INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Hicks says some businesses face 'reality gap'

2013-04-11T12:16:00Z 2013-04-11T18:06:23Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Hicks says some businesses face 'reality gap'Gerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
April 11, 2013 12:16 pm  • 

A Ball State University economist says education and training are not the only issues that need to be addressed to bridge the skills gap. Center for Business and Economic Research Director Mike Hicks says quality of life is "critical" for companies to attract skilled talent. Discussing a CBER report on the issue, he also says businesses that are looking for highly-skilled workers but offer low pay are suffering from a "reality gap." Read More Hicks says young people approach the job search differently than past generations.

 

Indy Chamber Leader to Step Aside

The president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce plans to leave at the end of May. Scott Miller says he wants to pursue opportunities in the private sector. During his year and a half in the position, the Indy Chamber announced mergers with several groups.

 

Hoosier Energy Board Approves $27 Million HQ

Hoosier Energy is moving forward with plans for a new $27 million headquarters in Bloomington. The cooperative's board of directors has approved construction, which is set to begin this summer and be complete in late 2014.

 

Praxair Acquires Southern Indiana Operation

Connecticut-based Praxair Inc. is acquiring an Indiana plant. The Tri-State Carbonic LLC carbon dioxide facility is located in Lawrenceburg.

 

Brewery Plan Moves Forward in South Bend

The South Bend Common Council has approved a zoning exemption for a proposed brewery. Crooked Ewe Brewery and Ale House says renovation of a former Veterans of Foreign Wars hall can "begin shortly."

 

Elwood to Develop Economic Plan

The city of Elwood has announced plans to develop a business attraction campaign. Mayor Ron Arnold says city leaders will begin the process by gathering public input. Elwood covers parts of Madison and Tipton counties.

 

Tech Company Moves, Plans to Add Jobs

Fort Wayne-based ENS Group Inc. has relocated its headquarters and is looking to add a handful of workers. The technology consulting firm currently employs nearly 50 in Allen County.

 

Dow AgroSciences Inks Deal With Monsanto

Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC has entered into an agreement with one of the world's largest agribusiness companies. The deal with St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. involves licensing weed and insect control technology.

 

Recycler Completes New Fort Wayne Center

Fort Wayne-based Earth First LLC has wrapped up construction on a building materials recycling center. The facility is part of a more than $2 million investment that could create 15 jobs. Earth First is planning a grand opening ceremony next week.

 

DePauw Hires Development VP

DePauw University has named Melanie Norton vice president for development and alumni engagement. She currently serves as a consultant with Greenwood-based Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates Inc. and will take over the position in June.

 

WGU Announces OrthoIndy Partnership

WGU Indiana is partnering with OrthoIndy. The deal makes employees of the orthopedic care provider eligible for a tuition discount as they pursue degrees at the online state university. OrthoIndy has more than one dozen locations in central Indiana.

 

AT&T Expanding Network in Two Cities

AT&T Inc. has announced plans to expand its 4G LTE network in Fort Wayne and Columbus. The high-speed wireless technology will be available in the areas this summer.

 

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