A rural economic development veteran has been appointed Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director of Economic Development & Trade. Connie Neininger most recently served as president of the Cass Logansport Economic Development Organization and also spent time as the economic development director in White County.
Lechleiter Undergoes Surgery
Doctors say surgery to repair the aorta of Eli Lilly and Co. Chief Executive Officer John Lechleiter "went as expected." He is recovering after undergoing the previously-announced procedure Monday. Chief Financial Officer Derica Rice is serving as acting CEO of the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company until Lechleiter returns.
Graphics Company Seeks Abatement
A Plainfield-based company has received preliminary tax abatement approval for a plan to locate a facility near Lafayette. Our partners at WBAA in West Lafayette report Tippecanoe County officials are expected to take a final vote next month on the TKO Graphix request for a five-year abatement on the proposed operation that would create 10 jobs.
Innovation Showcase Seeks Startups
Applications are open for The Innovation Showcase, which is set for July at the Dallara factory in Speedway. The event gives entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their startup plans to an investor panel. They will also have a chance to present their concepts to angel investors including Elevate Ventures and HALO.
UIndy Names Acting Business Dean
The University of Indianapolis has named Professor Karl Knapp acting dean of its School of Business. He has been on the UIndy faculty since 2006 after spending 17 years in the business world with companies including Indianapolis Life Insurance Co. and Raytheon Technical Services Co. The university says a national search for a permanent dean continues. Knapp says the school wants to expand relationships with the business community.
Biosciences Company Appoints New CEO
A West Lafayette life sciences company has a new chief executive officer. Perfinity Biosicences Inc., which is based in the Purdue Research Park, has named Robert Ellis to the position. He has spent more than 25 years in the industry including six as the CEO of Bio Trove Inc. in Massachusetts.
Directors Leave WellPoint Board
Indianapolis-based health insurance company WellPoint Inc. says "no disagreements or disputes" prompted the resignation of three members of its board of directors. The health insurance company made the announcement in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
State Budget Funds Training Program
A program to help Indiana residents earn a career certification and high school equivalency credential is receiving a funding boost. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the new state budget gives the WorkINdiana program $5 million over the next two years.
Kelley Program Grabs Prestigious Ranking
An international publication ranks the Indiana University Kelley School of Business' custom executive education among the world's best. The Financial Times places the Kelley Executive Partners program 35th in the world, 14th in the U.S. and first in the Big Ten.
Stone Carver to Create 2013 Arts Awards
A Bedford sculptor will create this year's Governor's Arts Awards. The Indiana Arts Commission has selected William Galloway, who founded Angelo Stone Company in 1994. He specializes in stone carving and some of his pieces reside at city parks in Bloomington.
Philanthropy School Graduates First Class
The new Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has awarded its first 50 degrees. The school says the recipients included four Ph.D. students.
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