Business and Congressional leaders in Indiana are focusing on a key aspect of the federal health care employer mandate, now that its implementation has been delayed for one year. Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar says the decision gives Congress a chance to change the law's definition of a full-time employee. Congressman Joe Donnelly is drumming up support for a proposal to define full-time as a worker who puts in 40 hours a week. Our partners at WBAA in West Lafayette report Donnelly discussed the issue this week with Lafayette School Corp. teachers.
St. Francis Announces Extensive Upgrades
Indianapolis-based Franciscan St. Francis Health has announced major renovations to its Women & Children's Services facilities. The $36.5 million facelift to obstetric and pediatric spaces is expected to begin later this month.
Trine Forms Innovation Partnership in Michigan
A Trine University incubator has announced a technology commercialization partnership with two organizations in Sturgis, Michigan. As part of the program, Innovation One will work with the city's improvement association and economic development corporation to support research, analysis and job creation initiatives.
Islamic Food Company Plans Muncie Growth
A Texas-based Islamic food producer is seeking tax abatement from the city of Muncie to continue growing its operations. The Star Press reports Halal Processing Solutions is located at the former Monogram Foods hot dog facility and has already started renovating the interior and equipment.
An Indiana entrepreneur hopes to boost the pet care industry and increase pet owner convenience through an online booking portal. Carmel-based PetBookings.com founder Chris Tilson says the site allows users to book boarding, grooming and training services from a variety of companies online. During an INnovators segment on Inside INdiana Business Television, Tilson says the platform includes 16 U.S. markets, and has passed $1 million in total reservations.
Government Services Company Plots Edinburgh Layoffs
A Nevada-based company says it is planning to end some operations in Edinburgh. In a notice to the state, TsiCorp, a maintenance and logistics service provider that works with Camp Atterbury, says the move will result in 50 layoffs.
City Approves Cummins Abatement
The Columbus City Council has approved tax abatement for a Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) expansion project. The engine manufacturer plans to build a $15 million facility, upgrade a building, create 25 jobs and retain hundreds of other positions.
Thousands of Fans Set For Madison Regatta
Around 50,000 visitors are expected to attend this weekend's Madison Regatta on the Ohio River. In addition to the boat race, the event includes concerts, a fireworks show and a parade with former Cincinnati Bengals running back Elbert "Ickey" Woods serving as grand marshal.
Purdue, Green BEAN Partner on Research
Indianapolis-based Green BEAN delivery has entered into a research partnership with Purdue University. They will study soil health and growing disease-resistant plants.
Post Office Opens More VPOs
The United States Postal Service has added two more Village Post Office locations in the state. A VPO opened today in a small Kosciusko County town and another started serving customers earlier this week in a Noble County community.
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