INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Hoosier business eyeing Google Glass market

2013-12-17T12:22:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Hoosier business eyeing Google Glass marketGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business
December 17, 2013 12:22 pm  • 

A Fort Wayne optical company believes it has developed the world's first digital prescription lenses for Google Glass technology. Longe Optical President Jeff Ostermann says a large portion of the U.S. population wears glasses, so the "sky is the limit" for the size of the potential market. Google Glass is expected to be released to the public next year and Ostermann says Longe Optical is prepared to scale up production to meet possible demand. He tells Inside INdiana Business the company is "exploring options" for commercial production.

Pence Details Economic Priorities

Governor Mike Pence has outlined his 2014 economic agenda, which includes calling on private sector leaders to form and fund an initiative designed to bring entrepreneurs to Indiana. During an event at the Speak Easy in Indianapolis, Pence also discussed previously-announced proposals to phase out the business personal property tax and spend $400 million on highway projects.

INDOT to Transfer Roadway to Towns, County

The Indiana Department of Transportation is turning over responsibility of a nearly 10-mile stretch of road in central Indiana to local governments. A $16.4 million payment from INDOT will be divided among the towns of Avon and Brownsburg as well as Hendricks County.

Software Company Clears Council Hurdle

The Jeffersonville City Council has approved more than $6 million in tax abatement on a Sellersburg-based company's plan to relocate to a commercial park. The News and Tribune reports Rivera Group is looking to expand to 120 workers at the new facility over the next five years.

Notre Dame Church Set For Renovations

An iconic building at the University of Notre Dame will close for three weeks after Christmas for interior upgrades. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart will undergo renovations, which include replacing the current carpeted floor with slate tiles.

Box Company Plans Move

Brookston-based Jessup Paper Box has received tax abatement on a $2 million plan to relocate to Lafayette. The Journal and Courier reports the company plans to move operations and two dozen employees to a new Tippecanoe County facility.

Dow Agro Partnering With John Deere

Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences has announced a collaboration with John Deere and Co. (NYSE: DE) to develop technology to deliver production data and analysis to farmers. The partnership aims to use cloud-based technology to provide site-specific information to growers.

Hospital Makes Big Investment

Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville has pumped nearly $2 million into upgrading its imaging technology. The investment involves a high-tech MRI suite that includes customizable music and visual features.

Building Permits Rise in Central Indiana

The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis says the number of new, single-family building permits continues to outpace last year. BAGI says through November, there have been nearly 4,630 permits issued in 2013, compared to more than 3,900 in 2012.

Rose-Hulman to Partner With Project Lead The Way

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute says it will partner with Indianapolis-based Project Lead The Way Inc. to grow science, technology, engineering and math programs in Indiana. The school is the organization's third affiliate partner in the state.

State Librarian Announces Retirement

Indiana State Librarian Roberta Brooker has announced plans to retire. She has held the job for seven years. Associate Director of Public Services Connie Bruder will serve on an interim basis while the Indiana Library and Historical Board searches for a permanent replacement.

Spay/Neuter Clinic Secures Grant

An Indianapolis animal clinic has landed a $500,000 grant from the Ohio-based Joanie Bernard Foundation. The funding for the FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic will support the organization's stray and un-owned cat program.

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