INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Carmel Looks to Build on Big Year

2013-12-11T12:33:00Z 2013-12-11T14:28:04Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Carmel Looks to Build on Big YearGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
December 11, 2013 12:33 pm  • 

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard says an improving economy and quality of life upgrades have sparked a successful year of job creation for the city. Allegion PLC announced Carmel's latest expansion Wednesday, detailing plans to add 100 jobs. This year's growth also includes corporate headquarters announcements from companies such as Baldwin & Lyons Inc. and NextGear Capital, as well as plans by GEICO to add 1,200 workers by 2016. Brainard says he is "very optimistic" the growth will continue, as the city promotes its amenities and the state's business climate.

More Sign Up on Federal Health Exchange

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports nearly 3,500 Indiana residents have selected a health plan on the federal exchange. That's up from about 700 one month ago. The new report, issued today, also shows nearly 70,000 have applied for coverage, compared to roughly 32,000 last month.

Fort Wayne, Frontier Announce Wi-Fi Partnership

The city of Fort Wayne and Frontier Communications Corp.  are partnering to provide free Wi-Fi downtown. Frontier says several outdoor access points will allow users to seamlessly stay online. Mayor Tom Henry says the technology shows the city's commitment to attracting and retaining jobs and businesses.

City Buys Former Steel Operation Property

The site where a former steel plant once stood is now owned by the city of Kokomo. The Kokomo Tribune reports the city acquired the former Continental Steel property Monday during a special tax sale.

Richmond Toy Store to be in National Spotlight

A family-owned toy shop in downtown Richmond is preparing for national television exposure. Veach's Toy Station says it is the recipient of a store makeover that is part of an NBC Today show project. The segment is set to air in February.

Counties to Receive Timber Sale Money

More than one dozen counties will share a total of more than $300,000 as part of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' annual timber sale revenue distribution. The department says the funding will benefit 110 rural and volunteer fire departments throughout the state.

County, Indy Make Pitch For New Justice Center

A Request for Qualifications will be issued this month for a new Marion County Criminal Justice Complex. Officials have not selected a location for the project, opting to leave that up to market conditions. The new complex will replace outdated facilities that currently house several parts of the Marion County criminal justice system.

Ivy Tech Establishes 'Math Pathways'

Ivy Tech Community College has announced a new approach to math education. Pathways have been introduced for the School of Technology and specific STEM programs. The community college says it is the first school in the country to adopt such an approach for math.

Calumet Acquires New Jersey Manufacturer

Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP has announced the acquisition of a high-performance lubricant company. New Jersey-based Bel-Ray Company Inc. manufactures and distributes products for industries including automotive, military, powersports and steel.

VPO Opening in Birdseye

The U.S. Postal Service is opening a Village Post Office today in the Dubois County town of Birdseye. The operation in the community of 415 becomes the 54th VPO in the postal service's Greater Indiana District.

AT&T Continues Central Indiana Upgrades

AT&T Inc. continues to beef up its 4G LTE coverage in central Indiana. The company says it has upgraded 14 mobile Internet cell sites in Morgan and Johnson counties.

'State of Real Estate' Coming in January

Cassidy Turley will hold its annual State of Real Estate event next month in Indianapolis. Inside INdiana Business Television Host Gerry Dick will emcee the event, which will look back at commercial real estate in 2013 and preview 2014.

For more Inside Indiana Business, visit www.insideindianabusiness.com. 

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