INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Merrillville restaurants among 'most romantic'

2014-01-30T13:07:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Merrillville restaurants among 'most romantic'Gerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
January 30, 2014 1:07 pm  • 

A pair of Indiana restaurants, including Gamba Ristorante in Merrillville, is included on a dining website's annual list of the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. California-based OpenTable Inc. says the Indianapolis and Merrillville destinations were selected based on diners' ratings.

Study to Look at Future of IPFW

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is spearheading a study focusing on the future of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Partnership Chief Executive Officer John Sampson says the effort will provide a "fresh and candid look" at all options for the school, including independence from Purdue University. He says the majority of IPFW students end up working for regional employers, so the school needs flexibility to develop programs that meet the area's needs. The Indiana House and Senate are considering bills that would alter the university's governance structure.

Southern Indiana Expects 'Ripple Effect' From Ford

One Southern Indiana is calling the decision by Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) to pump another $80 million into its Louisville truck plant a big win for the region. The automaker says the investment will lead to another 350 jobs at the operation. One Southern Indiana Executive Vice President Matt Hall says the ripple effect will be felt on the Indiana side of the Ohio River "in a positive way for years to come."

House Passes Tax Cut Proposal

The Indiana House has passed a bill giving counties the option to exempt companies from the state's business personal property tax. It now heads to the Senate, which is considering its own proposal concerning the tax.

Ball State Moves Away From Coal

Ball State University has announced plans to shut down its coal-burning boilers in March. The system burns more than 35,000 tons of the fossil fuel per year and has been operating for around 90 years.

House Approves Entrepreneurship Bill

A measure designed to streamline some entrepreneurship initiatives is now in the hands of the Indiana Senate. The bill, which was approved yesterday by the House, would place several organizations under the umbrella of the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Exelis Scores Army Contract

Exelis Inc. in Fort Wayne has secured a nearly $11 million U.S. Department of Defense contract. The deal involves radio technology for two Army helicopters.

Purdue North Central Part of Intern Program

Purdue University North Central is looking for high-tech startups to take part in the Interns for Indiana program. Employers will be matched with students who will work a minimum of 400 hours during the summer. The program is partially funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Popular Restaurant Announces Closing

The owners of a beloved restaurant in downtown Franklin say they can no longer stay in business. Jim and Mary Barnaby run Don & Dona's Restaurant and cite delays on a city-led façade renovation program as a major factor in the decision to permanently close.

DEFENDER Direct Details Leadership Event

Indianapolis-based DEFENDER Direct is expecting more than 2,000 participants at its national leadership convention next month in the state capital. This year, the home security and residential services dealer is opening the event to attendees outside the company.

Indy Company Hires Former Navy Vice Admiral

Indianapolis-based Phoenix Data Corp. has named Mike Bucchi vice president of military business development. He previously served more than three decades in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a vice admiral. Read More

hhgregg Profit Drops

Indianapolis-based hhgregg Inc. is reporting a third quarter net income of $5 million, compared to $17.4 million for the same period a year earlier. Chief Executive Officer Dennis May says sales of consumer electronics as well as computing and wireless products did not meet expectations. Read More

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