The latest class has completed a six-week program at Purdue University designed to train aspiring pilots with disabilities. Purdue is the primary training site for the Able Flight program, which has partnered with the West Lafayette school for the last eight years. In an interview in our most recent edition of our INdiana Connections advanced manufacturing and logistics e-newsletter, Purdue Polytechnic Associate Professor Bernie Wulle said the students are motivated and "here for a purpose."

DWD Commissioner Steve Braun to resign: The commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development is stepping down. A spokesperson for Governor Eric Holcomb has confirmed Steve Braun will resign Aug. 30 after three years in the role.

Rose-Hulman to add 1,100 acres from Hulman Family: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has announced an acquisition that will make the school's footprint six times larger. The more than 1,100-acre property is the former home of Mari Hulman George and sits just south of the Terre Haute campus. President Jim Conwell calls the deal a game-changer that will boost Rose-Hulman's profile as a leader in science, technology, engineering and math "for decades to come." In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Conwell credits the school's century-long relationship with the Hulman family.

Bradley: Local financial struggles forced convention center cut:  Indiana State University President Dan Bradley says a pared-down plan for the aging Hulman Center could move forward within the next couple of months, maybe sooner. Bradley tells Inside INdiana Business the decision to cut a convention center addition from what was a $75 million plan came down to the ability of Terre Haute and Vigo County partners to "make it work financially." He says work is now underway to secure approval from the ISU Board of Trustees, Indiana Commission for Higher Education and State Budget Committee to use the $37.5 million already allocated by the General Assembly in 2015 toward the reworked vision. Bradley says the now-$40 million plans are not ideal, but "at least we're moving forward."

Viral launch plans will show 'It can be done': The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Viral Launch says growth projections, which include up to 250 jobs by 2022, are actually "pretty low." Co-founder Casey Gauss tells Inside INdiana Business the software, creative and consulting services provider for Amazon sellers has a broader scope than competitors. "We're focused on not just solving one particular need of Amazon sellers or e-commerce sellers. We're focused on building or providing the platform to help the entire business succeed." Gauss says the company is poised for big growth, fast.

Anderson center opens 'World of Opportunity': Anderson leaders say the growing Purdue Polytechnic Institute continues to pay dividends. Officials have cut the ribbon on the new $15 million Flagship East facility, which Mayor Tom Broderick says keeps the city "at the forefront of innovation." Also today, Switzerland-based energy storage technology company Leclanché officially opened a new research and manufacturing facility at the center. The company makes products ranging from vehicle charging stations to grid storage system technology. In interviews with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Broderick and Leclanché Chief Operating Officer Thom Reddington say the center and the company are helping diversify Anderson's economy.

Fort Wayne newspaper transitioning to digital: Fort Wayne will no longer have two daily physical newspapers. The News-Sentinel, which traces its origins to the 1830s, says it will move "primarily to a digital product" in the coming months.

Pacers, St. Vincent celebrate 'Monumental Day': After a year-and-a-half of construction, the Indiana Pacers and St. Vincent Heath have cut the ribbon on the team's new $50 million training facility in downtown Indianapolis. During today's ceremony, the team announced St. Vincent is now the exclusive health care provider of the Pacers. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, St. Vincent Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Nalli says the new partnership expands on a "phenomenal relationship" between the network and the Pacers.

Construction begins on $25M plant in Terre Haute: A Germany-based company has begun work on a $25 million facility in Terre Haute. Officials with the Pyrolyx Group broke ground Friday on what it says will be the most advanced plant of its kind and will create 55 jobs when complete.

'Unprecedented' growth drives Jayco expansion: Jayco Inc. has announced what it calls a new "mega-facility" planned at its Middlebury campus. The recreational vehicle manufacturer says the 237,000 square-foot operation will create approximately 300 jobs. Officials expect to break ground late next month. Chief Operating Officer Matt Thompson says "we're seeing unprecedented growth in the RV industry."

Public Good Index reveals red flags: Indianapolis-based think tank The Sagamore Institute has released a study designed to arm major cities throughout Indiana and the U.S. with information to improve quality of life. The Public Good Index measures challenges facing the state, including fiscal stability, poverty and net income. Vice President Troy Riggs tells Inside INdiana Business Television some surprising results in Indiana include "anemic" income increases between 2000 and 2015, which haven't kept up with inflation. The state's overall fiscal stability, however, stood out compared to other states. Indiana is expected to have a $2 billion budget reserve on June 30, 2019, which Riggs says is "outstanding, it means that we're prepared for the future."

Hoosier trade officials to visit Japan: A trade delegation led by Gov. Eric Holcomb will visit Indiana's largest foreign investor next month. The week-long trade mission to Japan will start September 7 and feature meetings with executives from companies invested in Indiana including Subaru, Toyota and Honda. More than 280 Japan-owned businesses are located in Indiana, supporting over 58,000 jobs in the state.

Indiana State Fair draws over 900K: This year's Indiana State Fair attracted nearly 907,000 attendees. The figure represents a 24 percent increase over last year and is the sixth-highest attendance total in the event's history.

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