IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Gary mayor says program part of 'improving' job picture

2013-04-27T14:15:00Z IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Gary mayor says program part of 'improving' job pictureGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
April 27, 2013 2:15 pm  • 

Gary Mayor: Program Part of 'Improving' Job Picture

The mayor of Gary says building partnerships and raising awareness of job openings are key to putting more people to work. Karen Freeman-Wilson announced a series of job fairs this morning to fill more than 150 full and part-time positions at a TravelCenters of America location set to open in May. She tells Inside INdiana Business the program creates a model for bringing in future businesses that could employ Gary residents. Freeman-Wilson says the city is working to ensure residents have the necessary skills to fill potential employers' needs.


Indiana High Schools Among 'Most Challenging'

Several Hoosier high schools have been included on a national publication's list of America's Most Challenging High Schools. The Washington Post ranks the schools based on a formula including Advanced Placement test participation. The Signature School in Evansville placed 8th overall and best in Indiana. International School of Indiana in Indianapolis ranked 65th and Burris Laboratory in Muncie was 398th, while Zionsville High School placed 510th and Yorktown came in 594th.


Hoosier High Schools Rate High

A national publication's annual high school rankings list includes several from Indiana. U.S. News and World Report names Signature School in Evansville, West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School and Burris Laboratory School in Muncie among the top 500 overall. The research took into account state and national testing as well as socioeconomic and graduation factors.


Indiana Landmarks Reveals Annual 'Most Endangered' List

Sites in Anderson, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis are among those included on this year's 10 Most Endangered list from Indiana Landmarks. President Marsh Davis says it is a list of the ten important places with the greatest danger of being lost. The organization says the status of seven places on last year's list has improved to where the critical label has been removed.


More Schools Joining Incentive Program

A statewide college and career readiness program is set to announce the addition of 11 schools today. The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana, which is administered by the University of Notre Dame, offers incentives for teachers and students based on improved Advanced Placement test scores. The new schools will more than double the size of the initiative. Program Director Karen Morris says she hopes to find the funding for further expansion.


Market Square Project Draws Interest

The city of Indianapolis says six proposals have been submitted to redevelop part of the former Market Square Arena site. Mayoral spokesman Marc Lotter says the concepts are all mixed-use and range from eight to 52 stories. He says the final selection will contribute to the architectural significance of the city, while adding new businesses, jobs and residences.


Soccer Team Reveals Identity

A pro soccer team in Indianapolis is hoping to build on momentum now that it has selected a name. Indy Eleven Team President Peter Wilt says the name refers to Indiana's 11th Regiment in the Civil War as well as the 11 players on the field for a soccer team. He says choosing a locally-connected name was important.


Former Major Leaguer Boosts IU Effort

A seven-time Major League Baseball All-Star has made a donation to Indiana University's new baseball stadium. Scott Rolen, a Jasper native and Bloomington resident, will be honored for his contribution Friday at the dedication ceremony for Bart Kaufman Field. Rolen's gift to the $19.8 million project was made in honor of his parents.


Indiana Companies Make Diversity List

Multiple Indiana companies are featured on DiversityInc's 2013 "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" list. The rankings are based on factors including management commitment, human capital and supplier diversity. The Indiana companies on the list include Indianapolis-based WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP), Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY).


Big Day For Big Red

Indiana University has dedicated a supercomputer capable of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second. Big Red II is 25 times faster than IU's original Big Red, which was acquired in 2006. The university's vice president of information technology, Brad Wheeler, says users of that supercomputer are linked to more than more than $200 million in federal contracts and grants and businesses around the state are hoping to utilize the power of Big Red II. He will discuss the potential of the more powerful supercomputer this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television.


Alumni Group Connects Purdue to Silicon Valley

A group of Silicon Valley-based Purdue University alumni is looking to boost entrepreneurship at the school. The Silicon Valley Boiler Innovation Group is designed to connect venture capitalists, investors and mentors with Purdue students, faculty and graduates looking to launch startups. Co-chairman Tom Schroeder says the nonprofit is currently focusing on life sciences and information technology companies. He says Indiana's startup culture is "just emerging."


Aurora Casket Debuts Pet-Centered Line

Dearborn County-based Aurora Casket Co. has launched a line of pet memorial products. The collection includes urns, memory chests and pendants. A spokesman for the company tells Inside INdiana Business the new products will only be available for purchase from Aurora-affiliated funeral homes


Auto Group to Open New Dealership

A car dealer with lots in northern and central Indiana is opening a new $3 million location Wednesday. Gates Automotive Group plans to eventually staff the Granger dealership with more than 30 employees. The group also owns Gates GM of Martinsville, Gates Chevy World in Mishawaka, as well as Gates Toyota, Scion and Downtown Pre-Owned & Service in South Bend.

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