• David Broecker

    Discovery Park's Innovation Impact

    Together with the city of West Lafayette, Purdue University is embarking on a transformational placemaking project to create a new innovation community called Discovery Park District (DPD).  Comprised of more than 200-plus acres, more than $1 billion in new public/private development, and spanning the next 30 years, the vision for DPD is to create a so-called “smart community” that will become a destination for students, faculty, residents, companies, innovators, and...

  • Empowering Downtown Evansville's Renaissance With Smart Energy Technologies

    Downtown Evansville is undergoing a dramatic evolution, thanks in part to the state's Regional Cities Initiative, and a key contributor is the Post House - a $40 million mixed-use development that will include housing, retail and office space. However, the Post House has broader implications beyond supporting the downtown area's overall development landscape. It will serve as a "living laboratory" for smart energy research that can inform...

  • Natural Gas Fuels Financial Stability and Energy Freedom

    The logistics and refuse segments of the economy, in Indiana and across the nation, are increasingly turning to an alternative fuel that helps everyone breathe a little easier – natural gas.  There are a number of benefits of natural gas as a transportation fuel, including its domestic availability, established distribution network, relatively low cost and emissions benefits. And it’s a growing trend in the transportation sector.

  • Avoiding Accidental Franchise Pitfalls

    Most people think they know a “franchise” when they see one—McDonald’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Anytime Fitness, to name a few. However, there are some franchise relationships that are not so obvious. Many business relationships, including those in manufacturing and distribution, could easily become “accidental” franchises if companies are not careful. 

  • Julie Furber, Executive Director, Electrification Business, Cummins Inc.

    Power Solutions for the Future

    Our world is facing some significant challenges including climate change – and that means our industry is facing some of the biggest technical changes and challenges in our lifetime. These changes have two primary drivers: an evolution of technology with improved performance and improving cost, and a regulatory environment focused on reducing criteria pollutants, CO2, noise, water and other environmental impacts. 

  • Indiana Can be a Driving Force in Technology Disruption

    Indiana companies and universities have a lot to offer when it comes to applying technology to the movement towards autonomous controlled vehicles.

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    Transforming Customer Experience Through Innovation and Technology

    Duke Energy provides safe, reliable power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we’ve been doing that to the best of our abilities for over 100 years. In spite of that, many of our customers only think about Duke Energy when the power goes out and when the utility bill comes. But change is most certainly in the air. Increasingly, our customers tell us they want more than just a once a month, one-way communication that comes in the form of an electric bill.

  • Ballard served two terms as Indianapolis mayor and did not run for a third.

    Indiana is Case Study in Nation’s Energy Transformation

    Amid the news of the Carrier jobs deal delivered by President-elect Donald Trump and Governor (and Vice President-elect) Mike Pence, a bigger jobs story was playing out with less fanfare. 

  • Turning Trash into Electricity

    If you spend much time talking to the people of Wabash Valley Power about what we do, chances are good you’ll hear the phrase “deliberately different.” To us, it’s a lot more than a catchy slogan—it’s the guiding principle that led us into our position as an energy industry leader. When we say we’re “deliberately different,” we mean that we take a proactive approach to our energy supply portfolio.

  • Fueling Business Growth With Renewable Energy

    Hoosier-grown LightBound began from its roots over 20 years ago as Indiana's dial-up internet service provider, and has grown to new heights as the state's only remaining full-service provider of datacenter, internet and voice services. A large part of our corporate focus is on competing with larger regional and national service providers. How can we gain an edge, while still maintaining our reputation for superior customer support? Our latest strategic decision allows us to do both.

  • Mike Terry is president and CEO of IndyGo.

    Indy's Mass Transit Poised For Future Technologies

    It may seem surprising, but Indianapolis is becoming one of the most progressive cities in the nation in advanced transportation and smart technologies - the latest of which is an all-electric bus rapid transit line (eBRT), the Red Line. While many other cities are looking to past methods of mass transit, Indy is looking forward to using advanced technologies.

  • Could Indiana Lead Next Century of Innovation?

    Many Hoosiers are familiar with Indiana’s heritage in the automotive industry in launching some of the most famous names in history like Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Studebaker, and Stutz. It is also well known that at the turn of the 20th century, Hoosier innovators risked their careers, finances, and reputations in creating the largest racing venue the world had ever seen: Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indiana was an incubator of innovation in advanced transportation.

  • Perception is Reality

    This fact often surprises people: a record-setting 26 million people from around the globe visited Indianapolis in 2014, 9 percent of whom were international visitors. Our visitors come to see a city teeming with sports tourism, cultural magnets like the world’s largest kid’s museum, the original LOVE sculpture (it’s not in Philly), concerts at White River State Park, and to convene inside the expanded Indiana Convention Center.
  • Changing Energy Landscape Requires Changing Energy Management

    Ask a teenager how a rotary phone works, and you'll just get a quizzical look. It is incredible to see how fast innovation has changed our daily lives. We are at the forefront of a similar revolution in how energy is produced and managed.
  • Social Entrepreneurship Is The New Black

    In his 2013 TED Talk, Harvard Business Strategy professor, Michael Porter, made his case for “why business can be good at solving social problems.” In his speech, he made the bold claim that even massive problems such as climate change and access to water won’t be solved until the business world solves them.
  • A Look at The Benefit Corporation

    Fifteen years into the new millennium, the idea that corporate profit should be a business' main objective has mellowed. Consumers want more, and they expect more. Led in large part by Millennials incorporating their social values into their everyday lives...
  • Perspectives

    • Amazon HQ2 Decision Should Prompt Reflection on State, Local Strategies

      All great leaders I've learned from have emphasized the importance of questioning norms. Why do we do this? Why do we do it that way? As times change, the things we do and the ways in which we do them should reflect those changing conditions. The fact that Indiana was unable to make the final cut for Amazon’s multi-faceted HQ2 mega project when it boasts the 10th-best business climate should cause leaders to pause and ask...

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      Dept. of Ed Releases School Accountability Grades

      The Indiana Department of Education has unveiled the school accountability grades for the 2017-2018 academic year. The department says about 22 percent of schools improved one or more letter grades, with 64 percent receiving an A or B.

    • Purdue Launches "Brain Gain" Initiative

      Purdue University wants to make Indiana the country's biggest "brain gain" state with a new initiative designed to bring Purdue grads back to Indiana companies. President Mitch Daniels says the pilot phase of the Purdue Brain Gain Initiative has piqued the interest of some 200 alumni, with a small number currently in the final interview process with employers in the state. Daniels told Inside INdiana Business...

    • Noblesville Approves $31M Development

      A Carmel-based developer is planning a $31 million project in Noblesville. The Noblesville Common Council has approved the effort from Jackson Development LLC, which calls for a 22-acre business park and 16-acre commercial and retail area. According to documents filed with the city, the developer is looking to build 200,000 square feet of office/flex buildings in what will be known as the Campus Center Business Park. The project will also feature...

    • (Image courtesy of JA of Central Indiana.) From left to right: Mark Shaffer, Tiffany Sauder, Blake Koriath, Chad Amos, Matt Waggoner, George Giltner, Erin Dettwiler, Cynthia Carrasco, Tiffany Fletcher, Kiamesha-Sylvia Colom, Tamara Cypress, Jennifer Burk

      'Best And Brightest' Earn Honors

      Winners of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana's 2018 Indy’s Best and Brightest awards have been announced. They include honorees who are 40 and under and recognized as "rising talent and the next generation of leaders in our community." Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc. focuses on educating and inspiring youth in career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy. It involves hands-on, experiential learning...
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      Medical Society Auctioning Off 'History'

      The Indianapolis Medical Society is this week auctioning off what it calls pieces of Indiana history as it prepares to move to smaller offices. The more than 150-year-old organization says items range from a clock made with wood dating back thousands of years to artifacts and historic documents. The Indianapolis Medical Society was established in 1848. The professional membership organization represents doctors of medicine and osteopathy in the Indianapolis area.