Trendiana: 2020 Food Trends
With the New Year, perhaps your resolution should be to try new foods. Yelp has analyzed more than 28 million reviews to find this year’s top food trends. In this month’s Trendiana segment, Brittany Smith shows us where you can find the most photo-worthy and delicious dishes across the Hoosier state. For more on the study click here.
IU School of Medicine Triple Negative Breast Cancer Study
IU School of Medicine researchers have discovered life-changing research for one of the most aggressive and deadliest forms of breast cancer. What it means to survivors worried about the disease returning. Milan Radovich, co-leader of the Precision Health Triple Negative Breast Cancer program and Ginny Mason, a triple negative breast cancer survivor, discuss how the discovery is opening the door for a new study to uncover better treatments for patients.
(i) on Education: Ball State Center for Civic Design
A program connecting Ball State architecture students and urban neighborhoods in Indianapolis is expanding. College of Architecture and Planning Dean Dave Ferguson has more on the new Center for Civic Design and how it can be a game-changer for students, businesses and the community.
INsiders: Penske Takes the Wheel, IEDC Record Year & 2020 General Assembly
Each week a group of INsiders joins us to offer perspective on some of the week’s top stories. This week we’re sounding off on Roger Penske officially taking control of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says 2019 was a record year for investment and wages. This week’s panel: Faegre Baker Daniels Partner Murray Clark, Beck Communications Group President Lara Beck and Katz Korin Cunningham Co-founding Partner Norris Cunningham.
2020 Economic Outlook
We are just a few days into the New Year, and we are looking ahead at what we can expect from the Hoosier economy in 2020. Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University Director Mike Hicks shares his forecast for growth and what he sees as the big story lines in the year ahead.
Indiana Retail Council's New Leader
The Indiana Retail Council is a nonprofit trade association that for nearly 60 years has been the voice for the state’s retail community. With the retirement of long time President Grant Monahan, the organization begins the New Year with a new leader. Executive Director Melissa Coxey shares the mission of the Council.
The Arbuckle Helps Transform Downtown Brownsburg
Brownsburg is undergoing a major transformation with the creation of a town center. General Counsel and Lead Developer, Flaherty & Collins Properties Deron Kintner explains how The Arbuckle, a $40 million mixed-use development, is key to attracting people to downtown Brownsburg.
The Hot Room Adds Locations
An Indianapolis entrepreneur opened The Hot Room in 2013, and the yoga studio has “stretched” its business to three studios now…including its first out-of-state…near Chicago. But there are more on the way in central Indiana as well. Owner Hye Jin Kalgaonkar talks about expansion plans.
The Year Ahead in Sports
For decades, central Indiana has reaped the economic fruits of hosting huge sporting events…from the Indianapolis 500 to NCAA Final Fours. Although college basketball’s crown jewel won’t be here until 2021, Indy will host a Regional Round this year. And, 2020 marks the first year the Indy 500 run under the leadership of Roger Penske. Bill Benner breaks down the year ahead in Inside INdiana Sports.
INsiders: 2020 Economic Outlook
Each week a group of INsiders joins us to offer perspective on some of the week’s top stories. This week we’re looking back at 2019 and also ahead to how the state’s economic landscape is shaping up as we head into the New Year. This week’s panel: Hallowell Consulting President Jennifer Hallowell, IndyPolitics.org Publisher Abdul-Hakim Shabazz and Director for the Ball State University Center for Business Mike Hicks.
Easterseals Crossroads has been a leader in the nonprofit community in many ways for decades, including its reliance on “social enterprise” for a significant portion of funding. CEO J. Patrick Sandy explains how its latest acquisition will help the nonprofit serve even more children and adults.
Indiana to Host Inaugural Global Economic Summit
It’s being billed as the “Davos of the Midwest”...the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to host the inaugural Global Economic Summit...Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger explains who’s coming and why it could be a game changer for Indiana for years to come.
HG Ventures Invests in 120WaterAudit
This week we conclude our look inside Indianapolis-based The Heritage Group, a multi-generational Indiana success story spanning nine decades. Today, The Heritage Group is made up of more than 30 operating companies and 5,000 employees, doing business around the globe. In part three of our series, we look at another example of the company’s commitment to innovation with Kip Frey, Managing Partner, HG Ventures and EVP, The Heritage Group & Megan Glover, CEO, 120WaterAudit.
Indiana Donor Network Milestone, Rose Parade Connection
When the Rose Parade rolls through the streets of Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day, a Hoosier hero will be featured on the Donate Life float. Indiana Donor Network says her story speaks to the importance of donor registration, which recently achieved a major milestone in Indiana. Tammy Hackman, Tristan’s mother and Indiana Donor Network CEO Kellie Hanner share her story.
Marian University's Athletic Success
Now in his ninth season as Marian University athletic director, Indianapolis native Steve Downing is overseeing unprecedented athletic success at the school’s campus on the city’s northwest side. We highlight some of the school’s accomplishments with their student athletes.
(i) on Education: Nextech
The landscape of Computer Science has changed dramatically since Nextech launched nearly 5 years ago. Nextech President Karen Jung talks about how the conversation and legislative attention has changed the way computer science is viewed today, including how Nextech scales its programs for K-12 students.
INnovators: Orthodontic Details Marketplace
A revolutionary way for orthodontists to buy all the equipment they need: a one-stop online shop with roots right here in central Indiana. Nick Wangler, co-founder of Orthodontic Details Marketplace, joins us in the INnovators with Dr. K to explain how it works.
The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars
Last week we gave you a rare look inside The Heritage Group on the northwest side of Indianapolis...a multi-generational, family owned business with more than 5,000 employees and business dealings around the globe. In part two of our series, Managing Director Lesa Mitchell explains how The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars is helping 10 start-ups from around the world take their companies to the next level.
Role Expanding for New Indiana Destination Group
Tourism could be a key driver for attracting jobs and investment to Indiana. The Secretary and CEO of the newly-formed Indiana Destination Development Corporation Elaine Bedel has more on the agency’s mission as they embark on a new approach to brand and promote Indiana, which ultimately will attract businesses, talent, students, and visitors. To provide direction to the IDDC, please complete this survey.
State of Trucking Industry
The state of the trucking industry after Indianapolis-based Celadon’s stunning bankruptcy filing and closure leaving thousands without a job, stranding some on the road. President of the Indiana Motor Truck Association Gary Langston explains how the impact is reaching far beyond Indiana.
20th Colts Bleed Blue Blood Drive
The holiday season is a time for giving and the Indianapolis Colts and Versiti Blood Center are hoping many will consider donating the gift of life. Versiti Area Vice President and Director of Donor Services Penny Schroeder explains how you can help by donating blood at the 20th Bleed Blue Blood Drive.
Marian University's New Initiatives
Marian University says it is shaping the next generation of educators. From recruiting more African American male teachers to targeting veterans and active duty military into considering careers in teaching. Dean of Fred Klipsch Educators College Kenith Britt and UNCF Regional Development Director Andrea Neely explain more about the programs and how a federal grant will help fund its groundbreaking teacher residency program—one of the first of its kind in the country.
Raymond James Indiana Hall of Fame Classic
It’s an in-between-the-holidays hoops tradition and attracts some of the best girls and boys high school teams in Indiana. Bill Benner has talks with Basketball Hall of Fame Executive Director Chris May about the Raymond James Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Classic the weekend of December 27th and 28th at the famed New Castle Fieldhouse, the Hall of Fame’s neighbor.
INsiders: State of Trucking, White Lodging Plan Scrapped & Purdue Room & Board
Each week a group of INsiders offer perspective on the week’s top stories. This week we’re sounding off on Celadon filing for bankruptcy, the governor’s 2020 agenda and White Lodging’s decision to scrap plans for the former Star Plaza Theatre site in Merrillville. Our panel: 16 Tech CFO Robert Herzog, Head of School at the International School, Elizabeth Head and Principal for the Winston-Terrell Group Robin Winston.
Big Ten Championship Makes Big Economic Impact
Big Ten Football Championship weekend is here, Wisconsin and Ohio State fans bringing a sea of red to downtown Indy and the color green for hotels, bars and restaurants who are cashing in...Indiana Sports Corp President Ryan Vaughn explains the economic impact and if the game will stay in Indy.
ProTeam Tactical Performance
A young Indianapolis company believes it can help prevent injuries among firefighters by treating them like professional athletes. And a familiar name in Hoosier sports is leading the charge: former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jim Sorgi. ProTeam Tactical Performance is using a new technology in Indiana it says could help stop these injuries before they happen.
1st Maker Space
They’re called makerspaces… spaces where students gather to create, invent and learn to build their STEM skills and Indiana-based 1st Maker Space is a leader in this unique educational approach. President and CEO Mary Rinehart and Co-founder Kim Brand explain what it could mean for workforce development and entrepreneurship.
Bo Boroski Launches RefQuest.com
He has risen through the ranks to the top echelon of officiating, including being assigned to work his first NCAA Men’s Final Four last spring. But Bo Boroski wants to assist the striped shirts at other levels of basketball, and he’s developed an on-line tool called RefQuest to do just that.
AgriNovus INsiders: Indiana Agbioscience Landscape
This week, we welcome a special group of INsiders to offer perspective on the push to support more agbioscience entrepreneurs in Indiana and to also look back on the successes of 2019. AgriNovus President and CEO Beth Bechdol, Ag Alumni Seed President and CEO Jay Hulbert and Solinftec COO Daniel Padrão share their perspectives.
INsiders: Holiday Shopping Outlook, Solinftec HQ & Cummins Layoffs
Each week a group of INsiders joins us to sound off on some of the state’s top stories. This week they sound off on the holiday shopping forecast, how Indiana landed another global headquarters—this one from South America…and big layoffs planned at Cummins. Our panel includes: Business Furniture CEO Mary Beth Oakes, Butler University Professor of Economics Bill Rieber and VOX Global Managing Director Mike Marker.
Paramount Health Data Project
One of the keys to success in the classroom is student health...Paramount Schools of Excellence is taking a unique approach to increase test scores by decreasing the number of visits to the school nurse. Executive Director at Paramount Schools of Excellence Tommy Reddicks and Dr. Azure Angelov, an independent researcher shares the goal of the project and highlights some of the results.
NAWBO Visionary Awards
The National Association of Women Business Owners or NAWBO is a unified voice for America's more than 11 million women-owned businesses. NAWBO-Indianapolis is celebrating the 16th year of its Visionary Awards luncheon...a testament to the community’s desire to see women in business succeed. President of the NAWBO-Indianapolis Board of Directors Lisa Purichia explains the NAWBO impact and why the awards are important.
America's Crossroads Bowl in Hobart
Hobart prepares to host Truman University from the Indianapolis-based Great Lakes Valley Conference and Ohio Dominican from the Great Midwest Conference will square off at Hobart’s Brickyard Stadium in a bowl game featuring NCAA Division II institutions. Jim Naumovich, Commissioner of the GLVC, and Katie Holderby, Executive Vice President of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, co-host of the game with the city of Hobart and explain the new endeavor.
The American Dream Thrives at ISU
We head west to Indiana State University where a Sycamore alum…and the school’s first female president…is leading the charge to carve out a new identity for ISU. President Deborah Curtis joins us to share her vision on making “American Dream” thrive at the university.
INsiders: Lilly $400M Investment, Bosma Stepping Down & NCAA Endorsements Ruling
Each week a group of INsiders joins us to sound off on some of the state’s top stories...this week, Lilly with a $400 million plan to expand in Indy...Brian Bosma leaving the legislature and NCAA board OKs athlete compensation for image, likeness, and more! Joining me are Kaannan & Associates Founder and Principal Aubrey Annan, Content by Carter President and CEO Cam Carter and Ice Miller Partner In Charge Of Client Relations Melissa Proffitt.
Lifeline Data Center's New Patented Technology
The explosion of technology has put a strain on energy use at a vital resource for nearly every business on the planet… data centers. Co-owner and President Alex Carroll of Lifeline Data Centers explains how a new patented technology can help combat high energy consumption needs.
Perspective on 2020 Priorities For Indiana General Assembly
As 2019 is quickly drawing to a close, state legislators are looking ahead at priorities for the 2020 Indiana General Assembly. Ginovus Executive Managing Director Larry Gigerich has perspective and a look at some the of top priorities when it comes to economic development.
Terre Haute's Big Projects
Big things are brewing in Terre Haute… plans are underway on a highly anticipated casino and construction continues on a long-talked about Convention Center. Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce President Kristin Craig has details on the potential impact and what’s next for Vigo County and the Wabash Valley.
Trendiana: Iconic Hoosier Eats
The holidays are the perfect time to try some iconic Hoosier eats like sugar cream pie, or maybe a piping hot tenderloin or Indiana’s signature wine, Traminette that is grown and served at over half of the state’s wineries. Yelp’s Brittany Smith takes us on a statewide tour in this month’s Trendiana segment.
NCAA Ruling on Endorsements For Athletes
Big changes may be coming for NCAA student-athletes. The NCAA has opened the door for student-athletes to be compensated for the use of their likenesses. NCAA Chief Operating Officer Donald Remy explains what’s behind the move and break down next steps in making the plan come together.
Infosys Celebrates Beam Signing on Education Center
The Infosys U.S. Education Center reaches a construction milestone on more than 70-acres at the former Indianapolis International Airport terminal...Rick Cardwell, the head of the company’s Midwest region, has new details on the $245 million and plans for adding 3,000 jobs.
Project Lead The Way: Businesses Can Build Workforce of Tomorrow
Project Lead the Way is continuing its focus on Indiana’s Future-Ready Workforce. This week we explore some of the most effective ways businesses can get involved to support students and build the workforce of tomorrow? Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Brandi Davis-Handy explains how companies can engage with local schools by investing time, resources or expertise.
Indiana Grown Launches Buyer's Guide
Kids may like pizza and fries for lunch, but Indiana schools also want them to eat fresh, healthy, locally grown food, too. And now there is a new tool to help make that happen. In the Business of Health, Indiana Grown Program Director Heather Tallman explains how the new Buyer's Guide can help.
New Esports Gaming Lounge at Butler University
Some of the hottest jobs of the future are expected to be in the world of Esports and video gaming. Director of Esports and Gaming Technology at Butler University Eric Kammeyer explains what Butler is doing for students and the gamers around the city of Indianapolis.
(i) on Economic Dev: Millennials vs Baby Boomers
Are Boomers staying too long on the job? If so, are they blocking growth opportunities for Millennials and Gen Xers? And what impact is it having on businesses? KSM Location Advisors CEO Tim Cook and President Katie Culp are here to weigh in on this in this month’s (i) on Economic Development.
Perspective on Penske Buys IMS
For some perspective on the sale of Hulman & Co. and its subsidiaries, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series, and IMS Productions, to Penske Entertainment Corporation and what it all means... Inside INdiana Business Contributor Bill Benner offers his perspective.
Indy Autonomous Challenge
There was another big announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week. The IMS and Energy Systems Network have announced a $1 million prize competition surrounding autonomous vehicles. The Indy Autonomous Challenge will feature universities from around the world creating software for self-driving Indy Lights cars. IMS President Doug Boles and Energy Systems Network CEO Paul Mitchell explain how the two-year competition will culminate in a head-to-head, high-speed race in 2021.
INsiders: Penske Buys IMS, What's Next? and Grand Junction Groundbreaking
Each week a group of INsiders joins us to offer perspective on the week’s top stories. This week sounding off on the change in ownership at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Roger Penske’s vision to grow the track and more. CHARGE President and Founder Ken Ungar, Bose Public Affairs Group Principal Roger Harvey and Bill Benner share their perspectives.
Janus Developmental Services 40th Anniversary
A nonprofit in Noblesville is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Janus Developmental Services works with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, matching them with jobs in the community. CEO Christina Sorensen explains the benefits for businesses and clients.
IMS, IndyCar Series to Sell to Penske
It’s the end of an era… and the beginning of a new one. The Hulman-George family selling the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar series Penske Entertainment Corp. and legendary team owner and business executive Roger Penske. Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles discusses the impact the blockbuster deal could have on IMS, Indiana and open wheel racing.
Tippecanoe Building Trades Camp
It’s a summer camp like no other! The first ever Construction Camp, hosted by the Tippecanoe Building Trades Construction Council, gave students hands-on experience to learn about specific trades alongside professional educators and apprentice instructors. Tippecanoe Building Trades President Stephen Snyder has more on plans to grow the camp for next summer and how camp impacted the trade associations with an immediate uptick in traffic and interest in available job openings.
NW INdiana Road Show: State of the Steel Industry
For more than a century, the steel industry has employed thousands and served as the backbone of the northwest Indiana economy. From U.S. Steel’s largest domestic mill, Gary Works, to ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor complex in East Chicago, the largest integrated steel making facility in North America, steel is still important, but a very different industry here... The Times of Northwest Indiana Business Reporter Joseph S. Pete looks at what’s next.
NW INdiana Road Show: BNutty's Growing Success
Two “soccer moms” created Portage-based BNutty, a gourmet peanut butter company that outgrew its humble beginnings in a kitchen and is now expanding and investing nearly $2 million with plans to create up to 100 new jobs. Owners Joy Thompkins and Carol Podolak share their story and vision.
NW INdiana Road Show: Workforce Development & Emerging Economic Drivers
Northwest Indiana is the state’s second-largest regional economy and the steel industry has served as its backbone for decades. But there are other emerging economic drivers, like a $40 million data center planned for Hammond, which is targeting companies like Amazon and Hulu. Workforce development will be key in filling these new economy jobs. Center of Workforce Innovations in Porter County CEO Linda Woloshansky explains more about the region’s changing workforce.
NW INdiana Road Show: The State of the Economy in NWI
The South Shore Line West Lake Corridor is billed as the project of a generation, creating a crucial "Hoosier Gateway to Chicago." Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority CEO Bill Hanna talks about the South Shore and other projects remaking the region.
NW INdiana Road Show: Grass is Greener in Indiana Campaign
There’s a new mantra and movement that’s gaining traction here in the region: it’s called the Grass is Greener in Indiana campaign. South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Speros Batistatos explains what it is and why it’s specifically aimed at those living in neighboring Illinois.
NW INdiana Road Show: Mascot Hall of Fame Museum
You see them on the sidelines, in the stands or on the field or court... and now the Mascot Hall of Fame honors these entertaining, unsung heroes of sports and communities! The interactive exhibits are focused on STEAM-based education… Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Executive Director Orestes Hernandez shares how this unique venue is 25,000 square-feet of fun for kids, adults and sports fans.
NW INdiana Road Show: Dunes National Park & Tourism
Tourism in northwest Indiana is big business, especially after the Dunes earned national park status earlier this year, a first for the state. We’ll talk with Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer about record crowds and what’s ahead.
NW INdiana Road Show: The INsiders
Each week a group of INsiders offer perspective on the week’s top stories. This week our special panel is sounding off on all things NWI. From the West Lake Corridor project to the focus on getting more people to move to IN from IL to how the Region is stepping up its workforce development game. Our panel: Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson, NIPSCO Economic Development Director Don Babcock and South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Speros Batistatos.
New Indy Fuel Coach Talks New Season
The Indy Fuel are opening their new East Coast Hockey League season with a new coach and he’s intent on making the Fuel into an ECHL contender. Doug Christiansen is also the Fuel general manager and he arrives from the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs, where he compiled an excellent record and guided the team into the second round of the playoffs. Christiansen is in studio to share his vision.
(i) on Education: Golden Bear Preschool
It’s a problem facing many Indiana communities: what to do with those old, vacant big box stores like Marsh? Some of the buildings have been transformed into indoor recreation spaces and storage facilities. But not in Shelby County—desks and crayons have replaced grocery aisles. We go inside the new Golden Bear Preschool.
Business of Health: Responding to the Addiction Crisis
Indiana University is marking its two-year anniversary of waging war on opioid abuse. IU launched the “Responding to the Addictions Crisis” in 2017 as part of the Grand Challenges Program. IU’s initiative is the nation's largest and most comprehensive university-led response. As it marks the 2-year anniversary, leaders are reflecting on some of the progress made.
Foppers Pet Treat Bakery Sees National Growth
Foppers Pet Treat Bakery in Logansport is the brainchild of a mom who gave in to her daughter’s wish to bring a dog into the family. Shortly after “Holly” joined the fold, the Michelle Leffert started a small pet boutique bakery. That was 2004. Today, that startup has grown into a multi-million-dollar business and one of the winners of Walmart’s Open Call event in June. CEO Michelle Leffert explains her company’s keys to success.
Around Indiana: Indiana's Teacher of the Year
Up until about six years ago, Tam Markey worked in the corporate world as engineer with Amoco and BP Pipelines. But the Purdue grad always wanted to be a teacher. So, Markey followed her heart and applied for a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship to teach high school engineering. Now Markey holds the distinction of being Indiana’s Teacher of the Year for her work at Lawrence Township’s McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology.
Inside Innovation: Covideo
Rising startup Covideo has evolved from a bootstrap startup in Lafayette to a thriving business now located in Indianapolis. Learn why Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg recently named Covideo the Top-Rated Health and Balance winner at the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards.
AgriNovus CEO Talks National FFA Convention
This week, 70,000 people will descend on downtown Indianapolis for the annual National FFA Convention with a laser focus: how best to attract talent and develop the next generation of agbioscience leaders in Indiana. AgriNovus Indiana is playing a key role in all this and president and CEO Beth Bechdol joins us on the show to explain how.
What's Next For the Former GM Stamping Plant?
What’s next for the former GM Stamping plant site in downtown Indianapolis now that plans for the $1.4 billion Waterside have been scrapped? Will the city follow through on its imminent domain threat? Leadership from Ambrose Property Group reacts and talks next moves.
Inside Innovation: New Renewable Natural Gas Facility
A major Renewable Natural Gas facility is coming to Indianapolis. It will convert landfill gas into approximately 8 million gallons of RNG annually. Kinetrex Energy CEO Aaron Johnson has more on the environmental and economic impact of this big investment.
Ingram Micro Opens Sixth Indiana Operation
Ingram Micro is a global leader in technology and supply chain services and is growing again in Indiana, with plans to add more than 100 jobs...this time in Plainfield. Executive Director of North American Operations Steve Osborne explains why the Hoosier state is a good fit.
2019 Indiana Conference For Women Preview
Since its inception in 2011, the one-day Indiana Conference for Women has become the largest gathering of professional and entrepreneurial women in the Midwest. The goal of the conference is to build a strong ecosystem that helps women build careers, create companies and experience positive lives. Indiana Conference for Women Founder Billie Dragoo-Garcia and Executive Director Pam Dyar have a preview of this year’s event.
Humane Society For Hamilton County Seeking New Facility
The Humane Society for Hamilton County started at the county jail campus, then moved next to a hazardous waste facility. In the business of nonprofits, hear about plans for a state-of-the art facility and the impact that goes beyond animal care. President and CEO Rebecca Stevens and Chairman of the Board, Humane Society for Hamilton County Kim Ebert detail a huge fundraising campaign.
Pet Wellness Clinics Unveil New Tele-Tails Service
Telemedicine is already connecting patients with doctors. Now the digital age is linking veterinarians with pet owners. Pet Wellness Clinics Associate Veterinarian Dr. Kerry Peterson explains how its new Tele-Tails service means your pet can see the vet without leaving home and why it can benefit both vets and pet owners.
(i) on Education: College Equity Report
A new report provides a snapshot of the state’s effort to close the achievement gap. A key factor? The 21st Century Scholars Program. Indiana Commission for Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers breaks down the report and explains where improvements can be made.
ISU Master Plan For Sycamore Sports District
For now, it’s just a vision, but officials at Indiana State University are daring to dream---to see what-could-be---for ISU athletics facilities. Indiana State officials have unveiled a master plan for an on-campus athletics complex called the Sycamore Sports District. ISU’s Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales details the plan that calls for a new softball field, a basketball practice facility and perhaps most importantly, an on-campus football stadium.
INsiders: GM Stamping Plant Future, Ruoff Fort Wayne HQ, Colts Pivotal Game
Each week a group of INsiders offer perspective on the week’s top stories. This week sounding off on what’s next for the old GM Stamping plant site in downtown Indianapolis…plus expansion plans for Ruoff Mortgage in Fort Wayne and much more.
Indy Scream Park GM: Business of Halloween is an Evolution
The general manager of Indy Scream Park says Halloween attractions have gone from simple, local novelties to a competitive industry. The haunted house park in Anderson is celebrating its 10th year and during that time, has opened a sister facility in Florida and is looking toward further upgrades for future years, including a ride attraction in addition to the haunted houses.
INsiders: Asia Trips, GFS Westfield & Brewery Awards
Each week a group of INsiders joins us to offer perspective on the week’s top stories. This week we’re sounding off on the potential impact of increased overseas economic development trips, a new distribution center and hundreds of jobs coming to Westfield and Hoosier breweries shine in Denver.
Inside the All-Star Legacy Project 2021
Indianapolis is gearing up to host the star-studded NBA All-Star weekend in less than a year and-a-half. All-Star Legacy Project host committee co-chair Rafael Sanchez explains how it’s going to be an event with statewide impact and a potential game-changer for 21 youth-serving nonprofits and hundreds of kids around the state.
(i) on Education: Marion Aviation Academy
Students in Marion are soaring to new heights in the Aviation Academy at the Marion Regional Career Center. The unique, two-year program is a partnership with Marion Community Schools in Grant County. Aviation Instructor Scott Simpson and Aviation Academy Student Emma Jacobs talk about the program and how it could help attract new business to Grant County.
Business of Health: ChamberCare
It’s being billed as a game-changer for Indiana small businesses when it comes to health insurance. Thanks to a new alliance between the Indiana Chamber and Anthem, small businesses can now participate in plans typically only available to larger companies. Leadership from the Chamber and Anthem are in studio with details.
International Economic Development Council Conference in Indy
The International Economic Development Council is a nonprofit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers around the globe. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind in the world. This year the annual conference will be held in Indianapolis and the theme is Driving Growth, the race for talent, innovation and place. Host Committee Chairperson Maureen Krauss shares how Indy landed the conference and why it’s important.
Inside Innovation: Genesys
Genesys says it powers more than 25 billion of the world’s best customer experiences each year. More than 11,000 companies in over 100 countries trust Genesys Cloud’s platform. Vice President of Corporate Affairs Todd Pedersen explains why the company was recently named Powderkeg’s Top-Rated Social Impact winner.
I on Education: PopUp Business School
An alternative to the traditional way of starting a business which usually consists of things like writing a business plan and securing a loan. It’s called the PopUp Business School. It’s free and it’s coming to Indianapolis. Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Office of Community Engagement at IUPUI Teresa Bennett explains how the school works.
The INsiders: Indiana National Lab Day
Each week a group of INsiders joins me to offer perspective on what’s happening around Indiana. This week we discuss the importance of the Indiana National Lab Day event which is Monday. It’s an effort to bring together researchers, industry, government and other key stakeholders from Indiana and the U.S. to build on the research capabilities and strengths in Indiana in the areas of Trusted Microelectronics, Artificial Intelligence, Hypersonics and Quantum Science.
Indianapolis-based Powderkeg recently honored Indiana tech companies who emphasize and prioritize strong workplace culture. This week, we profile AuthentiCx, a business that walked away with the top award for “emerging culture.” Founder and CEO Amy Brown shares their keys to success.
Business of Health: New Concept Focused on Memory Care
Indianapolis-based Senior Home Companions has been providing non-medical in-home care for aging Hoosiers for 25 years. Building on that experience, the company is launching a new concept focused on memory care. Owner and President David Morgan shows us more of how the new model in memory care works.
Indy Eleven's Season & Eleven Park Update
The Indy Eleven are about to wrap up a very successful regular season and head into the United Soccer League playoffs. Despite a recent rough road stretch, the Eleven remain very much in the USL playoff hunt, especially because of an amazing run of dominance on their home pitch at Lucas Oil Stadium. Team President and CEO Greg Stremlaw discusses the season thus far and has an update on plans for a hoped-for new home of Indy Eleven Park.
Impact of IND on the Indiana Economy
The impact of Indianapolis International Airport on the Indiana economy. For the second time in four years J.D. Power has named Indy the best medium-sized airport in North America. But with more nonstop flights and massive development on the way, the economic impact continues to grow. Airport Executive Director Mario Rodriguez has details.
Tech Sector Rolls Out Red Carpet for Talent
The chief executive officer of TechPoint says the response to the "Wish You Were Here" campaign exceeded expectations. The state's technology accelerator has partnered with Indianapolis-based TMap LLC in an effort to bring former Hoosiers currently working out of state back to Indiana. Mike Langellier said they had hoped for 100-150 applicants and ended up with nearly 400 from throughout the country.
Federal Grant Creates IU Alzheimer's Center
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $36 million grant to the IU School of Medicine to launch a drug discovery center focused on accelerating the development of treatments for Alzheimer's disease. The center is part of a strategic partnership with the Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery, and IU says the partnership is one of only two multi-institution teams in the country selected for a new federal program designed to grow the drug development pipeline for the disease.
Tech: IU Ventures
IU Ventures recently launched the IU Angel Network to help connect IU affiliated companies with prospective investor’s among Indiana University’s global community of alumni, faculty, staff and students. IU Ventures CEO Tony Armstrong and Associate Vice President Jason Whitney explain how the network will further IU’s mission of fostering an entrepreneurial culture that contributes to the state’s economy.
Business Spotlight: Baker Hill
Built on more than 30 years of industry experience, Carmel-based Baker Hill says it is continuing to deliver cutting-edge banking solutions that empower financial institutions. Its NextGen platform serves 500 financial institutions, including more than 20% of the top 150 U.S. banks and 20% of the top 25 U.S. credit unions. CEO John Deignan explains what’s next at Baker Hill.
I on Education: IUPUC Using VR
IUPU Columbus is a pioneer in the nation with the use of virtual reality technology in its nursing simulation lab. One scenario that was developed for the lab is both timely and common to the region—neonatal abstinence syndrome, which involves an infant born to a mother addicted to drugs. UITS Executive Director of IT Services Bill Fields and IUPUC Director of Regional Healthcare Pipeline Carrie Shaver explain how the technology helps students prepare for real-life situations.
Business of Health: Hot Flashes? Cool!
Every woman, eventually, will have to make peace with menopause, and likely, the hot flashes that come with it. An IU expert believes the condition could benefit from more open dialogue, empathy, and the debunking of myths. Those are just a few goals of the new art exhibit created by Associate Dean for Research and Distinguished Professor at the IU School of Nursing Janet Carpenter. She shares more about her creation.
Pacers President Talks Mumbai Games, Fieldhouse Upgrades
The Indiana Pacers will be part of NBA history this week as the team participates in the National Basketball Association’s first games ever in India. The Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play preseason games Friday and Saturday at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai. The team will embark on the 20-hour flight Tuesday.
Around INdiana: Concerts for a Cause
Since 2016, special concerts by local and national artists, have helped raise nearly $200,000 for 14 nonprofits to help kids, adults and families in need. Concerts for a Cause hosts the quarterly live concerts to raise money for charities. Co-founder Bruce Kidd has a preview of the next concert in a few weeks and a look ahead to next year.
Zylo's $22.5M Series B Funding
Big news on the Indiana tech scene! Indianapolis-based Zylo, the largest independent enterprise Software-as-a-Service management platform, has completed one of the largest Series B rounds of funding ever in the state. CEO Eric Christopher discusses how the money will create jobs and a national tech brand.
New BioCrossroads Challenge Combines Life Sciences, Data
Indiana's life sciences initiative is launching a new competition designed to help solve two health issues facing Hoosiers: diabetes and opioid abuse. BioCrossroads says the DataX BioInnovation Challenge was created to "intersect life sciences and data research," giving innovators the opportunity to use data sets to identify and investigate hypotheses to improve the health issues. The winning team or teams could receive up to $50,000 in cash.
Innovators with Dr. K: Chexology
The entrepreneur behind start-up Chexology has seen his business grow from humble beginnings in a Broad Ripple basement to an appearance on Shark Tank to where it is today: a multi-million-dollar global company. Chexology Founder and CEO Derek Pacqué shares what’s fueling growth with Dr. K.
Business Spotlight: Pier 48 Fish House & Oyster Bar
The newest restaurant to hit the downtown Indianapolis scene is the brainchild of a former NHL hockey player with deep generational roots to the East Coast fishing industry. Meet Fred Knipscheer and learn how his family plays a key role in getting fish from sea to plate within 24 hours.
Inside INdiana Sports: Indy Premier Soccer
Six years after a merger made it Indiana’s largest youth soccer club, Indy Premier is growing physically as well as expanding its statewide presence. In addition to debuting two new turf fields, Indy Premier has formed club partnerships in Terre Haute and South Bend and now boasts of more than 2,000 players ranging from 2 years old to adults. Executive Director Bryan Michel has more on soccer’s ever-growing Hoosier presence.
Business of Health: Regenstrief Institute
Researchers at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis are taking the lead on numerous healthcare issues. From collecting and analyzing data on opioids, to the study of how certain drugs could possibly cause Alzheimer’s and dementia to trials on ways to eliminate back pain… and that’s not all. Regenstrief President and CEO Peter Embi has more on the institute’s projects.
Around INdiana: Under Secretary for Benefits
Indiana has nearly a half million veterans living in the state. And a top priority of the US Department of Veterans Affairs is to ensure that those veterans receive the benefits and services they have earned. Technology has helped the Veterans Benefits Administration streamline programs and improve benefit delivery. Under Secretary for Benefits Dr. Paul Lawrence explains what is being done to help our veterans.
Tech: Powderkeg's Tech Culture Awards
Indianapolis-based Powderkeg is honoring Indiana tech companies for workplace culture. The tech networking platform has handed out its Breakout Tech Culture Awards and Socio walked away as the top overall winner. Socio Founder Yarkin Sakucoglu and Powderkeg CEO Matt Hunckler explain what the awards mean for Indiana’s growing tech sector.
Ball State President Bullish on Growth Potential
The president of Ball State University says he is optimistic about the growth trajectory for the school and the Muncie community at large. Ball State recently set a new record for total enrollment with more than 22,000 students, including its largest-ever freshman class. The university is also continuing with several major capital projects, including the more than $87 million Foundational Sciences building, which broke ground earlier this month.
Medical Consulting Firm Opens Downtown Indy HQ
A medical consulting startup is celebrating the grand opening of its new downtown Indianapolis headquarters. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Expert RN|MD, which provides medical consultation services to law firms and life science companies, is investing $1.7 million in the new location and plans to create up to 21 jobs by the end of 2023.
‘Potential’ Fueling Downtown Makeover in Fort Wayne
As Fort Wayne prepares to christen its latest big downtown project, Mayor Tom Henry says there are no signs of transformational development slowing down in the state’s second largest city. The Landing, a $34 million downtown redevelopment project, is expected to officially open soon, one of an estimated 14 projects that Henry says can help Fort Wayne become a destination city.
Around INdiana: Conexus Indiana
Indiana has the highest concentration of manufacturing workers in the country, but the industry’s negative perception is hurting talent attraction efforts. Conexus Indiana CEO Mark Howell talks about changing the perception and putting more students on the path to advanced manufacturing and logistics jobs. If you would like to learn more about how you can participate in Manufacturing Day, visit MFGDay.com.
I on Education: Indiana Campus Compact
Learn how one Indiana organization is preparing the next generation to go beyond simply clocking in and out of work by pushing them to become civic leaders and changemakers. We’ll explain the mission of Indiana Campus Compact with Executive Director J.R. Jamison and UIndy Junior and ICC Grant Recipient Ally Nickerson.
Project Lead The Way: Rolls-Royce
We continue our Project Lead The Way “Indiana’s Future-Ready Workforce” series and learn about the value of connecting students with local businesses, especially in careers like engineering, where the job market is tight. Rolls-Royce Engineer Cameron Crenshaw explains how Project Lead The Way played a key role on his path to success.
'Day of Impact' Stresses Importance of Early Learning
Indianapolis-based Early Learning Indiana is celebrating its inaugural Early Learning Day of Impact. The event features more than 200 volunteers from throughout the city working to give a boost to the organization's nine Day Early Learning centers.
Entrepreneurs Unveiled for Fishers Test Kitchen
A group of Fishers residents has been chosen for the inaugural cohort in the Fishers Test Kitchen. The restaurant accelerator, slated to open later this fall, will feature the chefs' concepts as part of the Sun King Fishers Innovation Brewery at The Yard at Fishers District. Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, who was part of the board tasked with selecting the culinary entrepreneurs, says the accelerator is the next step in Fishers becoming an entrepreneurial city.
Inside INdiana Sports: IWit LPGA Golf Championship
In just a few weeks, the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course will host third Indiana Women in Tech Championship. It’s more than just an LPGA Tour event! It includes a leadership summit focusing on tech, diversity and inclusion as well as a STEM event for area youth. Chair of the IWiT local organizing committee Jennifer Pope Baker has more on all of the events.
State Road 37 Project Begins: 'Something Needed to be Done'
Officials in Hamilton County are celebrating the beginning of a major construction effort. The $140 million State Road 37 Improvement project aims to address traffic congestion and public safety concerns along the SR 37 corridor between 126th and 146th streets. Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt says, when complete, the four-year project will not only help motorists get to their destination more quickly, but also support businesses along the corridor.
I on Education: Evening MBA at IUPUI
The IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI has revamped its Evening MBA Program. The program is one of the most affordable top-ranked programs in the United States. Evening MBA Faculty Chair Kyle Anderson explains the reasons behind the changes to the 24-month MBA program.
Business of Health: 120WaterAudit
Children are more vulnerable to lead than adults; it can cause lower IQs and slowed physical growth. The Flint lead crisis rang alarm bells nationwide, but there are no federal regulations that require schools to test for lead, and most states have also not created laws. Here in Indiana, public schools are not required to test for lead. Zionsville-based 120WaterAudit wants to help parents, and school administrators, who may be thirsty for answers.
Trendiana: Destination Shopping
Instead of shopping online, why not hop in the car and head to hidden gems around Indiana! Yelp’s Brittany Smith has more on a Hoosier twist on a growing trend...destination shopping. Walk through countless booths at antiques malls or visit a converted diner and truck stop where many local artisans are featured under one roof.
Around INdiana: Nelbud Services
An Indianapolis-based restaurant kitchen hood cleaning company is expanding again…Nelbud already has an impressive portfolio which includes the Pentagon, Air Force One, NFL stadiums and casinos in Vegas. CEO Michael Crafton discusses new locations, adding jobs and why they’ve targeted Indy as a “dominate” market.
Penrod Arts Fair Returns to Indy
One of the country's largest single-day arts fairs returns to Indianapolis this weekend. The nonprofit Penrod Society will Saturday host its 53rd annual Penrod Arts Fair at Newfields in an effort to raise funds to support arts organizations throughout the state. More than 350 artist exhibitions will be on display and Tim Haley, the 2019 Arts Fair chair for the Penrod Society, tells Inside INdiana Business the event aims to further the nonprofit's mission to provide grants.
Results Show Sharp Drop in ILEARN Test Scores
The Indiana Department of Education has released the results of the first ILEARN exam conducted in the spring. The results show only 37.1 percent of students in grades 3-8 passed the exam, a decrease of more than 13 percent from the previous year's ISTEP+ test. State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says a drop in test scores was expected with the implementation of a new exam and the 2019 results "do not provide a true reflection of the performance of Indiana's schools.
State Superintendent on Cost of ILEARN Exam
During a news conference on the results of the state's first ILEARN exam, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick was asked if the millions of dollars the state has spent to implement ILEARN was worth it. McCormick said that was an important question to ask.
IndyGo COO: Red Line Sees 'Tremendous' Launch
The chief operating officer of IndyGo says the initial turnout for the new Red Line bus rapid transit line over Labor Day weekend was "tremendous." IndyGo and the city of Indianapolis held a public celebration this morning, two days after the launch of the service. Roscoe Brown says they've seen great ridership early in the first full day of service and the organization expects those numbers to continue to rise throughout the month and beyond.
WNBA Commissioner in Town
One month into the job, new WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert says she is ready to stir things up and use her business acumen to shore up the financial outlook for the professional basketball league. Our Mary-Rachel Redman caught up with the former chief executive officer of accounting firm Deloitte this week when she was in Indianapolis for Inspiring Women Night at an Indiana Fever game.
Inside INdiana Sports: AC on Luck's Retirement & Colts Season
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s retirement shook the entire sports world...and state of Indiana...and one of the first tasked to capture and comment on the bombshell news was WISH-TV’s Sports Director Anthony Calhoun. He takes a look both back, and forward, on what occurred and what it portends.
Business of Health: Alzheimer's Leads Study
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter is backing its mission with its largest ever research grant. Dr. Liana Apostolova, a professor at the IU School of Medicine, and Natalie Sutton, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter explain how the money pushes a prestigious IU School of Medicine study to the next level.
I on Education: Snapology
Snapology is a company that combines play with education. Fun programs teach children ages 3-14 a mixture of interactive play-based programs in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics using building toys and technology. We look at the STEAM-based program with Snapology Indy West owner Steve Berg.
Around Indiana: Brickyard 400
The Brickyard 400 is next weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. An event that was once sold out has struggled to attract fans and interest. IMS President Doug Boles details plans to get more fans in the stands for what remains an important event for NASCAR and Indiana.
The Techstars SportsTech Accelerator Powered by Indy has selected 10 startups to take part in its inaugural class. The startups will relocate to Indianapolis for three months for mentorship with experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts. Techstars Managing Director Jordan Fliegel has more on the 2019 Class of startups and what this innovative initiative is all about.
McKinney: USMCA Brings Hoosier Farmers ‘Certainty’
As weather and trade issues make 2019 a difficult year for many Indiana farmers, a U.S. agriculture official with strong ties to the state says the proposed replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement would bring something the farm economy desperately needs: stability.
New WNBA Commish Leads League Transformation
A month on the job, new WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert is ready to stir things up at the league office and use her business acumen to shore up the financial outlook for the professional basketball league. The former chief executive officer of accounting firm Deloitte was in Indianapolis for Inspiring Women Night at an Indiana Fever game this week.
Around INdiana: BeeFree Gluten-Free Bakery
BeeFree Gluten-Free Bakery has seen tremendous growth in less than a decade! From humble beginnings at farmers markets to the shelves of thousands of food store chains nationwide. BeeFree Creator Jennifer Wiese shares what’s fueling success, including a major deal with Wal-Mart.
German Consul General Pitches Apprenticeship Program
Germany and Indiana have built a strong working relationship over the years, with Germany serving as the state’s second largest foreign direct investor with 120 businesses across Indiana. The German Consul General for the Midwest was here this week to talk about ways to continue building Germany’s relationship with Indiana and he sat down with our Mary-Rachel Redman.
Inside INdiana Sports: U.S. Nationals Drag Racing Championships
The 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the World’s Biggest Drag Race, is just around the corner. This iconic event at Lucas Oil Raceway will feature intense side-by-side racing at more than 320 mph as drivers in Top Fuel and Funny Car battle for glory.
Business Spotlight: Reverse Trade Show
It can be a challenge to get minority, women, veteran and disabled business owners if front of prospective buyers for projects. Leadership from the Office of Minority Women and Business Development explains how its Reverse Trade Show helps foster growth for local minority-owned businesses.
Business of Health: Life Extend App
An Indiana tech company and a research powerhouse are combining forces to put health at Hoosiers’ fingertips with a new free app. Becoming a healthier state means more Hoosiers need to get involved, so the Life Extend app is designed just for Indiana residents aims to make daily health habits a little more fun and interactive by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and Indianapolis-based tech startup LifeOmic.