INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Indiana company turns to Hollywood magic

2013-08-19T12:25:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Indiana company turns to Hollywood magicGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
August 19, 2013 12:25 pm  • 

Indiana Company Turns to Hollywood Magic

An Indiana company has enlisted the help of Hollywood special effects experts to develop state-of-the-art technology. Glasses.com, a unit of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. says its iPad app and website allow users to virtually try different styles of glasses before making a purchasing decision. WellPoint obtained the Glasses.com domain as part of last year's multi-million dollar acquisition of 1-800-CONTACTS Inc. Public Relations Director Gene Rodriguez showed off the technology with Barb Lewis in the Business of Health.

 

Fort Wayne to Discuss Possible Transportation Upgrades

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is planning a news conference this afternoon to discuss potential improvements to the city's transportation system. The city says it will have more than $13.5 million in annual funding to maintain streets and roads.

 

Folk Fest to Provide Economic Boost

A southern Indiana folk music event is expected to have a nearly $930,000 economic impact on the area. The Dubois County Visitors and Tourism Commission estimates 9,000 people will attend next month's Ferdinand Folk Festival.

 

Tyner Weighs in on Biofuels Production Targets

A Purdue University expert believes the U.S. will be able to meet new biofuels production levels, if federally-mandated targets are adjusted. Agricultural Economics Professor Wally Tyner says A 2.3 billion gallon reduction would allow the nation to produce enough biofuels to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014.

 

Classes Begin at New Ivy Tech Campus

The mayor of Frankfort says the city and Ivy Tech Community College have met an ambitious timeline in order to begin classes on-schedule today at the Clinton County city's new campus. Chris McBarnes calls the school a "game-changer" for the region and says it has exceeded initial enrollment goals.

 

UIndy Expects Record Enrollment

The University of Indianapolis is projecting a record number of full-time undergraduates this school year. UIndy is expecting more than 3,000 students for the fall semester, including an estimated 810 freshman.

 

Notre Dame Expands Aerospace Research Facility

The University of Notre Dame has opened new aerospace laboratory space. The school says the expansion was triggered by "rapid growth" of turbo-machine research and will feature new test cells, combustion labs and a wind tunnel.

 

Ivy Tech Touts Potential Vending Impact

In a continuing effort to bridge a multi-million dollar funding gap, Ivy Tech Community College has announced a new vending partnership. The school says the deal with Ohio-based AVI Foodsystems Inc. could amount to more than $10 million in revenue over the life of the contract.

 

Fort Wayne to Host Hundreds of Genealogists

An estimated 1,500 genealogical researchers are slated to travel to northeast Indiana this week for a national event. Visit Fort Wayne estimates the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will bring in $1.3 million to the area.

 

Marketing Tech Initiative Announces Launch Plans

An industry-led initiative focusing on promoting Indianapolis' marketing tech sector is set to launch next month. It will debut at an event following this year's ExactTarget Inc. (NYSE: ET) Connections conference.

 

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