INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Ivy Tech Details Major Reorganization

2014-01-07T12:48:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Ivy Tech Details Major ReorganizationGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
January 07, 2014 12:48 pm  • 

Ivy Tech Community College is undergoing the biggest organizational change in the school's 50-year history. President Tom Snyder says the change, announced by the college's board of trustees, results in more streamlined regions and fewer chancellors. He tells Inside INdiana Business Ivy Tech continues to be under "enormous cost pressures" caused by less state funding, lower enrollment and an $80 million budget shortfall. He says the state's largest college is "woefully short" of teachers and the reorganization cold potentially lead to additional hiring.

Abdul Sees Rough Road For Key Issues

The Indiana House and Senate convene this afternoon and the publisher of IndyPolitics.org says two major issues may not be resolved this legislative session. Abdul-Hakim Shabazz says he would not be surprised if Governor Mike Pence's call for the phase out the business personal property tax is sent to a study committee to determine how to make for up lost revenue. He also believes there is a "very good chance" a proposed amendment to the state Constitution further defining marriage will be changed, which would start the approval process over.

Good Samaritan Hospital to Mark Building Milestone

Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes is set to host a topping out ceremony Thursday to mark progress on a major portion of a more than $100 million project. The event will center around the hospital's new five-story Gibault Memorial patient pavilion.

City Picks Developer For Med School Plan

Evansville is moving forward with a plan to attract a major Indiana University academic medical research campus. The Courier & Press reports the city will partner with developer U.S. HealthRealty/Skanska to put together a proposal to locate the project downtown.

Carbon Motors Cruiser Close to Auction Block

Preparations continue for an auction this month featuring the sole police cruiser prototype built by now-defunct Carbon Motors Co. Key Auctioneers says the sale also includes the former Connersville company's intellectual property, computers and a tradeshow booth.

State Re-Opens Interstate

The Indiana Department of Transportation is again allowing travel on I-65 between Lafayette and Merrillville. Icy conditions forced INDOT to close the stretch Sunday. It re-opened briefly yesterday before being shut down a second time.

Restaurant Continues Indiana Expansion

A Brazilian-style restaurant plans to open its second of three planned Indiana locations next month. Tucanos Brazilian Grill says the Noblesville location will result in a $2.5 million investment and 130 jobs. Co-founder Joe Heeb discussed the company's plans last month on Inside INdiana Business Television.

ISU Professor Advises 'Mythbusters'

An Indiana State University instructor is receiving national television exposure. Professor Emeritus of Biology George Bakken served as a consultant for the recent season premiere of Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters." The episode focuses on myths about the movie "Star Wars."

New Nonstop Flight Set to Land in Indy

Delays and cancellations are still being reported at airports throughout the state, but one flight the business community has been waiting on for a long time remains on schedule. The first nonstop between San Francisco and Indianapolis is still slated to land tonight at Indianapolis International Airport.

BSU, IU Collaboration Re-Creates Ancient Site

Digital artists at Ball State University have created a three-dimensional simulation of an ancient Roman landmark. The project was commissioned by Indiana University and offers a re-creation of the Campus of Mars, which was built for Emperor Augustus to serve as an astronomical calendar.

State Museum Outlines Programs

The Indiana State Museum plans to spend February focusing on arts, culture and science. The Indianapolis venue has scheduled three weekend festivals dealing with Hoosier African-American history, Indiana art and fossils, gems and minerals. The museum is also looking for more volunteers.

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