INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Leaders renew push For pre-K funding

2013-12-19T12:20:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Leaders renew push For pre-K fundingGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
December 19, 2013 12:20 pm  • 

A group of education and business leaders is continuing a call for state legislators to provide sustainable funding for early childhood education. Indiana is one of nine states that does not use public funding to support pre-kindergarten education. Indianapolis-based Day Nursery Chief Executive Officer Ted Maple says there is an increased "sense of urgency" among schools and businesses to prepare tomorrow's work force for their school careers. Maple was part of a special (i) on Education INsiders Panel on Inside INdiana Business Television.

IU Athletics Plans 'Major' Facility Announcement

Indiana University is planning an "announcement ceremony" this afternoon involving Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The university says it will make a "major" facility related announcement. IU President Michael McRobbie and Director of Athletics Fred Glass will attend the event.

Testing Company Backs Out of Facility Plans

An Illinois company is not going through with plans to locate a facility in West Lafayette. WLFI-TV reports Automotive Robotics Proving Labs Inc. has pulled out of a $10 million deal, which would have involved an engine testing operation at the Purdue Research Park.

Purdue, Notre Dame to Meet at Lucas Oil Stadium

Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame have confirmed they will face each other next year in a football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game had been scheduled for South Bend and will remain a home contest for Notre Dame. The schools have not faced each other in Indianapolis since 1984.

Longtime Kokomo Eatery Shuts Down

Unpaid taxes have forced a Kokomo restaurant to close. Ducky's Restaurant was shut down by the Indiana Department of Revenue this week, roughly two months after it was featured on the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible." The Kokomo Tribune reports two potential buyers are lined up for the restaurant that has been around for nearly 40 years.

Big Goal Receives Big Boost

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Inc. has received a $375,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The partnership says the funding will support its Big Goal Collaborative, designed to better align education programs with the needs of area employers.

Ubben Lecture to Feature Shoe Entrepreneur

The founder of California-based TOMS Shoes is set to speak in March at DePauw University. Blake Mycoskie will deliver a presentation titled, "Conscious Capitalism and the Future of Business" as part of the Ubben Lecture series.

Ivy Tech to Offer New Program

Ivy Tech Corporate College has announced an online certification partnership with Michigan State University. The new program will be focused on training for professionals in logistics and supply chain management.

Bar Foundation Celebrates Hamilton, Shepard

Two well-known former public officials have received honors from the Indiana Bar Foundation. Lee Hamilton, who spent more than 30 years in Congress, and Randall Shepard, who retired from the Indiana Supreme Court in March, are 2013 winners of William Baker Awards for their civic education efforts.

Summit to Spotlight Health Informatics

The University of Southern Indiana is set to hold its inaugural Health Informatics Tri-State Summit next month on the Evansville campus. The event will explore information technology trends, data analytics and health information exchange topics.

Leading Index Inches Upward

The Indiana Business Research Center says "upbeat" metrics in the automotive sector helped drive a slight increase in December's Leading Index for Indiana. Director of Economic Analysis Tim Slaper says increasing home builder confidence also added to the improvement.

Community Creates Patient Experience Role

Indianapolis-based Community Health Network has named Tom Malasto chief patient experience officer. In the newly-created position, he will oversee network-wide registration and patient access services as well as marketing and communications efforts.

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