INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Colts focus on fans

2013-09-06T11:37:00Z 2013-09-06T17:43:05Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Colts focus on fansGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
September 06, 2013 11:37 am  • 

As the Indianapolis Colts begin their 30th season in the city, Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward says the team's focus includes improving the fan experience at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ward, who has been with the Colts since the move from Baltimore, says the team has added a feature to its smartphone app allowing fans in attendance to watch replays from six angles. During an interview to air this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television, Ward previews the upcoming season and gives a peek into a rarely-seen team museum.

 

Holiday World Announces New Ride

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari is planning $8 million in improvements for next year. That includes a new ride called the Mayflower, which takes people 54 feet over a pool of water. The tourist attraction in Santa Claus is also planning a new restaurant and parking lot improvements for 2014.

 

Report Finds School Grade Revisions 'Plausible'

A bipartisan report recommends the state should make revisions to the school performance grading system. It also says there should be a moratorium on school interventions by the state until changes are in place. Consultants John Grew and Bill Sheldrake found that revisions to one school's grade "were plausible."

 

Brain Tumor Center Honors Hoosier Technology

Indianapolis-based NICO Corp. has been honored for its technology to remove brain tumors and cysts. It is the recipient of the 2013 John Karry Award, which is the highest honor from the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center.

 

Endocyte Strikes Japanese License Agreement

West Lafayette-based Endocyte Inc. has announced a deal to develop and commercialize an imaging agent in Japan. The company says the license agreement with Nihon Medi-Physics involves a diagnostic that is used with a cancer treatment.

 

Navistar Announces Cummins Engine Deal

Illinois-based Navistar International Corp. is adding Cummins Inc.-built engines to some of its medium-duty trucks and school buses. The technology from the Columbus-based manufacturer is designed to reduce vehicle emissions.

 

Ball State to Hold Congressional Leadership Academy

Ball State University has announced a leadership program designed for high school juniors in Indiana's sixth Congressional district. The Congressional Leadership Academy is set for April on the Muncie campus. The initiative is a partnership with Congressman Luke Messer (R-6).

 

IMS to Host STEM Event

Around 12,000 people are expected at this weekend's American Chemical Society gathering in Indianapolis. In conjunction with that event, Celebrate Science Indiana will host a daylong STEM education event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Purdue Offering New Paths For Engineering Masters

The Engineering Management program at Purdue University includes two new ways to earn a Master of Science in Engineering degree. The program, a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Krannert School of Management, is offering an accelerated track and an additional two-year option.

 

Fort Wayne Arts Group Seeking New Leader

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne has launched a nationwide search for a new president. The cultural organization is looking to replace Jim Sparrow, who is leaving for a similar post in North Carolina.

 

Freedom Academy Inks Deal With Angola

The city of Angola has reached an agreement with a nonprofit training agency. The deal allows the Freedom Academy to use a city-owned building for manufacturing certification classes and workshops.

 

County Receives Rural Business Boost

Montgomery County has received a $99,000 grant through the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. The initiative is designed to aid small and emerging businesses in rural areas.

 

Whitley County Expanding Entrepreneurship Efforts

The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. has announced a new initiative designed to boost local entrepreneurship development. The eight-week Ice House Entrepreneurship Program begins next week and includes online and in-person sessions.

 

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