A community-based group that owns a historic Jackson County landmark is looking toward the future with recent clean-up efforts that could lead to its eventual restoration as a park. Medora Brick Plant & Historical Sites Inc. recently held a dedication ceremony and discussed its intention to transform the site into an attraction. Bricks were produced on-site until the early 1990s and the organization officially acquired the property in December.
The Tribune in Seymour reports dozens gathered at the site on Memorial Day to celebrate the once thriving industrial space and the aging kilns and other buildings deteriorating with age and lack of use. Restoration work gained momentum two years ago and organizers of the preservation efforts, which include Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Office Director Greg Sekula, say fundraising will be the next major challenge. He tells the publication a goal is to have the six-acre property, first listed on Indiana Landmarks 10 Most Endangered Sites list in the mid-2000s, placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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By Karen Valencic Founder and President, Spiral Impact
"Problems cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them," is attributed to Einstein over 75 years ago. This still holds true, particularly in challenging communications. Many people address conflict at the level it was created by rehashing and building more evidence for their ‘side’ of an argument. Repeating a position tends to intensify the separation of people.
An Indiana University alumnus who founded the information technology firm, ServiceNow, has given his alma mater $60 million to establish an artificial intelligence center. The university says the gift from cloud-computing pioneer Fred Luddy is the second largest in the history of the IU.
South Dakota-based POET LLC, the nation’s largest biofuels producer, is moving forward with a plan to shut down its biorefining plant in Cloverdale, leaving 50 Hoosiers without jobs effective Friday. The company tells Inside INdiana Business that it is not making any changes to the plans announced two months ago.
Indy Reads Books has hired Chrissy Vasquez (pictured) as chief development officer to oversee marketing, development and the store. Also, Adam Ramsey (pictured) has been named manager of engagement, specializing in story telling through video and social media. Vasquez previously served as executive director and vice president of operations for Back on My Feet.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled three public meetings for next week to update the community on the I-69 Section 6 road project. Section 6 is an approximately $1.5 billion new interstate project stretching from Martinsville to I-465 in Indianapolis.
After three years on the job, Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer Bob Stutz is moving into a new role. Stutz, who will remain in Indianapolis, is now executive vice president of strategic partners at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM). Since arriving in Indianapolis, Stutz has overseen the establishment of the company’s regional headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, which included the Salesforce name being placed atop the state’s tallest building.