INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: 'Parks And Rec' to feature more Hoosier flavor

2014-01-15T12:31:00Z 2014-01-15T16:55:58Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: 'Parks And Rec' to feature more Hoosier flavorGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
January 15, 2014 12:31 pm  • 

An upcoming episode of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" will feature a meal from a Clay County farm. U-Relish Farm owner Cara Dafforn says word of national exposure for its "Pawnee Chickpeas" has already doubled sales to retailers. She says the show's writers contacted her after shooting an episode last year in Indianapolis. The small business sells pre-packaged, slow-cooker meals at the Indianapolis City Market and local grocers. Dafforn believes a deal with NBC could be a catalyst for statewide distribution.

State Announces School Accountability Grades

The Indiana Department of Education has released statewide school accountability grades. Nearly 180 school corporations in Indiana received an "A" or "B" during 2013 and more than 120 were graded "C" or lower.

Relocation Could Create Jobs

A northern Indiana manufacturer says a recent plant relocation is leading to more jobs. Middlebury-based Jayco Inc. says moving some travel trailer operations to a separate facility has already created 30 jobs and could mean dozens more.

Proposal Aims to License Industrial Hemp Production

A bill involving hemp production in Indiana is slated to be heard next week by the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The proposal, authored by State Senator Richard Young (D-47), would allow the Indiana Department of Agriculture to license growing and producing the plant for industrial uses.

Canterbury Owners Unveil New Name

A historic hotel in downtown Indianapolis is undergoing a major rebranding. The Canterbury Hotel will be known as Le Méridien Indianapolis once a $9.5 million renovation is complete in November.

Cheer Event to Attract Thousands

Organizers of a major cheer competition expect this weekend's event to attract more than 25,000 people to Indianapolis. The JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals will be held at the Indiana Convention Center. Visit Indy estimates the event will have a more than $20 million economic impact.

Marshall County Investing in STEM Program

The Marshall County Economic Development Corp. has approved a matching grant program to help area schools implement curriculum from Indianapolis-based Project Lead the Way Inc. The effort will provide $30,000 over three years to support the science, technology, engineering and math program in Marshall County schools.

IU Part of Supercomputer Projects

Indiana University is taking part in two major supercomputing efforts. The university will partner with schools in Texas and California on multi-million dollar projects funded by the National Science Foundation.

Ivy Tech Announces Interim Region Chancellor

Ivy Tech Community College - Columbus/Franklin has named Steven Combs interim chancellor. He will succeed John Hogan, who was recently promoted to a vice president role.

Imaging Company Secures Military Deal

Indianapolis-based Esaote North America Inc. has landed a $7.5 million U.S. Department of Defense contract. The medical imaging company's work is expected to be complete in a year and involves radiology systems, accessories and services.

TinCaps Hiring Seasonal Help

The Fort Wayne TinCaps are hiring hundreds of seasonal employees. The team is looking for part-time workers in areas ranging from concessions to video production.

Robotics Competition Coming to Elkhart

Students from 24 teams will take part in the second annual IndianaFIRST State Championship in Elkhart. The May event will also include robotics demonstrations and a technology and college fair.

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