INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Donnelly says skills gap requires 'laser focus'

2014-02-19T15:16:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Donnelly says skills gap requires 'laser focus'Gerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
February 19, 2014 3:16 pm  • 

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly says Indiana businesses must continue to "step up" and help make sure the work force is properly trained in order to bridge the skills gap. He cites Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana Inc. in Princeton starting its own training school and Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange partnering with Vincennes University as examples of how companies can take the lead. Donnelly has met with groups throughout the state in an effort to tackle the issue. 

Bankruptcy Hits Indiana Limestone Co.

An iconic Indiana business has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Indiana Limestone Co. in Oolitic has been cleared by a bankruptcy court judge to continue to pay nearly 140 workers in Lawrence County. Court documents show Indiana Commercial Finance LLC is lining up to acquire the bankrupt company.

State Selects Team For I-69 Section

The Indiana Finance Authority Board has chosen a team led by an international company to design and build the $325 million fifth section of the I-69 expansion. The work on the 21-mile stretch from Bloomington to Martinsville will be done by Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V. and contractors from Anderson, Columbus and Indianapolis. 

IU Kelley Develops Immigration Program

Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has launched a program designed to help U.S. employers hire its international graduates. The school is partnering with a law firm to help companies navigate the immigration process.

Indianapolis International Earns 'Best Airport' Honor

Airports Council International has named Indianapolis International Airport the best in North America. It is the third time the facility has earned the honor. The annual rankings are based on passenger satisfaction surveys.

USA Football Releases Safety Study Results

Indianapolis-based USA Football has released findings from a two-year safety study examining youth tackle football. The report focuses on safety levels based on factors including age and size. The organization says the research suggests coach education could enhance player safety.

Partnership Announces Charging Station Program

A partnership in northwest Indiana has announced the second phase of an electric vehicle incentive program. South Shore Clean Cities and Merrillville-based NIPSCO are launching a public charging station initiative. Both say the aim is to make the process to install the stations more affordable and less complicated.

Notre Dame Announces Tuition Hike

The University of Notre Dame says it will increase undergraduate tuition 3.8 percent in the next academic year. It's the same increase as the previous three years. The university says average student charges, including room and board, will be slightly less than $60,000.

Lilly Reports Strong Results For Potential Cancer Drug

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. says an experimental cancer drug has posted positive results in late-stage clinical trials. The company says the potential treatment, when combined with chemotherapy, showed "significant improvement" in the survival rate of patients with a form of non-small cell lung cancer. 

IU Projects Receive Mellon Foundation Grants

Fifteen Indiana University graduate students and faculty members have landed Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration grants. The program is funded through a $750,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Purdue to Host Cybersecurity Event

A Purdue University graduate will highlight a cybersecurity symposium next month in West Lafayette. FBI Executive Assistant Director of Science and Technology Amy Hess will deliver a keynote address at the event. 

WorkOne Launches Customized Training Program

WorkOne Northeast has launched a training program to help workers earn certifications for in-demand jobs. The Skill-Link initiative allows employers to help customize training classes to meet their specific needs. 

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