The state's incoming Superintendent of Public Instruction does not anticipate having any problems working with lawmakers on education reform. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Glenda Ritz says many of the changes implemented in the past few years have not been embraced by the education community. Instead of trying to roll back the reforms, she wants to start "implementing things in a different direction."
RV Suppliers Plan to Add Jobs in Elkhart County
Two Elkhart County employers are requesting tax abatements that could lead to the addition of more than 200 jobs. The Elkhart Truth reports recreational vehicle frame manufacturer Fortress Technologies is planning to establish an operation in Middlebury. The company intends to create 266 jobs. Another RV supplier, Vista Manufacturing, wants to add jobs in Elkhart.
Evansville to Host NCAA Division II Elite Eight
The NCAA has announced Evansville's Ford Center will host the 2014 Division II Men's Elite Eight. The NCAA says the bid process was "as competitive as ever," with 53 cities expressing interest in hosting tournament games.
Kentucky Company to Open Indy Rehab Center
Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare Inc. has announced plans to open a 100-bed transitional care center in Indianapolis. The Marion County location will specialize in intensive short-term rehabilitation and is scheduled to open in early 2014.
Cummins on List of 'Civic 50'
Cummins Inc. has been named to a national corporate community service list. The Washington, D.C.-based National Conference on Citizenship's "Civic 50" includes the Columbus-based manufacturer and evaluates companies based on how they use time, talent and resources to improve quality of life.
Fiscal Policy Institute Releases Income Taxes Report
A study from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute has taken a snapshot of the use and future of local option income taxes around the state. President John Ketzenberger says while such taxes are a "central piece" of local budgets, lawmakers should focus on reducing the complexity of the system.
Indiana Parks Receive Millions More in Funding
The statewide Bicentennial Nature Trust has awarded a $2.4 million round of funding for projects in a dozen parks throughout the state. The preservation efforts include initiatives in Perry, Brown and Montgomery counties.
Franklin Golf Pro Becomes PGA President
An Indiana resident has been elected president of The Professional Golfers' Association of America. Ted Bishop from Franklin has previously served as association secretary and vice president.
UIndy, St. Francis Form Nursing Partnership
The University of Indianapolis and Franciscan St. Francis Health have partnered to form what the school calls a "nurse practitioner pipeline." Under the agreement, UIndy's School of Nursing will offer some master's specialty courses at one of the hospital group's education facilities.
IU Rises in International Student Rankings
Indiana University continues to rank highly in the Institute of International Education's rankings of internationally engaged universities. The 2012 Open Doors report shows a record number of IU Bloomington students enrolled in study abroad programs during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Hospital Project Receives Major Gift
Decatur County Memorial Hospital's "Reach" capital campaign has secured its first major donation. Greensburg-based First Federal Savings & Loan has committed $100,000 to the effort. The public phase of the campaign is set to launch in January.
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