Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co. (NASDAQ: ALGT) says plans for a $40 million, two-aircraft base at Indianapolis International Airport could bring more opportunities for new nonstop routes. The low-cost carrier says the facility could involve nearly 70 jobs and be operational in February. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the new positions are expected to pay 85 percent higher than the state's average wage. Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez tells Inside INdiana Business the move will have an impact on more than the local economy. 

State Fair food theme to 'Prop it up a Notch': The executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission says the 161st edition of the fair, which is now open, will showcase the food and agriculture sector and "prop it up a notch." This year's theme is "a Wonderful World of Food" and Cindy Hoye says each day will focus on a different Hoosier farming-focused theme including mint, tomatoes, cheese and eggs. She says the theme reflects the important role Indiana ag producers play in feeding the world. New for this year is a Global Kitchen exhibit in the Harvest Pavilion and an attraction Hoye calls "a gamechanger," which is the Skyride. The ski lift-like ride gives passengers a bird's eye view of the fairgrounds and runs above Main Street.

Indiana health commissioner confirmed as surgeon general: The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nomination of Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams for U.S. Surgeon General. On Twitter Thursday, Adams called the confirmation "truly an indescribable honor."

Radius touts tourism strength: Radius Indiana says its eight-county region is outpacing others in the tourism industry. The organization's first Radius Tourism Index gives southwest central Indiana a score of 61.3, compared to a statewide score of 38.1. Radius says the index is based on indicators including tourism jobs, wages and spending.

AM General details Mishawaka layoffs: South Bend-based AM General LLC is detailing plans to lay off more than 430 employees at its commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka, which is in the process of being acquired by California-based SF Motors Inc. However, the company says the affected employees are expected to return to the facility once SF Motors begins production.

Ripley County company to lay off 250: Sunman-based Deufol North America Inc. has announced plans to lay off nearly 250 employees in the Ripley County town. The company did not give a reason for the cuts in a notice to the state, but says layoffs will begin September 30.

Shipments up at ports of Indiana: Nearly 5.7 million tons of cargo were shipped at the Ports of Indiana during the first six months of 2017, up 19 percent over the same period last year. The numbers represent the second-highest volume during the first two quarters of any year in Ports of Indiana history.

Autism program at Ancilla College launches: Ancilla College officials have unveiled an immersive learning program for students on the autism spectrum. The Autism Program at Ancilla College includes on-campus housing and will provide a pathway for an associate's degree for students with high intellectual abilities who face communication, social interaction and group education challenges.

Arni's inducted into Pizza Hall of Fame: A Lafayette-based pizza restaurant has received a major honor. Arni's, which was founded in 1965 and now has 18 locations throughout Indiana, has been inducted into the Pizza Hall of Fame.

Long rounds out Alcohol Code Revision Commission: The final two appointees to the statewide Alcohol Code Revision Commission have been named. Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-16) has selected Terry Bauer and Keith Byers to the group, which will complete a comprehensive review of Indiana's alcohol laws and submit recommendations to the General Assembly. In mid-July, former State Senator Beverly Gard was named commission chair. 

Survey: RV shipments continue upward trend: A monthly report from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association shows RV shipments continue to outpace last year's numbers. The organization says June marked the fourth straight month shipments exceeded the 40,000-unit mark, adding to a more than 13 percent jump through the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

Schellinger: Progress on international nonstop: Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says stepped-up efforts to land a transatlantic flight at Indianapolis International Airport are paying off and "we'll have something to talk about in a matter of months." In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Schellinger said the $5 million approved by the Indiana General Assembly to help attract the flight is working. In May, the airport announced a $180,000 contract with Develop Indy, the Indy Chamber's business development unit, for air service and land use development activities. Among Develop Indy priorities: locking in corporate support for additional Indy nonstops, including a transatlantic route. Schellinger says he is encouraged by recent discussions with key players.

Collaboration targets 'new And important' economic strategy: The chief executive officer of Elevate Ventures says a new partnership in southwest Indiana will help bolster a section of the regional economy that has high potential, "but not a lot of critical mass to it today." Chris LaMothe is referring to entrepreneurship and a $2.5 million collaboration with the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. The three-year partnership brings together the venture capital and entrepreneurial development organization, the EDC and a host of players from the private sector including Vectren Corp., Old National Bank, German American Bank and Koch Industries. LaMothe says efforts to bring employers to the state are important, but supporting homegrown business is key for the long-term.

Demand in China, India drives Cummins profit: Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is reporting second quarter net income of $424 million, compared to $406 million during the same quarter last year. Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger says all four operating segments "delivered strong revenue growth" and the company has raised its full-year outlook for 2017.

Komets announce NHL affiliation: The Fort Wayne Komets have announced a one-year affiliation with the NHL's Arizona Coyotes. The ECHL team spent the 2016-2017 without an NHL partner. Fort Wayne was last paired with the Colorado Avalanche, an agreement that was called prior to last season over disagreements on roster philosophies.

New president at Holy Cross: Holy Cross College in Notre Dame has appointed David Tyson president for a five-year term. The former University of Portland president has served as interim president at Holy Cross since April. Prior to taking the helm at Holy Cross, Tyson was director of nonprofit professional development at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.

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