INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Mayors detail big annexation plans

2013-02-08T12:36:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Mayors detail big annexation plansGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
February 08, 2013 12:36 pm  • 

Boosting economic development is at the core of two Indiana mayors' proposals to annex property near major highways. Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith and West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis are looking to expand city limits to areas closer to I-69 and the U.S. 231 corridor, respectively. Smith says his plan focuses on attracting manufacturing, while Dennis intends to provide a "gateway" into the city, Purdue University and the Purdue Research Park. Dennis says his proposal aims to draw future investments that "fit" the culture of the community.

 

I-69 Innovation Challenge Set to Begin

The annual I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge runs this weekend in Warsaw. The Grant County Economic Growth Council hosts the competition, which calls on teams of college students to create a for-profit business solution to a unique social problem.

 

Cummins Joint Venture Lands Major Deals

A joint venture involving Columbus-based Cummins Inc. has announced two large orders from transit systems with natural gas-powered buses. LA Metro is planning to order 550 new natural gas buses powered by Cummins Westport Inc. engines. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System says it plans to purchase more than 400 of the alternative fuel vehicles.

 

New Mayor to Take The Helm in Petersburg

A longtime Indiana State Police trooper is set to take over as leader of a southwest Indiana city. Frank Coleman will be sworn in as mayor of Petersburg February 22. He will succeed Jon Craig, who accepted the role of deputy director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs for the Pence Administration.

 

ISU, Museum Partner For Nanoscience Program

The Terre Haute Children's Museum is partnering with Indiana State University for a program Saturday designed to connect kids with nanoscience. ISU faculty and students will lead experiments with items such as memory wire, lava lamps and super-strength bubbles.

 

Frankfort Offering Prescription Discount Card

A Clinton County community is launching a program designed to help offset costs associated with prescription drugs. The Frankfort RX Card, part of the Indiana Drug Card initiative, is now available to residents of the city.

 

WGU Introduces New Scholarships

WGU Indiana has introduced a program aimed at addressing the need for math and science teachers in the state. The school is offering 10 new scholarships to students looking to earn an education degree in those areas.

 

Fraternity Presenting Business Awards

An Evansville attorney and Berry Plastics Group Inc. are being honored at a ceremony today at the University of Evansville. The awards, presented by the school's chapter of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, recognize businesses and individuals for "transformational leadership" in the community.

 

Purdue Gives Students Clear Path to Own Inventions

A new interpretation of Purdue University's intellectual property policy will allow student inventors to own their innovations. The university says the policy gives students clear rights if they used resources as part of a course, were not paid by the university or a third party and the project was not supported by an outside contract.

 

Foundation Names 'Trail of The Year'

The Indiana Greenways Foundation has selected an Evansville route as its 2012 Trail of the Year. The organization picked Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage for features including "awe-inspiring vistas."

 

Cultural Event Names ChaCha CEO Honorary Chair

The Spirit & Place Festival in Indianapolis has chosen Scott Jones to be honorary chair for this year's event. He is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Carmel-based ChaCha Inc.

 

Rose-Hulman Touts STEM Program Success

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will celebrate its new global science and engineering exchange program with Brazil this weekend. The South American country's Science Without Borders initiative is an effort to send up to 100,000 students to top technology schools around the world.

 

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