INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Fort Wayne Economic Group Names CEO

2013-07-19T12:52:00Z 2013-07-19T18:42:14Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Fort Wayne Economic Group Names CEOGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
July 19, 2013 12:52 pm  • 

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has named the deputy mayor of the Allen County city its first chief executive officer. Mark Becker was selected after a national search. He has held senior positions at several private and public organizations including Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and the Logansport Economic Development Foundation.

 

IURC Approves Massive Michigan Nuclear Project

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved a more than $1.1 billion improvement project by the Fort Wayne-based operator of a Michigan nuclear power plant. Indiana Michigan Power says the work will allow the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant, which is located near the Indiana-Michigan border, to run for an additional 20 years.

 

Rankings Touts Indiana Schools' 'Million Dollar ROI'

A national college affordability website has included two private Indiana institutions on an annual list ranking their return on investment. AffordableCollegesOnline.org says its 2013 "Million Dollar ROI" rankings highlight the projected 30-year earnings of private school graduates versus non-degree holders.

 

Philanthropist Passes Away

A well-known Fort Wayne attorney and philanthropist has died. Joan McNagny was the first woman to chair the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees and served 36 years on the board of the Ivy Tech Foundation. She was 89.

 

Concert Venue Hits 25-Year Mark

A prominent Indiana entertainment venue is marking a milestone. Klipsch Music Center in Hamilton County is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The facility has undergone several name changes and continues to bring big names to Indiana. Tom Mendenhall from the center's owner Live Nation and the venue's General Manager Andrew Newport discussed the history and plans for the future during a recent appearance on Inside INdiana Business Television.

 

Historical Society to Honor 'Living Legends'

Four prominent Hoosiers will be celebrated this evening as "living legends." The Indiana Historical Society selected this year's class from hundreds of nominations.

 

Hoosier Companies Land Defense Contract

Two southeast Indiana companies are part of a $20 million military contract. The work by New Albany-based HamHed LLC and Budget Services & Supplies LLC in Jeffersonville involves janitorial services.

 

Notre Dame Names NYPD Official New VP

The University of Notre Dame has appointed Paul Browne vice president for public affairs and communications. He currently serves as deputy commissioner of public information for the New York City Police Department and is expected to begin the new role next month.

 

Student Housing Planned Near Columbus Airport

A $5 million project to build a large student housing complex near Columbus Municipal Airport is moving forward. Our partners at The Republic report Iowa-based Bluffstone LLC has been selected to build the development.

 

Aussie Publication Profiles Indianapolis

An online entertainment and travel publication from Australia is featuring Indianapolis in an "overseas travel" piece. Time Out Melbourne profiles activities, restaurants and bars and calls the city a "burgeoning Midwest center."

 

Cancer Treatment Company Secures Grant

Indianapolis-based ApeX Therapeutics has received a National Cancer Institute grant to help develop more effective treatments for leukemia and other cancers in children. The more than $240,000 will support the cancer-focused drug company's efforts to potentially land a pre-investigational new drug meeting with federal regulators.

 

Technical Career Event Set for IMS

EmployIndy and the city of Indianapolis are partnering next week on a jobs event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Career Day @ the Brickyard will focus on job seekers trying to land positions in a technical field. The event will take place during the Super Weekend at the Brickyard 400.

 

Franciscan ACO Touts Savings

An accountable care organization serving Medicare beneficiaries in south-central Indiana says it achieved more than $13 million in cost savings in 2012. Franciscan Alliance ACO officials say the organization will receive more than $6 million to be split among participating hospitals and doctors.

 

Leading Index Inches Higher

The Leading Index for Indiana is up slightly for July. The Indiana Business Research Center says job creation plans for small businesses have increased, but expectations for improved business conditions are still negative.

 

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