IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Trade show growing with Indy return

2013-11-02T14:07:00Z IIB WEEK IN REVIEW: Trade show growing with Indy returnGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
November 02, 2013 2:07 pm  • 

The return of a major motorsports trade show to Indianapolis in December will feature an increase in exhibitors. Organizers of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show say it has grown by more than 200 participating companies for its 2013 event.

Daniels Discusses Proposed Same-Sex Amendment

Purdue University's president is expanding on why he is not convinced the school should get involved in the debate over a proposed constitutional amendment on same-sex rights. In an interview with our partners at WBAA in West Lafayette, Mitch Daniels says he's not sure if an amendment would change anything, since the state has a law prohibiting same-sex marriage. He also says the university has an "outspokenly inclusive" attitude, making it "perfectly obvious" that Purdue is a "very tolerant place to work."

Sides Line up For Same-Sex Marriage Fight

The head of the Indy Chamber believes more Hoosier companies will side with the organization's opposition to a proposed same-sex marriage amendment to the Constitution. President Michael Huber believes the debate would not be a good use of resources when the state should be focusing on education, infrastructure and other quality of life issues. The chamber's position has been opposed by some, including the American Family Association of Indiana, which says the issue should be decided by voters not in the chamber's boardroom. Huber detailed the chamber's stance during an interview last weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television. Indiana University has also weighed in on the debate, joining other groups including the Indy Chamber in opposition to a potential amendment.

State Auctions 20 Alcohol Permits

The Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission says it brought in more than $71,000 at Friday's alcohol-beverage permit auction. Twenty permits were auctioned off at the annual event, with the highest bid coming in at $25,000.

Frozen Yogurt Company Has Big Indiana Plans

A frozen yogurt chain is detailing Indiana expansion plans. Oklahoma City-based Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt plans to add six locations in the state this year and another 10 in 2014. Territory Developer Mark Baugh says the self-serve concept highlighted by the company is reinvigorating the industry. He also says the company's low fees are helping attract franchisees. Baugh highlights the company's growth in the Hoosier state during an interview to air this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television.

FFA Visitors 'Pony up' in Southern Indiana

The executive director of the Clark and Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau says the Indiana side of the Ohio River could get a nearly 20 percent "piece of the pie" from the National FFA Convention taking place this week in Louisville. Jim Epperson says the event is expected to have a $40 million impact on the metro area, which includes parts of southeast Indiana. He says visitors are staying in hotels as far out as Seymour and French Lick. He tells Inside INdiana Business one of the biggest challenges is preparing hotels, retailers and restaurants for the influx of FFA supporters. The event will return to Indianapolis in 2016.

Bassett Announces Retirement

The Chairman of Chase in Indiana says he will retire at the end of the year. Dennis Bassett will step down as the firm's top executive in the state after 10 years in the position.

Bird Bullish on Fan Support

The Indiana Pacers opened their season Tuesday and President Larry Bird says fans will get the feeling "that they want to be here." Bird believes consecutive years of winning in the playoffs can help boost attendance. The Pacers drew around 625,000 fans last season, which was among the lowest in the National Basketball Association. During a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Bird says he has a different perspective on how to run the organization after stepping away last season.

Indiana Schools on Top 'Social Media' List

Four universities in the state have been dubbed a top "Social Media School" by a national website. StudentAdvisor.com says 100 institutions were selected for giving students "insight into culture, personality and DNA" through social media. The 2013 list includes Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame, Butler University and Purdue University.

Board Members Respond to Ritz Lawsuit

Several members of the Indiana State Board of Education are calling on the superintendent of public instruction to drop her lawsuit against the 10-person group. In an open letter to Glenda Ritz, four board members deny Ritz's claim that a meeting concerning the state's A-F grading system took place without her. Ritz has also been asked by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to withdraw her lawsuit.

Hoosier Sites Among Finalists For Championships

Several Indiana communities remain in the hunt to host NCAA championships over the next four years. More than 80 finalist cities and towns have been announced for events including Division II and III women's basketball, swimming and diving, fencing and volleyball. Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville, Hammond, Fort Wayne and Fishers are among the finalist communities.

New Rural Chief Focusing on Quality of Life

The new director of Indiana's Office of Community and Rural Affairs says quality of life continues to be a key issue in trying to attract new business. Bill Davis says as Indiana continues to diversify from its manufacturing roots, the qualities young professionals look for in a place to live are changing. He says he will work to partner with local leadership, universities and community foundations to improve quality of life amenities in communities throughout the state. Davis says he will also focus on keeping the state's rural areas competitive.

Hillenbrand Wants Global Leadership

The new chief executive officer of Batesville-based Hillenbrand Inc. says the company wants to become the "worldwide leader" in industrial products. Joe Raver became CEO last month upon Ken Camp's retirement. Hillenbrand went public in 2008 and has diversified beyond its roots in funeral services to include four subsidiaries and $1.6 billion in revenue. During an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Raver discusses his vision for the company and its focus on attracting the best global talent to Indiana.

Bloomington Site Dubbed Shovel Ready

A nearly 30-acre property in Bloomington has earned Shovel Ready Silver designation from the state. The city's economic development corporation says it is the fourth such site in Monroe County.

BSU Moving Forward on President Search

Ball State University Board of Trustees President Hollis Hughes says he will be able to talk "more definitively" about the search for a new university president in December after the next board meeting. Current president Jo Ann Gora plans to retire in June, and the board hopes to have a successor in place by July. Hughes says Gora's successor must be able to build on the school's momentum.

Budd Leaving Energize-ECI

The chief executive officer of Muncie-based Energize-ECI Inc. plans to leave the regional development organization early next year. E. Roy Budd helped found the partnership in 2005 and plans to stay on until March to groom his successor. He is married to Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora.

Group Details IU Med School Proposal

Another site has emerged as a potential location for an Indiana University Medical School in southwest Indiana. The Martin Group believes undeveloped property on the eastside of Evansville would be ideal. The proposal calls for the school to be part of a planned community called The Promenade. Indiana University is expected to issue a request for proposals in the next few weeks.

Project Lead The Way Announces Major Partnership

Indianapolis-based Project Lead The Way has announced a three-year, $6 million partnership with Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX). The organization says the deal will make its STEM education programs available to thousands of additional students throughout the United States.

Coalition Calls For 'Critical' Upgrades

Three northeast Indiana organizations are banding together to examine the potential impact of improvements to U.S. 30. OrthoWorx, the Corporate Partnership for Economic Growth and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership say creating "interstate-like access" on the Fort Wayne-to-Valparaiso corridor would enhance quality of life and provide a boost to industries clustered along the road. OrthoWorx Executive Director Brad Bishop tells Inside INdiana Business ongoing improvements to U.S. 31 can serve as an example of how communities can benefit from such an effort.

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