INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Gary airport to host executives at investment meeting

2013-08-08T12:11:00Z 2013-08-08T18:18:28Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Gary airport to host executives at investment meetingGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
August 08, 2013 12:11 pm  • 

Two dozen business leaders are expected to attend a meeting with the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority’s Public-Private Partnership Committee on Friday. The event will provide further information on the airport's Request for Proposals for potential investment.

 

Meijer hiring hundreds in Indiana

Meijer Stores LP is looking to hire 1,800 workers in Indiana. The Michigan-based retailer says it needs 600 new employees each in the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and South Bend districts. Frank Guglielmi, director of public relations, said increased sales and anticipated holiday traffic have led to the need for more staff. He says Indiana has been a good market for Meijer, noting three of the company's nine anticipated store openings next year are in the state. Guglielmi says the retailer is in a "quick growth pattern."

 

Plant site uses sought

The group overseeing redevelopment of former General Motors facilities throughout the country is seeking proposals for the future of the old stamping plant in Indianapolis. The RACER Trust and the city hope to have a deal in place by the end of the year. The trust announced plans earlier this year to demolish the structures on the more than 100-acre site.

 

Tourism council launched

A southern Indiana regional partnership has launched a Tourism Development Advisory Council. The Radius Indiana collaboration will focus on drawing more attention to existing attractions, vetting new tourism proposals and growing opportunities along the I-69 expansion.

 

Shirt printer preliminary abatement

A California printing company has received preliminary tax abatement approval from the Metropolitan Development Commission in Marion County. Little Raymond's Print Shop Inc. plans to invest more than $1 million to launch a printing operation in Lawrence that could create 100 jobs.

 

Car collection featured

A national television show is slated to feature a massive southern Indiana antique car collection before it goes up for auction. NBC Sports Network's "Epic Collections" will showcase Jasper-native Ed Ewing's cars Saturday night and several other times prior to the annual Auctions America Labor Day event in Auburn.

 

IEDC Issues Mid-Year Report

The state is touting mid-year economic development numbers. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says it has worked with nearly 150 companies so far this year that have decided to expand or establish new business operations.

 

INDOT Awards U.S. 31 Contract

Two Hoosier companies will share a $141 million Indiana Department of Transportation contract. The project includes U.S. 31 interchange upgrades and four roundabouts in Hamilton County. Construction is expected to be complete in 2015.

 

AT&T Touts Indiana Investments

AT&T Inc. is highlighting more than $325 million it has pumped into network upgrades throughout the state during the first half of the year. The improvements include new cell sites, broadband enhancements and fiber-optic connections for businesses.

 

Tutu to Speak at Butler

An internationally-renowned peace advocate is coming to Butler University next month. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu's lecture at Clowes Memorial Hall will be free and open to the public.

 

State Wants Feedback on Possible Utility Rate Hikes

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public input on proposed rate increases for Anderson Municipal Light & Power customers. The utility is looking to raise more than $720,000 in additional annual revenue.

 

Historic Hotel Celebrating Milestone

The Omni Severin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis is planning an event this month to mark its 100th year in business. Officials say the property, originally named the Hotel Severin, has hosted more than one million guests.

 

BioCrossroads Launches Educational Website

Indiana's life sciences initiative has unveiled an online information hub. BioCrossroads says BioIntellex.com features resources including third-party research, annual reports and information from industry conferences.

 

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