INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Rankings highlight state's road needs

2013-10-14T12:20:00Z 2013-10-14T17:37:08Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Rankings highlight state's road needsGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
October 14, 2013 12:20 pm  • 

A national highway report is shedding light on areas Indiana needs to improve. The California-based Reason Foundation ranks Indiana 22nd for the condition and cost-effectiveness of state roadways. Conexus Indiana Vice President David Holt believes "congestion points" throughout Indiana brought down its ranking. He also says the state must focus on fixing bridges that are deemed obsolete or deficient. Holt tells our INdiana Connections e-newsletter the state needs to find new ways to fund road improvements.

 

Commission to Consider Downtown Investment

A $71 million downtown development plan in Fort Wayne continues to move forward. The city's redevelopment commission this afternoon will consider Fort Wayne's land acquisition and architectural service costs for the project.

 

Cities Advocating For I-69 Bridge

Leaders in Evansville and Henderson, Ky., are set to detail a new partnership this afternoon designed to push for an I-69 bridge connecting the cities. The BridgeLink initiative is being led by the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Indiana and the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.

 

J.D. Byrider Looking to Hire Displaced Employees

Carmel-based J.D. Byrider is planning a private hiring event for workers losing their jobs at another company's call center. The used car and finance company says it is working with Frontier Communications Corp. to offer opportunities to dozens of workers affected by recently-announced layoffs.

 

Researchers to Examine 'South Split' Beam

A major transportation repair effort in Indianapolis will serve as a learning opportunity for engineers, inspectors and students. The Indiana Department of Transportation says a section of a steel girder from a bridge replacement project is being sent to Purdue University's School of Civil Engineering.

 

Developer Seeking Apartment Complex Abatement

An Indianapolis-based developer is planning a more than $16 million apartment complex in Marion County. A unit of Herman & Kittle Properties Inc. says the project includes 29 apartment buildings.

 

New Costco to Officially Open

Officials are set to cut the ribbon Wednesday on a multi-million dollar Costco store in Fort Wayne. The new location could employ up to 200 workers.

 

Regional Planning Group Lands Federal Grants

The East Central Indiana Regional Planning District Inc. has received U.S. Economic Development Administration grants totaling more than $200,000. The money will be used to help develop a manufacturing strategic plan and regional economic vision.

 

Indiana Repertory Theatre Shuffles Executives

The Indianapolis Repertory Theatre has announced appointments to key leadership positions. Janet Allen has been selected as chief executive officer and Suzanne Sweeney has been named managing director, succeeding Steven Stolen.

 

Funding Source Publication Released

West Lafayette-based Schoolhouse Partners LLC has published its 13th Funding Sources for Community and Economic Development. The company says this year's guide contains information on more than 5,000 funding opportunities.

 

Furniture Retailer Coming to Fort Wayne

A Michigan-based furniture retailer is expanding into Fort Wayne. Art Van Furniture says it will open a store in the Allen County city next year and create more than 50 jobs.

 

Purdue Economists to Participate in Forecast

Three Purdue University economists will give their takes on the local, national and international economies this month in Lafayette. They will be featured in the Greater Lafayette Commerce Economic Forecast Luncheon.

 

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