The mayor of Bedford says the city's ability to "re-invent" itself helped lead to its selection as 2013 Indiana Chamber of Commerce Community of the Year. Shawna Girgis says big investments by General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and the success of the East Gate Business and Technology Center, once home to a Visteon operation, have improved Bedford's economic profile. The chamber also praises the Lawrence County city's downtown revitalization, advanced manufacturing and education initiatives. Girgis tells Inside INdiana Business she believes the award boosts potential investors' confidence in the city.
Indy Lands Direct Flight to San Francisco
United Airlines has confirmed it will begin nonstop service from Indianapolis International Airport to San Francisco International Airport in January. Governor Mike Pence says the new route should help the state maximize opportunities for economic development and benefit companies throughout Indiana. The Indianapolis business community, especially the technology sector, has spent years trying to secure a direct flight to San Francisco.
Zotec Partners Closes Big Deal
Indianapolis-based Zotec Partners LLC has completed its acquisition of Medical Management Professionals Inc. As part of the $200 million agreement, the combined company will be headquartered in Indianapolis.
Hotel Project Gains Key Approval
The West Lafayette City Council has approved a rezoning request for a $12 million hotel project. The development is planned for one of the city's main gateways and is expected to have more than 100 rooms.
Ivy Tech Anderson Plan Clears Hurdle
Ivy Tech Community College has received approval from the Anderson Redevelopment Commission for tax breaks on a proposed new campus. Plans call for the school to be located near I-69, despite some recent city efforts to have it built downtown.
Philanthropy School Announces Medal Winners
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has named this year's three recipients of the Rosso Medal. It is considered the school's highest honor and is a lifetime achievement award for ethical fundraising.
Auto Services Company to Add Jobs
A managed services provider for the auto industry is expanding in Indianapolis. Express Motor Vehicle Administration Corp. says it plans to add up to 20 jobs by 2015. The anticipated $700,000 project will help the company expand title, registration and renewal processing.
Reading Exam Results Tick Up
The Indiana Department of Education says the percentage of Indiana third graders reading at grade level has risen slightly, compared to last year. The department says 91.1 percent of students passed this year's IREAD-3 exam.
Purdue College Marks Milestone
Purdue University's College of Technology is planning celebrations throughout the year to mark its 50th anniversary. The events include a presentation next week from Starbucks Corp. Vice President Steve Lovejoy, who graduated from the school in 1988.
Plaza Set to Open Near Indy Airport
The Indianapolis Airport Authority says a new service plaza, with a gas station and convenience store, should open this month. Construction is in the final stages and the authority has announced the brand names that will be located in the development near the state's largest airport.
Chamber Event to Tackle Economic Growth
The Indy Chamber's annual HobNob Economic Growth Summit is set for tomorrow at the Indiana Historical Society. The event will feature a presentation by the organization's recently-appointed Chief Executive Officer Michael Huber.
Renewable Energy Forum Set For Purdue
Purdue University will host a forum next week focusing on renewable energy. Speakers scheduled for the event include C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb and former United Parcel Service Inc. Chief Executive Officer Michael Eskew.Fo
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