INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: County EDC leader says 2013 'slowest' in memory

2013-11-20T12:25:00Z 2013-11-20T16:51:22Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: County EDC leader says 2013 'slowest' in memoryGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
November 20, 2013 12:25 pm  • 

The president of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County says attraction efforts "remain on life support." Bill Konyha says leads on new businesses during the past year have been "almost non-existent" compared to 2012. He says concerns about the national economy, Affordable Care Act and debt ceiling are having a chilling effect in his area and throughout the state.

AT&T Hiring in Indiana

AT&T Inc. says it is filling dozens of positions in Indiana, including nearly 30 new jobs. The company says continued investment in the state is leading to technician, retail and corporate support openings.

State Will Not Order Insurance Reinstatement

The Indiana Department of Insurance says it will not follow President Obama's suggestion to order insurance companies in the state to reinstate cancelled health care policies. Commissioner Stephen Robertson says the short notice would "seriously destabilize" Indiana's insurance market.

ExactTarget CEO to Address Big Tech Conference

A prominent Indiana technology company is taking center stage today in Silicon Valley. ExactTarget Chief Executive Officer Scott Dorsey will deliver a keynote at Salesforce.com's (NYSE: CRM) Dreamforce event in San Francisco. More than 130,000 are registered to attend the conference.

Social Media Event to Focus on 'Dames'

The inaugural Social Media Dames Unconference will take place tomorrow in Indianapolis. The event will focus on helping women improve digital messaging skills. In a Studio(i) interview, Erin Albert, one of the gathering's organizers, says too few Hoosier women possess a strong social media presence.

Training Center Leader to Retire

A northeast Indiana training center is looking for a new leader. KPC News reports IMPACT Institute Director Tim Holcomb will retire in June. He has led the program since 1997.

Science Engineering Laboratory is Complete

A $25 million research center at IUPUI is now open. The Science Engineering Laboratory Building was designed by Indianapolis-based BSA LifeStructures Inc. and houses classroom space for two academic programs, plus biology and forensics labs.

Rose-Hulman Students Win IBM Watson Competition

A team of students from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has again taken home top honors at a national programming competition. The IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) Great Mind Challenge - Watson Technical Edition features teams creating software that turns complex data into a single answer.

Notre Dame Researcher Lands Big Grant

A psychologist from the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a $3 million grant. The funding supports Kristin Valentino's program designed to improve communication between mothers and mistreated children.

Environmental Council Names Award Winners

The Hoosier Environmental Council has named the recipients of two statewide environmental awards. They are a long-time Indiana journalist and an executive with an organic-made clothing company.

Berry Plastics Names CFO

Evansville-based Berry Plastics Group Inc. (NYSE: BERY) has named Mark Miles chief financial officer. He has been with the company for more than 15 years, most recently as executive vice president.

Training Group Changes Name

The Northeast Indiana Regional Workforce Investment Board has launched a rebranding campaign. The organization says the effort, which includes a name change to Northeast Indiana Works, will better promote its work force development programs.

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