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Gov. Eric Holcomb says his legislative and administrative priorities for 2018 will place an even heavier emphasis on work force. Holcomb's Next Level Agenda includes five "pillars" focusing on jobs, economic growth, the opioid crisis, infrastructure and government service. During an address this morning at the Indiana Statehouse, Holcomb said "we are going to be the ones, I predict -- Hoosiers -- to crack the work force shortage code." Indiana Economic Development Corp. President Elaine Bedel said the agenda matches the goals of the IEDC.

Survey: Hoosiers want cold beer, Sunday sales: A newly-released study shows a majority of Hoosiers support cold beer sales in supermarkets and convenience stores and alcohol sales on Sunday. The results are part of the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2017 Hoosier Survey and come from 600 telephone respondents. Political Science professor and survey analyst Sean Hildebrand says results from the 2014 Hoosier Survey show, while support for both issues has remained about the same, opposition has fallen. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Hildebrand discussed the demographic findings of the study.

Retailers, liquor stores unite on alcohol laws: The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council have come together on a slate of policy agreements they say would strengthen the state's alcohol laws. The organizations say they are supporting legalizing carry-out Sunday alcohol sales, while opposing the expansion of the sale of cold beer.

Boutique hotel planned for downtown Fort Wayne: Officials in Fort Wayne have detailed plans for a new boutique hotel in the city's downtown. The nearly $28 million, five-story hotel will feature 125 rooms, restaurants, ground-level retail spaces and a rooftop entertainment space.

ISU names 12th president: The Indiana State University board of trustees is expected to confirm Deborah Curtis as the school's 12th president. Curtis, currently provost and chief learning officer at the University of Central Missouri, would succeed Dan Bradley, who is stepping down next year after more than nine years in the position. Board President David Campbell will recommend Curtis during a special meeting next week.

Indiana, Ball State launching student pitch competition: Ball State University is partnering with the state on a high school entrepreneurship competition offering a prize package worth more than $100,000. The Innovate WithIN Pitch Competition, set to launch next year, will feature online and regional rounds before a pitch session in Indianapolis in front of a panel of judges.

Industrial park planned for whitestown: Two central Indiana developers are proposing a $113 million industrial park in Whitestown. According to documents filed with the town, the GreenParke development would take eight years to complete and could bring 980 full-time jobs to the area.

Carrier: Demand delays layoffs: Carrier Corp. says a round of layoffs that had been scheduled for Dec. 22 has been pushed to January. The company, citing rising demand and attrition, tells Inside INdiana Business the previously-announced cut of 290 positions has been reduced to 215.

Lilly's workforce reduction plans on track: Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) says approximately 2,300 U.S. employees have taken voluntary early retirement. The buyouts relate to the company's previously-announced global reduction plans, which Lilly says are "on track" to meet its 3,500-position target. Lilly is looking to save some $500 million in 2018 through the streamlining process.

Groundbreaking launches Teachers Village construction: Construction on an Indianapolis housing initiative designed to entice first, second and third-year educators to live where they teach is underway. Plans for Teachers Village on the city's near east side call for 20 new and rehabilitated homes where Indianapolis Public Schools or Mayor Sponsored Charter Schools teachers can receive incentives to move in and live for at least five years.

Angie's List exec to lead Conexus: Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative Conexus Indiana has appointed a new chief executive officer. Mark Howell, former Angie's List chief operating officer, succeeds Steven Dwyer, who is retiring at the end of the year. Howell has been involved with Conexus since 2007, previously serving on the organization's board. He tells Inside INdiana Business he believes Indiana's manufacturing and logistics sectors are "fully equipped" to be at the forefront of emerging technologies including artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Howell calls Conexus an "enviable collaboration" that has Indiana ready to face industry challenges.

Swedish stepping down at Anthem: Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) has confirmed that Chief Executive Officer Joe Swedish is stepping down. Gail Boudreax, former United Healthcare chief executive officer, will succeed Swedish effective Nov. 20. Boudreaux is also a board member for Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH).

Indiana vehicles continue to drive Subaru: Subaru of America Inc. is reporting the best October sales ever for one of its Indiana-made models. The automaker says sales of the Impreza, which is made at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette, increased more than 120 percent last month compared to October 2016.

High-tech manufacturer breaks ground: A Japanese-owned company has marked the start of construction on an $8 million facility in Shelbyville. The 35,000 square-foot Kimura Foundry America Inc. operation will be the parent company's first in the U.S

GM suppliers celebrate expansion: A supplier for General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) has cut the ribbon on its expanded operations in Allen County. Michigan-based Android Industries says, in addition to celebrating the opening of the new space at its Roanoke facility, the company will also accept applications to fill new jobs.

New venture looking to start in Jeffersonville: A Jeffersonville-based manufacturer is proposing to locate its newest venture at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. Cylicron plans to invest $1.5 million to establish qubeworX at the port and add up to 20 jobs by 2021.

Mearns wants Ball State 'more visible and vocal': Ball State University President Geoffrey Mearns says the school's new branding campaign comes at a time that "we've been a little quiet." He says the "We Fly" theme, developed through research and focus group sessions over several months, is targeting prospective and current students, as well as alumni who have only been "modestly" engaged in the past. Mearns took office in May, and says he's been seeing a "sense of passion and pride on campus." During a Studio(i) interview, Mearns said, while he admires humility, "it's not a good marketing strategy when it comes to a university."

Culver details 'huge deal': The town manager of Culver says this week's "Stellarbration" will serve as another opportunity to spotlight Culver's goal of bringing more business, affordable housing and permanent residents to the area best known as a leisure destination. Jonathan Leist says being named a 2017 Stellar Community is a "huge deal" and could help attract millions of dollars in new investment. The town's home prices are very high because of the second and summer home market, creating challenges for some of the area's larger employers. Leist talked to Inside INdiana Business about the projects at the center of Culver's vision.

Plastics company investing in Jennings County: North Vernon-based Decatur Plastics Products Inc. is investing in an expansion and training. The injection-molded components manufacturer says it will pump $3 million into its Jennings County operations and add up to 40 jobs over the next year.

Medical device company growing in Columbia City: A Columbia City-based medical device manufacturer has announced plans to expand operations in Whitley County. Micropulse Inc. will invest $5.5 million to boost its machining and inspection capacity, creating 25 jobs.

New leader for Elkhart Chamber: The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Levon Johnson president and chief executive officer. Johnson, who most recently served as supervisor for corporate and community partnerships with Elkhart Community Schools, succeeds Kyle Hannon, who stepped down earlier this year.

IPFW details branding plans: IPFW Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer is updating the branding strategy for the future Purdue University Fort Wayne. He says the school will use the Purdue colors of black and gold, but maintain a unique identity through marketing and brand positioning statements.

The Golden saying goodbye: A restaurant run by a recent semi-finalist for a regional James Beard Foundation award is closing Sunday. The Golden, which opened a year-and-a-half ago, is located in the high-profile Ash Skyline Plaza in downtown Fort Wayne.

Indy sports strategy still paying dividends: Sports, business and community leaders expect the 2022 College Football Playoff Championship Game to have substantial economic impact on Indianapolis, both on and off the field. Officials expect to credential thousands of media from around the globe who will help shine a spotlight on Indianapolis for the game and four days of festivities, which are expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors to Indy. Indiana Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn says economic impact projections are conservative. "The game itself already has an economic impact of $150 million," said Vaughn. "Five years from now, we expect that to grow substantially." In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Vaughn and Visit Indy Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hoops said the Indianapolis sports strategy, launched some forty years ago, continues to be a winner for Indy.  

Indiana chamber salutes award winners: A record crowd of more than 2,000 was on hand Tuesday to celebrate honorees at the 28th Annual Indiana Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner. Winners include: Lafayette-based Subaru Indiana Automotive Inc. Senior Executive Vice President Tom Easterday, State Representative Ed Soliday (R-4), former Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Executive Officer and current TechPoint board chair Scott McCorkle, and the city of Goshen.

Feasibility study examines potential tolling impact: A feasibility study focusing on the projected impact of opening up major Indiana interstates for tolling has been released by the Indiana Department of Transportation. It addresses potential tolling along I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74 and I-94 and was created as a result of the long-term road funding plan approved earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly.