South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg plans to dust off some "long dormant" piano skills and promote the city's arts and entertainment sector by performing with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra this weekend. He says quality of life is a "huge part" of attracting business and talent to the area. Buttigieg says although some people think arts competes for government funding with economic development, he believes "arts is economic development." Read More He says a strong cultural scene can help the city stand out.
Pence: 'Very Disappointed' With House Budget Proposal
Governor Mike Pence says the budget proposal from House Republicans increases spending without providing new tax relief. He says the plan does not contain a balanced approach "that will create jobs and opportunities for Hoosiers." The Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote Monday on the budget bill.
City Tables Annexation Proposal
The Anderson City Council has tabled Mayor Kevin Smith's plan to annex more than 20 miles of adjacent property. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report several residents opposed to the plan attended a hearing Thursday night on the proposal.
Google Maps Showcasing Lucas Oil Stadium
Google Maps has chosen Indianapolis for its first ever panoramic imagery of the inside of a National Football League stadium. The 360-degree photo presentation of Lucas Oil Stadium includes views of the player tunnels, locker rooms and suites.
Rotary to Mark Milestone, Honor Lugar
The Rotary Club of Indianapolis is turning 100 years old. Former president Denny Sponsel says the keys to longevity have been its continuing role as a "business network" and the city's "rich heritage of people that want to serve." In a Studio(i) interview, Sponsel says the organization is marking the milestone with a gala this weekend and will honor former senator Richard Lugar as its "Rotarian of the Century."
Video Game Business Expanding Reach
Terre Haute-based eBash Video Game Centers is opening a new location in Carmel. Founder and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology graduate Zack Johnson's company also has centers in Evansville, Terre Haute and Charleston, Illinois.
Butler Awards Innovation Grants
Butler University has awarded $300,000 in grants to students, staff and faculty members for new academic programs. The proposals include a Butler arts festival and a project to convert waste cooking oil into fuel for the school's vehicles.
Ball State to Offer Free, Open Online Courses
Ball State University is set to launch three free massive, open online courses this spring. The school says the effort allows educators to experiment with techniques for teaching classes of up to 1,000 and enables prospective students to "sample" the university.
Indiana, Illinois Colleges Enter Partnership
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has reached an articulation agreement with the Illinois Eastern Community College system. The deal includes a scholarship program for students in the Illinois system who transfer to Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods for their bachelor's degrees.
Raytheon Lands Helmet Display Deal
Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC in Indianapolis and a Virginia company have been awarded a $3.5 million manufacturing contract by the U.S. Army. The helmet-mounted display deal includes work at Marion County and Illinois facilities.
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