INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Coalition calls for 'critical' U.S. 30 upgrades

2013-10-30T12:26:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Coalition calls for 'critical' U.S. 30 upgradesGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
October 30, 2013 12:26 pm  • 

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.

New President Named at St. Mary's

Evansville-based St. Mary's Health has named Keith Jewell president. He currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Franciscan St. Francis Health. The St. Mary's system employs 750 physicians and 4,000 associates.

Manufacturer Plans Expansion in Bluffton

Arizona-based Inventure Foods Inc. is planning to upgrade a northeast Indiana facility. The $3 million investment will help expand a product line and maintain 120 jobs.

Hispanic Engineering Conference Set For Indy

Organizers expect 5,000 students and professionals to attend a career expo Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis. The event, part of this weekend's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers national conference, will feature more than 200 employers, including Google Inc., General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Exxon Mobil Corp.

WIBC Reaches Major Milestone

One of the most well-known radio stations in Indiana is celebrating an anniversary. WIBC in Indianapolis took to the airwaves 75 years ago today and was originally owned by the Indiana Broadcasting Co. Today, the station is part of Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smulyan describes why he decided to acquire the station in 1994.

Ellspermann Names Small Business Ombudsman

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann has appointed Erik Scheub public relations director and ombudsman for the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He previously served in a similar role with the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Morgan County EDC Announces Executive Director

The Morgan County Economic Development Corp. has named Chelsey Manns executive director. She most recently worked for Plainfield-based Banning Engineering PC.

Foundation Leaders to Retire

Three executives with Rising Sun Regional Foundation Inc. have announced their retirements. President Marianne Wiggers, Executive Director Ed Sullivan and Associate Director Jascia Redwine say they will retire from the Ohio County organization at the end of this year.

Rose-Hulman Details Startup Conference

An event focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation is coming to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology next week. The Rose Startup conference will feature sessions including protecting ideas, investment sources and pitching.

University to Hold Neuroscience Conference

Marian University will host a conference this weekend focusing on how educators can boost student learning through neuroscience principles. The school says the "Engage Your Brain" event will feature presentations on how biological processes affect education.

Band Competition Marching Into Indy

Nearly 40 high school marching bands from six states are set to take part in a competition next week in Indianapolis. Organizers expect more than 20,000 attendees for the Music for All Bands of America Super Regional Championship.

Environmental Council to 'Green The Statehouse'

The Hoosier Environmental Council will host what organizers call Indiana's largest gathering of environmental advocates. Next month's Greening the Statehouse event in Indianapolis will feature sessions on topics including public policy, clean energy and mass transit.

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