SJC's journey back to health and vitality."

  • Plans For Columbus Gym Move Forward

    St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Columbus has received a key approval in plans for its new gymnasium. The Republic reports the Columbus Plan Commission has approved the $5.5 million facility, which could be complete in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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    Jayco Chairman to Retire

    The chairman of the Middlebury-based Jayco Board of Directors has announced his plans to retire. The recreational vehicle manufacturer says Wilbur Bontrager, who has been involved with the company since its inception, will step down from full-time duty at the end of the year.

  • IMA: Education Initiative a 'Win-Win'

    The Indiana Manufacturers Association says its recently-announced education program is a "win-win" for both employers and students throughout the state. The organization has launched the Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, which aims to provide skilled workers for the state's manufacturing industry through a dual-track training effort. Stephanie Wells, vice president of workforce development and administration for the IMA, says the labor shortage and...

  • SMWC to Offer Sustainable Agriculture Certificate

    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is adding a graduate certificate in sustainable agriculture in the spring. The graduate certificate is a 17-credit, 5-month program for farmers, agriculture educators and others interested environmentally sound agriculture.   “Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is committed to a set of core values, among them sustainability. This graduate certificate program is a natural fit for the College and its mission because it promises to prepare th...
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    Michigan City Annexes Hundreds of Acres

    Northwest LaPorte County now has over 420 more acres of land for economic development after several parcels were annexed following a partnership between Michigan City and its economic development corporation.  The property runs along Interstate 94 and Highways 35 and 20 and is mostly suited for manufacturing and large distribution warehouses. Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer said, “As the Mayor, I believe it is paramount that our goal is to make Michigan City, and in this...
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    Newton County Plant Acquired by Canadian Company

    Canada-based Cascades Inc. has acquired a manufacturing plant in Newton County. The green packaging and tissue products manufacturer says the deal involves the Urban Forest Products facility in Brook, which manufactures molded pulp protective packaging for the egg and quick service restaurant industries. Rob Richards, general manager for what will now be known as...

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    Fulcrum CEO Calls City, State Collaboration 'Refreshing'

    The chief executive officer of California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. says the decision to locate a massive waste-to-fuels plant in Gary is part of an overall growth effort. The company announced Thursday it would build a $600 million Centerpoint BioFuels Plant in the Lake County city and create up to 163 jobs by 2022. Jim Macias says the facility will provide fuel to airline customers and partners at Chicago airports. He adds he was impressed with the collaboration between the city...

  • LIDS is headquartered at Creekside Corporate Park in Zionsville.

    Lids Sold in $100M Deal

    The Tennessee-based parent company of Lids Sports Group has found a buyer for the Zionsville-based headwear and team athletics retailer. Genesco Inc.'s (NYSE: GCO) $100 million deal involves Ames Watson Capital LLC in Maryland, which owns Utah-based sports apparel retailer Fanzz Gear Inc. Genesco entered into the definitive agreement with FanzzLids Holdings, which is a holding company operated by Ames Watson Capital affiliates. Sports licensing and ecommerce company...

  • Former Governor Mike Pence and Governor Matt Bevin (pictured left-to-right in foreground) signed a memorandum of understanding in July of 2016.

    IN, KY to Identify Preferred Ohio River Crossing Route

    The Indiana Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will take the next step for their preferred I-69 Ohio River Crossing Route. Officials with both agencies will Friday unveil details of the route and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement during an event in Evansville. INDOT Project Manager Janelle Lemon, KYTC Project Manager Marshall Carrier and I-69 ORX Environmental Lead Dan Prevost will be on-hand for Friday's event to discuss the DEIS and next steps for...

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    IU Health West Plans 'Crane Christening'

    IU Health West Hospital will Friday hold a different sort of groundbreaking to mark the beginning of work on an $83 million expansion. The hospital will hold a "crane christening" ceremony, where teams that will be working on the hospital's three new floors will break champagne bottles on the body of a crane. The project will add about four dozen beds, a new operating room and additional laboratory and support service space. The work is expected to take about...

  • Fair Oaks Mall Deal Nearly Complete

    The city of Columbus is nearing completion of a deal to acquire Fair Oaks Mall. Our partners at WTHR-TV report the Fair Oaks Community Development Corp. Board will Friday close on the nearly $6 million purchase.

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    Electric Co-Op Acquires Wintek Corp.

    Tipmont REMC in Mongtomery County has announced the acquisition of Lafayette-based technology and fiber solutions provider Wintek Corp. The electric cooperative says the deal is part of its plan to offer fiber broadband service and it expects to announce the name of the service next spring. 

  • Scott Jones launched Eleven Fifty more than four years ago.

    Eleven Fifty Eyes Statewide Growth

    Eleven Fifty Academy, which began in founder Scott Jones' Carmel house and moved to Launch Fishers, is now looking to go statewide. The coding academy is considering communities including Fort Wayne, Gary, Valparaiso and Terre Haute. Jones says the academy boasts a 93 percent graduation rate, with 81 percent finding jobs within the first two months. "No training environment in the state, no college or university is coming close to those kinds of impacts in that short amount...

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    State Awards Rail Crossing Safety Funds

    Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Transportation have awarded more than $121 million in state matching funds for rail crossing safety improvements throughout the state. The funding was made available through INDOT’s Local Trax matching grant program.

  • (photo courtesy of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.)

    Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Names CEO

    The board of directors for Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has selected John Urbahns as the organization's next chief executive officer. Urbahns, who has served as executive vice president of economic development for GFW Inc., will begin his new role at the beginning of the year. 

  • (photo courtesy of Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc.)

    $600M Waste-to-Fuel Plant Coming to Gary

    A California-based renewable jet fuel and diesel producer has announced plans for a massive investment in northwest Indiana. Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. says it will invest $600 million to build the Centerpoint BioFuels Plant in Gary, which will convert municipal solid waste into renewable transportation fuel. The project is expected to create up to 163 jobs by the end of 2022. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Centerpoint will be located at an industrial site that will be...

  • Formstack Acquires Toronto Company

    Indianapolis-based tech company Formstack has announced the acquisition of a Canadian company. Financial terms of the deal for Toronto-based QuickTapSurvey are not being disclosed.

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    Four Myths When Selling Your Company

    Selling your company can present a winding maze of important decisions and unforeseen considerations. Often the excitement of a potential deal can overshadow some of the underlying complexities that are essential to consider for the deal to run smoothly and for you to achieve your desired outcome. Here are four common myths about the deal process that can inhibit a deal’s timing and get sellers stuck in the maze. 1. Myth – Any money is good money. Reality ...

  • IMA Launches Education Initiative

    The Indiana Manufacturers Association has begun an employer-driven education program to provide skilled workers to meet the needs of the state's manufacturing industry.  The Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education will collaborate with manufacturers and educational institutions to devise dual-track training to include hands-on instruction and classwork. Students completing coursework would earn an associate degree.  

  • Wabash College Snodell Scholar Samuel Pipiras with scholarship benefactors Walt and Kathy Snodell

    Chicago Couple Gifts Millions to Wabash College

    A new recruiting initiative at Wabash College is being funded by a significant gift from a Wabash alumnus and his wife. Walt and Kathy Snodell have donated $4 million to the Crawfordsville school to reach prospective students in their native Chicago, and surrounding areas. The Snodell's gift will help the school develop a plan based on four components: scholarships, an admissions counselor based in Chicago, marketing and support for recruitment events in the Chicagoland area, ea...

  • The City of Fort Wayne this year created a 13-member Public Art Commission to help develop a public art master plan. (Image courtesy of the city of Fort Wayne.)

    Work Begins on Ft. Wayne Public Art Master Plan

    A comprehensive vision for public art in Fort Wayne is being devised to find locations and projects appropriate for the city's neighborhoods. The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission recently picked Columbus, Ohio firm Designing Local to develop the master plan. The plan is being funded by gifts and contributions from the Fort Wayne Chamber Foundation and the Fort Wayne Development Commission.  The plan hopes to create an environment that supports diversity, collaboration, econ...
  • University of Evansville & Ivy Tech Offer Dual Admission

    The University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College have announced a dual admission program. Students who meet all admission standards are guaranteed UE acceptance to will also receive an $18,000 scholarship. UE president Christopher Pietrszkiewicz says the program offers a dedicated path for two, and four-year degrees.  

  • Indy Chamber Unveils Legislative Priorities

    The Indy Chamber has released its legislative agenda ahead of the 2019 Indiana General Assembly. Priorities include early childhood education, hate crimes legislation and an increase to the state's cigarette tax.

  • IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology (photo courtesy of IUPUI)

    IUPUI Begins Engineering and Technology Program

    Intellectual property is the focus of a new program at the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. The Engineering-Science Intellectual Property Project is a series of three classes that combine engineering and patent application to intellectual property concepts. Students will create their own solutions for engineering challenges by building prototypes and guiding them through commercialization processes. "This is a program in engineering education th...

  • BioCrossroads Looking to the Future During Transition

    The incoming interim president and chief executive officer of BioCrossroads says the transition in leadership will be a smooth one. The state's life science initiative announced Wednesday longtime CEO David Johnson is leaving to continue his role as CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership on a full-time basis. Norah Doherty will assume the interim position at the beginning of the year and says BioCrossroads continues to look to the future.

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

    Ball State Economic Study Suggests Slowing Growth

    A new report from Ball State University suggests the potential for slower economic growth in Indiana next year. During the 23rd annual Indiana Economic Outlook Luncheon in Muncie, Center for Business and Economic Research Director Mike Hicks predicted Indiana's economy would grow at a slightly slower pace in 2019 than the predicted national rate.

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    Scotty's Brewhouse Files For Bankruptcy

    Indianapolis-based Scotty's Brewhouse has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company says the decision was "driven largely by the challenges of some specific locations and was necessary because of the way the company was structured corporately." As a result of the deal, Scotty's will close four of its restaurants by the end of the year. In a news release provided to Inside INdiana Business...

  • The Indianapolis Veterans Job Fair will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    Job Fairs Set For Indy, Fort Wayne

    Job seekers in Marion and Allen counties will have the chance to discuss employment opportunities Thursday at a pair of job fairs. The Indianapolis Veterans Job Fair will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indy and Northeast Indiana Works is hosting an event at the Allen County WorkOne career center.

  • Holcomb to Announce Business Expansion

    Governor Eric Holcomb will Thursday make an economic development announcement in Gary. Few details are available, however the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says executives from a clean energy company will be on hand. 

  • 16 Tech says the anchor building will ultimately house about 400 employees.

    Work Begins on 16 Tech's First Building

    16 Tech developers have officially broken ground on the innovation district's first building, marking the beginning of an ambitious 10-year project. The $30 million Advanced Research and Innovation building is fully-leased and will anchor the 60-acre development. The facility, which will house the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Indiana University School of Medicine researchers, is set to be complete in mid-2020.

  • Purdue Researchers Fighting Lung Superbugs

    Purdue University researchers are devising new ways to treat the world's fourth-leading cause of death: lower respiratory infections. Lung infections are often caused by 'superbugs' that are resistant to all available antibiotics, but researchers say they have created a drug formula that has shown progress in fighting them.

  • Dupont Hospital to Showcase Renovations

    Multi-million-dollar renovations at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne will be unveiled Thursday. Fourteen months of construction have added facilities and space for specialized services offered by Lutheran Children's Hospital. The additions include a six-bed pediatric inpatient unit and a three-bed pediatric intensive care unit. The second floor pediatric inpatient unit had previously been designated for medical surgical patients, but now features the color of...

  • Molly Whitehead (far right) says the trip included visits with businesses that have a presence in Boone County. (photo courtesy of the Boone EDC)

    Boone County Seeks Further Collaboration With Japan Trip

    The executive director of the Boone County Economic Development Corp. says a recent trip to Japan aimed to build relationships with businesses that have established a presence in the county. Molly Whitehead says prior to this spring, only three Japanese companies had a location in Boone County and since that time, three more have set up shop. Whitehead says she and Boone County Council member Elise Nieshalla took the trip to formally express their appreciation...

  • Shelbyville to Debut Giant Sculpture

    Officials in Shelbyville will this evening unveil a new art installation in the city's downtown. The city says the four-story, $150,000 sculpture known as Blue River - Wind, Rain and Water anchors its ongoing commitment to public art.

  • BioCrossroads CEO Moving On

    The chief executive officer of the state's life sciences initiative is stepping down. BioCrossroads says David Johnson, who has led the organization for 14 years, is leaving at the end of the year to serve as president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership on a full-time basis. The CICP is the parent organization of Indiana's six talent and industry sector initiatives, including BioCrossroads. Johnson was elected president and CEO of the CICP in 2012 and has since led...

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    Manufacturer Planning Expansion in Berne

    A subsidiary of Japan-based FCC Co. Ltd. has announced plans to expand in Adams County. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says FCC (Adams) LLC will invest more than $24 million to grow its Berne facility and add up to 51 jobs by 2021.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana was one of the recipients. (Rendering courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters) of Central Indiana.)

    Hamilton County Organizations Receive Grants

    The Hamilton County Community Foundation has awarded $101,000 in grants to nine Hamilton County organizations. Funding was recently approved by the foundation's board of directors, which is affiliated with the Central Indiana Community Foundation. The grants were awarded to organizations focusing on health, education and transportation.  Grant recipients:  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana - $15,000 - to expand the adult-to-youth mentor program CICOA...
  • Daily, nonstop service to Las Vegas and Orlando is slated to begin in March.

    Spirit: Room For Growth at IND

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

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

    Crouch: New 'Stellar' Approach Brings More Collaboration

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

  • United Way of Central Indiana CEO Ann Murtlow calls the launch a "unifying moment."

    Business, Community Leaders Launch Hate Crime Coalition

    A group of business, nonprofit, education and faith leaders has launched a coalition to push for a hate crimes law in next year's legislative session. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) Senior Director of Government Affairs Michael O'Connor says the state must send a clear message that "Indiana is a safe place in which to live, work and do business." Indiana remains one of five states without a specific hate crimes law. Governor Eric Holcomb has announced the...

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

    Ribbon Cutting Set For New Crane Complex

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

  • Pro Systems is headquartered in Churubusco.

    Churubusco Company Acquired

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

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    Hammond Clinic Called 'First in Indiana'

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

  • Butler Names New Dean

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

  • IU Health Releases Community Health Grants

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

  • Indiana Launches Securities Portal

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

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    USI Team Builds Satellite Heading to Space Station

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

  • Purdue Names New Entrepreneurial Officer

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

  • WFYI Receives Fairbanks Foundation Grant

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

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    National FFA Convention to Stay in Indy

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

  • Stellar Communities Winners Unveiled

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

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

    IND Adds New Airline, Nonstop Routes

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

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

    Indy Airport to Introduce New Airline

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

  • Justice Department Partners With Anderson University

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

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    Indy Food Startup Announces Expansion

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

  • The Stellar Communities program began in 2011.

    State to Announce 'Stellar' Winners

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

  • Rising Star Casino Resort

    Rising Star Owner Trying Again For Terre Haute Casino

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

  • Shelby County Solar Project Lands Buyer

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

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

    Indiana Companies Among 'Just 100'

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

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    Ground Broken on Hotel Elkhart Project

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

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    Microsoft Bringing Rural Broadband Effort to Indiana

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

  • Nelbud Makes Another Acquisition

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

  • Hicks: Jobs Report Unlikely to Ease Economic Jitters

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

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

    Drury Hotels Adding to Indy Footprint

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

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

    Cultural District Program Adds Three

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

  • Omen currently employs about 100 in Indiana.

    Israeli Company Bringing Hundreds of Jobs to Richmond

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

  • Indiana Water Projects Receive Federal Funding

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

  • The abatement approvals total about $3.5 million.

    Brazilian Company's Portage Plans Move Forward

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

  • IU Accelerates Residence Hall Projects

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

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

    McCorkle: 'Eyes Are on Indy'

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

  • Purdue Board Makes Several Approvals

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

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

    OrthoPediatrics Making Stock Offer

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

  • Delco Foods Expanding to Whitestown

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

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    IPS Names Interim Superintendent

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

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

    IT Company Planning Fort Wayne Office

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

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    Mascot Hall of Fame Hires Executive Director

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

  • Partners Detail New Velocities Program

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

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

    Junior League of Indianapolis Awards Grants

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

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

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

  • South Bend Cuts Ribbon on 'The Hibberd'

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

  • Michael Petrie is CEO of Merchants Bancorp.

    Merchants Acquires Florida Lender

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

  • IDVA Director Resigns Amid Controversy

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

  • Strada cut the ribbon during a Thursday ceremony.

    Strada Takes Wraps Off Downtown Indy HQ

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

  • Pacers Bikeshare to Expand

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

  • The Heritage Group Founder to be Remembered

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

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    Illinois Recycler to Set Up Shop in Indy

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

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    Holcomb Details 2019 Next Level Agenda

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

  • Senator Todd Young announced the grants.

    I-65 Projects Land $40M in Funding

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

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    Manufacturer Expanding in Peru

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

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

    Expansion Announcement Set For Fort Wayne

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

  • Hogsett unveiled Indy Achieves in May.

    Hogsett Touts Education Initiative as He Seeks Second Term

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

  • Millions Raised For 'Back a Boiler'

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

  • Thor Profit Sees Sharp Drop in Q1

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

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    Ivy Tech Signs New Transfer Agreement

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

  • Pro Football Returning to Fort Wayne

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

  • Survey: Drug Abuse a Critical Challenge For Local Leaders

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

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    Indy 500 Champ Immortalized on Borg-Warner Trophy

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

  • Valpo to Add Another Doctoral Degree

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

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    Brightwood College to Close Indiana Campuses

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

  • Mobile Detailing Company Looking for Growth

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

  • Benner: USA Gymnastics Bankruptcy a 'Gut Punch'

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

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

    Illinois Company Growing in Porter County

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

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    Smithville Names New President

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

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

    Hoosier Voter Turnout Tops 50 Percent

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

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    Franciscan to Dedicate Michigan City Hospital

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

  • Holcomb to Announce Next Level Agenda

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

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    TechPoint Mira Award Nominations Open

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

  • Senior-Serving Nonprofits Receive Grants

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

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

    Lilly Endowment Awards $49M in Arts Grants

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

  • Notre Dame, IBRI Form 'Strategic Alliance'

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

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

    2019 ATHENA Award Finalists Unveiled

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

  • Small Business Lender of the Year Named

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

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    New Jersey Company Acquires MOBI

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

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    Reid Health Auxiliary Makes Record Contribution

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

  • IU School of Medicine Physician Receives DOD Grant

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

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

    Giant Eagle Aims For Growth After Ricker's Deal

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

  • Hogsett Set For Campaign Announcement

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

  • Gilbert and three others founded SEP in 1988.

    Longtime Software Company CEO Stepping Down

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

  • Picture Courtesy: Alliance Steel

    Another Illinois Company Moving to Indiana

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

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    Purdue Partners With Taiwan University on Engineering

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

  • ISDA Awarded $400K in Water Quality Grants

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

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    ISO Hits Record Annual Ticket Sales

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

  • Indianapolis Indians Set Charitable Giving Record

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

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    Google Gives Big Boost to Prison Coding Program

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

  • Phil GiaQuinta was named House Minority Leader in November.

    GiaQuinta Names House Democratic Leadership

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

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

    Web.com Tour Inks Deal With Newburgh Golf Course

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

  • Notre Dame Taps Author, Speechwriter For Commencement

    Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan will deliver the 174th commencement address for the University of Notre Dame in the spring. Noonan will also receive an honorary degree during the May 19 ceremony. Noonan began at CBS radio after graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University, then became a speechwriter for the Ronald Reagan administration in 1984. 

  • BioCrossroads Receives Fairbanks Foundation Grant

    BioCrossroads' educational efforts have received a boost from a grant from the Richard Fairbanks Foundation. The organization received a $1.48 million grant to advance opportunities in Indiana's life sciences and healthcare sectors.

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

    Giant Eagle Finalizes Acquisition of Ricker Oil Company

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

  • IPS Superintendent Heading to D.C.

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

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

    Holcomb Set For Tech Skills Grant Announcement

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

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    Catalent Expanding in Bloomington

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

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

    Indy Airport Continues Record Pace

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

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

    One Click Ventures Acquired

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

    Indy Stations Involved in Nexstar, Tribune Merger

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

  • 1si Names 2018 ACE Award Winners

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

  • Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill

    Hill Files Multi-State Data Breach Lawsuit

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

  • (photo courtesy of West Washington School District)

    Rural School District Receives Telehealth Clinic

    The Indiana Rural School Clinic Network has opened its last telehealth clinic of the year at West Washington School Corp. near Campbellsburg in Washington County. Pre-K through 6th graders and junior and senior high school students will have access to the clinic. “Using state-of-the-art secure technology to deliver healthcare will benefit students and staff alike,” said West Washington School Corporation Superintendent Keith. Nance. 

  • (Image courtesy of Vectren Corp.)

    CenterPoint Energy Names Executive Team

    Texas-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP) has announced an executive team to lead the combined company following the pending merger with Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) in Evansville. The merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. CenterPoint Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Prochazka will serve in the same role for the combined company, which will be named CenterPoint Energy, with a headquarters in Houston.

  • (photo courtesy of Patrick Industries)

    Patrick Industries Completes Another Acquisition

    Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: PATK) has completed the acquisition of another Elkhart company. The $54 million deal for Arran Isle Inc. includes its subsidiary LaSalle Bristol. LaSalle Bristol supplies plumbing, lighting and building products to the manufactured housing, RV, and industrial sectors. It operates 11 distribution centers, a manufacturing facility and three combined facilities/distribution centers across the...

  • The resort has used Bowles mattresses since 2015.

    Family Mattress Company, Iconic Resort Launch Partnership

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

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    Taylor Resigns From Indiana House

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

  • Grant to Support Science, Literacy Efforts in Muncie

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

  • (photo courtesy of Smoker Craft Boats)

    Lippert Acquires Another Marine Furniture Business

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

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

    Manufacturer Relocates to Whitestown

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

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

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

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

  • South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership CEO Regina Emberton

    Per Capita Income Grows in Northern Indiana

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

  • Funding decisions are planned in June.

    Ball Brothers Foundation Planning Workforce Grants

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

  • The TIF district includes much of downtown South Whitley.

    South Whitley Approves TIF District

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

    Hoosiers Remember Estopinal

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

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

    Purdue Program Aims to Create 'Technology Maestros'

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

  • New Leader For Criminal Justice Institute

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

  • Banks Calls For Naming Ship USS Fort Wayne

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

  • Evansville Couple Hopes To Change Lives With Gift

    More Wabash College students will experience immersion learning thanks to a gift from John and Diane Schroeder. The one-semester courses offer the opportunity to study coursework outside the classroom, with past classes taking immersion trips to Europe, Africa and across the U.S. The Schroeders’ gift will be used to offset nearly $700,000 of annual immersive learning expenses. Wabash College President Gregory Hess calls John and Diane, “selfless leaders who want...

  • Notre Dame Unveils Largest Quiet Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

    The University of Notre Dame has finished developing the country's largest quiet Mach 6 hypersonic wind tunnel. The $5.4 million project was mainly funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and is the first move in a partnership between Notre Dame and Purdue University to develop several hypersonic tunnels. “This tunnel’s combination of low noise and large size enables previously impossible experiments to be carried out,” said Thomas Juliano.

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

    Fan Events Set For Big Ten Weekend

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

  • Rick Sasso (photo courtesy of Indiana Spine Group)

    Indiana Surgeon Wins $112M Verdict

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

  • Marie Maher founded Synapse Sitters in 2017.

    Synapse Sitters Expanding in Indiana

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

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

    Software Company Looks to 'EduSource' Talent

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

  • (rendering courtesy of BSA LifeStructures)

    State Hiring For New Psychiatric Hospital

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

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

    ACRES Land Trust Adds Land From Three Counties

    Over 50 acres in three Indiana counties have been added to ACRES Land Trust after recent acquisitions. The trust added 18 acres in Wells County, 19 acres south of Warsaw and 17 more acres at two preserves in Noble County.  Neighbors of the Wildwood nature preserve near Warsaw, Roger and Carla Wagoner, sold land to allow ACRES to enclose the preserve's pond and to protect the oldest section of an adjacent forest.

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

    Ivy Tech Names Chief Information Officer

    Ivy Tech Community College has chosen Matthew Etchison as its new chief information officer. Etchison currently is vice president for information technology in the college's workforce alignment department. Current CIO Anne Brinson is retiring December 31.   “It is a tremendous honor to be named the chief information officer for Ivy Tech Community College,” said Etchison. 

  • Daniel Padrao is the COO of Solinftec.

    Solinftec Aims to Bring Momentum to Purdue HQ

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

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

    Wabash Heartland Taps Into Public Input

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

  • (photo courtesy of Reecer Properties)

    Freeland Farm For Sale in Allen County

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

  • (photo courtesy of Urban Air Adventure Park)

    Trampoline Park Set For Former Noblesville Marsh

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

  • Holcomb: No Plans to Toll Hoosier Interstates

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

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

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

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

    Charter School to Break Ground in McCordsville

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

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