INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Ivy Tech targets 'changing' ag sector

2013-02-14T13:33:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Ivy Tech targets 'changing' ag sectorGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
February 14, 2013 1:33 pm  • 

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast will offer a new agriculture program beginning in August. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Stewart Bauserman says farming has become more science and technology-driven and the degree will prepare students for the sector's evolving needs. He says the program will begin with 100 students with hopes of growing in the future. Read More Bauserman says the program says there is significant demand for highly-skilled workers in the agricultural sector.

 

Navistar 'Listening to Offers' For RV Business

Navistar International Corp. says it is evaluating the long-term profitability of several divisions, including its RV operations. The company owns Monaco RV facilities in Wakarusa and Elkhart. A spokesman says a sale of the RV business "is a possibility."

 

IMS Upgrade Proposal Moving Forward

A bill to establish a district that would help fund major improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has made it out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The proposal now heads to the full Senate, which could vote next week.

 

Business Plan Competition Chooses Finalists

Finalists have been selected for Purdue University's Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition. They include an agritourism business, technology designed to make rechargeable batteries more reliable and a mobile phone app allowing bars and restaurants to display what beers they have on tap.

 

Language Training Center, LPGA Extend Deal

Indianapolis-based Language Training Center has announced a multi-year extension of its deal with the LPGA. The Indiana company will continue to serve as the golf tour's official language service provider, which includes translation and interpretation services.

 

Downtown Redevelopment Taking Shape

A $30 million project to turn an abandoned downtown Indianapolis office building into a mixed-use development is underway. Plans for "Artistry," in the former Bank One Operations Center include more than 400 apartments, an art gallery and a theater.

 

California Group Acquires Indy Office Towers

A California-based company has purchased its third downtown Indianapolis office property. Hertz Investment Group has acquired two office towers known as Capital Center from Invesco Real Estate.

 

Lilly, European Company Expand Partnership

A Netherlands company is expanding a collaboration with Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.. The agreement with QIAGEN calls on both companies to develop and commercialize diagnostic agents that could work with Lilly drugs.

 

Indiana Company Expands to Houston

Brazil-based Technifab Products Inc. has opened a new office in Houston. The cryogenic equipment supplier also has a facility in Sacramento.

 

Holiday World Announces Promotions

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari is adding to its leadership team. The Santa Claus-based tourist attraction has promoted three staff members to vice president in the areas of operations, support services and marketing.

 

Grant to Fund IU Student Research Program

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant of more than $267,000 to Indiana University to help fund an immersive research program. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program will allow students to participate in a research project at Angel Mounds State Historic Site in southwest Indiana.

 

Franciscan St. Francis Planning Columbus Office

Franciscan St. Francis Health is planning a new physician office in Columbus. The health provider is seeking tax abatement on the project. A hearing on the request has been postponed for more evaluation.

 

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