This Week on Inside INdiana Business Television



Tom Henry, Mayor of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne returns to its historical riverfront with the NEW Promenade Park, a development that renews Fort Wayne’s three rivers as a regional destination for recreation, arts, and culture. This one-of-a-kind park joins natural rivers with downtown Fort Wayne's thriving urban center. Promenade Park, an innovative new Midwest destination, features many interactive elements, including a treetop canopy trail that stretches 560 feet from the historic Wells Street Bridge to the Harrison Street Bridge, offering a treetop view of the park, the river, and the Fort Wayne skyline. In addition, visitors will find 4.2 amazing acres of fun, including an accessible playground, interactive water features, amphitheatre, dining garden, and more. The Midwest’s NEWEST attraction will forever change Fort Wayne, Indiana as a destination. This innovative, interactive park connects Fort Wayne’s three rivers – the St. Marys, St. Joseph, and Maumee - to downtown Fort Wayne in a way that will allow for everyone to experience the natural rivers in the heart of Fort Wayne’s urban center! White Lodging today announced the opening of Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Fort Wayne Downtown. The property offers two new-to-Fort Wayne restaurant concepts – Burger Bar and the city’s only open-air rooftop bar, Conner’s Rooftop. Fort Wayne’s latest public art display is a nod to one of Fort Wayne’s most famous historical residents, John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. The “Making Children Smile” statue features Johnny Appleseed seated on a bench with a shiny red apple in his outstretched hand. Groundbreaking was held in May with local entrepreneur Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, Bashar Wali, President of Provenance Hotels, a Portland, Oregon-based hotel owner and operator, and local dignitaries to ceremonially break ground on a new 124-room boutique hotel in downtown Fort Wayne, the city where Baekgaard co-founded the iconic lifestyle brand, Vera Bradley, and grew it into a global leader in women’s handbags, luggage and travel items. Construction continues on The Landing. The Model Group, developer for The Landing on West Columbia Street, held the groundbreaking in February 2018 on the $32.2 million project. The Landing project includes the historic rehabilitation of seven buildings and the construction of one new building at 111 W. Columbia St. The project includes 70 apartments and 56,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.


Cameron Crenshaw, Engineer, Rolls-Royce

PLTW alum in Indianapolis area working in STEM. Theme: What interaction with local companies and classroom activities and projects helped you visualize and explore this career path?


Michael Crafton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nelbud Services

Conexus Indiana has new data to discuss from a study they did to measure parent/educator perceptions of the advanced manufacturing and logistics industry. The data is a good lead into why Manufacturing Day - a national event that will also take place in Indiana the first week in October - is so important. Also, learn what some companies are doing to help change perception. The organization has re-focused its vision and mission and is working to determine how best to prepare Indiana for the next Industrial Revolution - Industry 4.0 - and the new technologies that are driving the manufacturing and logistics industries.


Jenny Androne, President and Owner, Schott Design Inc. and Pamela Francis, Managing Director, Schott Design Inc.

Indiana has fallen way behind in terms of recycling.  Further - the Construction and Demolition industry - which are both a part of at Schott Design - is the biggest contributor to landfills. Schott is embarking on a program to turn this around.  As the market leader in the Commercial Interior Design Industry here in Indianapolis - they are starting a movement to deconstruct spaces, and recycle what can be recycled, and then reuse the items that cannot, in order to keep this debris out of the landfills. They have engaged market partners such as construction companies, vendors and building owners to commit and participate - and have started a subsidiary at Schott to facilitate the exchange of items like doors and cabinets between buildings to keep them out of the landfill. Their hope is that as this grows, other design firms, building owners and construction firms will follow suit and make recycling and reuse the market standard in commercial construction.  


Phil Powell, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, IU Kelley School of Business

A new graduate certificate at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business on IUPUI's campus provides business training to health care providers so they can both manage and improve patient care. The program begins in the fall. The Graduate Certificate in Medical Management is a 12-month program that gives nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, anesthesiology assistants, pharmacists, medical technicians and other front-line, non-physician health care professionals the business acumen and skills needed to lead a health care organization and to implement changes that improve patient care and outcomes. In the program, health care professionals will learn from Kelley faculty with years of experience researching and teaching on the intersection of health care and business. The 15-credit graduate certificate can be completed in one year through online work and biweekly in-class evening sessions that are similar to clinicals. The Graduate Certificate in Medical Management rounds out the health care offerings from the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. Other offerings include the Business of Medicine Physician MBA for mid-career physicians, a joint MD/MBA with the IU School of Medicine for students currently pursuing an MD and a Scholarly Concentration for IU School of Medicine students.


Ally Nickerson, UIndy Sophomore & ICC Grant Recipient and J.R. Jamison, Executive Director, Indiana Campus Compact

Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a three-year $900,000 grant to Indiana Campus Compact, a partnership of 44 institutions of higher education representing 70 campuses throughout the state committed to preparing college students to advance the public good in their communities. The funding began in July and will enable Indiana Campus Compact to create and support programs that prepare college students as the next generation of civic leaders and community-minded workforce for the state of Indiana. For more than 25 years, Indiana Campus Compact has engaged public, private, two-year, and four-year institutions across the state to mobilize administrators, faculty, staff, students, and their community partners for place-based education and localized community impact. The work of Indiana Campus Compact has benefited not only institutions of higher education and thousands of students, but also hundreds of Indiana communities. Through this three-year initiative, Indiana campuses and community agencies will be able to have a positive impact on tens of thousands of community members while preparing current college students for a life of reciprocal community engagement in all aspects of their professional and personal lives. Indiana Campus Compact is an affiliate of National Campus Compact, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Rick Witsken, Pickleball Professional

Rick Witsken began his post-tennis career working with his brother, 1986 U.S. Open singles champion Todd Witsken, at the Indianapolis Tennis Center, serving as tennis director and coach of the IUPUI men’s tennis team. Todd died in 1998 at age 34 after a nearly two-year battle with brain cancer. Witsken, a Zionsville resident, founded Team Witsken Tennis 20 years ago after losing his brother, to honor him. Team Witsken has coordinated tennis programming in the greater Indianapolis area for 16 years. When Witsken was introduced to pickleball five years ago, he immediately loved it and soon began coaching. He now plays nearly 20 professional tournaments each year, earning prize money and sponsorships, and offers pickleball programs for all ages and levels through Team Witsken. This year, he will play a pickleball tournament with former U.S. Open and Wimbledon tennis doubles champion Ellis Ferreira. Pickleball combines elements of tennis, racquetball and ping pong and can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly lowered tennis net. The sport is typically played with composite paddles with thin laminate faces, though some paddles are made from different materials. It uses a plastic ball with circular holes. Although there are many singles players, the game is largely recognized as a doubles sport.


Tim Cook, CEO, KSM Location Advisors and Katie Culp, President, KSM Location Advisors

How strong is Indiana’s economy if a recession were to hit? KSM Location Advisors CEO Tim Cook and President Katie Culp are here to weigh in on this month’s (i) on Economic Development.

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