| Amanda Mills, Metro Indy Executive Director, American Heart Association
During the COVID-19 pandemic, animal adoptions skyrocketed as employees working from home sought out new (and furry) office mates. But with some companies transitioning back to office life, workers are wondering how their pets will cope without them.
One of the key components of the supply chain challenge the country is currently seeing is a shortage of truck drivers. And while some companies say things are improving, our partners at WPTA-TV report a program at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus is seeing demand from companies to fill those gaps.
Arkansas-based ABF Freight System cut the ribbon on its new, $4.8 million facility in Fort Wayne on Wednesday. The city says the company’s previous location will be torn down to make way for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream’s previously-announced $145 million expansion.
The University of Evansville has officially opened the doors to its New Residence Hall, which will house 300 first and second-year students. The university says the living spaces in the new building stemmed from a survey of students and was designed to exceed their expectations.
Indiana State University has hired Joyce Thompson-Mills as executive director of legal services, effective in October. She is currently director of the Infractions Appeals Committees and Hearing Operations for the NCAA.
Carmel-based developer Lauth Group Inc. said Wednesday it has acquired the former Ford Visteon campus on the east side of Indianapolis and is moving ahead with plans for a $175 million, multi-tenant industrial park on the site.
Purdue University Professor of agricultural and biological engineering Keith Cherkauer has been appointed director for the Indiana Water Resource Research Center. Purdue says Linda Prokopy, department head of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, will step down after serving in the role for six years.
Purdue University has named Keith Cherkauer director of the Indiana Water Resource Research Center on the Purdue campus, effective in September. He is a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University.
The city of Charlestown on Tuesday announced plans for a luxury apartment development at the site of a former train depot. Forest Edge, which is being developed by Jeffersonville-based Denton Floyd Real Estate Group, will include more than 200 apartments.
IndyGo is receiving a $33 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration that will support the construction of a new garage at its East Campus headquarters in Indianapolis. IndyGo says the funding will allow additional vehicles to be housed as its fleet continues to expand its service.
Indianapolis-based Landmark Recovery has opened its Medicaid treatment facility, Praxis of South Bend by Landmark Recovery. Landmark says the 160-bed treatment facility in Mishawaka is the largest single addiction treatment center accepting Medicaid in the state.
The National FFA Organization says membership reached a record high as interest in its programs and agricultural education continues to grow. The organization, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, says this year’s student membership totaled more than 850,000, an increase of 15% from last year.
Indiana Sen. Mike Braun said increasing government spending on agriculture research should be a top priority for the federal government as lawmakers in Congress craft their ongoing response to food security issues.