INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Site Selectors Converge on Indiana

2013-09-24T12:34:00Z 2013-09-24T16:39:20Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Site Selectors Converge on IndianaGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
September 24, 2013 12:34 pm  • 

The chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Association says an event this week will allow the group to hear the "unvarnished truth" about what site selectors think about the state. Lee Lewellen says the Site Selectors Guild will discuss the global economy and what Indiana can do to become more attractive to businesses looking to re-locate or expand. The guild consists of site selectors from around the world representing industries including advanced manufacturing, life sciences and transportation. Lewellen says talent is a major concern for site selectors.

 

Board OKs Downtown Oil Drilling Deal

Illinois-based Pioneer Oil Co. Inc. has received a key approval for a plan to drill for oil in downtown Terre Haute. The Tribune-Star reports the city's board of public works has cleared the way for the company to negotiate leases with landowners, including Indiana State University.

 

Voucher Applications Increase

Numbers from the Indiana Department of Education show more than 20,000 school voucher applications have been submitted for the current academic year. A law that took effect in July expanded the program to include more low- and middle-income families.

 

Star Wars Boosts State Museum Attendance

The Indiana State Museum is reporting record summer attendance. The attraction says a Star Wars exhibit helped welcome more than 64,000 visitors this summer.

 

Lumber Company Details Expansion

A Michigan-based company has finalized plans to add more than 70 jobs in Elkhart. Zeeland Lumber Operations LLC intends to invest more than $1.5 million to build a new facility, which is expected to be complete next year.

 

Manufacturer Plans Franklin Expansion

Illinois-based KYB Americas Corp. is planning to add jobs in Johnson County. Our partners at the Daily Journal report the auto parts manufacturer intends to create 50 jobs over three years.

 

Services Set For Phyllis Pond

The funeral for the longest-serving female representative in Indiana history is planned for Friday in New Haven. Phyllis Pond spent 35 years at the Statehouse before retiring last month. She was 82.

 

IURC Commissioner Announces Retirement

A commissioner of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is planning to retire in January. Larry Landis has served the agency for more than a decade and says he gave the advance notice to help with the transition.

 

President Leaves RailCats

The president and general manager of the Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball team has resigned. Kevin Spudic is leaving the post after two years. The team won this season's American Association championship.

 

Foundation Awards to Fund UE Scholarships

Two professors have landed what the University of Evansville is calling the largest faculty grant in school history. The more than $610,000 National Science Foundation funding will go toward science and math scholarships.

 

FFA Receives Cargill Commitment

The Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization has received a pledge of more than $500,000 from Cargill. The Minnesota-based agricultural company says the funding will support an annual FFA training conference and the continuing development of an online initiative.

 

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Site Selectors Converge on Indiana

State Gathers Key Feedback

The chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Association says an event this week will allow the group to hear the "unvarnished truth" about what site selectors think about the state. Lee Lewellen says the Site Selectors Guild will discuss the global economy and what Indiana can do to become more attractive to businesses looking to re-locate or expand. The guild consists of site selectors from around the world representing industries including advanced manufacturing, life sciences and transportation. Read More Lewellen says talent is a major concern for site selectors.

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States Move Forward on Illiana Expressway

An agreement is in place to finance, build and maintain the proposed Illiana Corridor. The Indiana Department of Transportation says both states will acquire their individual sections and use respective public-private partnership laws to enter into a deal to build and develop the route. The expressway would reach from I-65 in northwest Indiana to I-55 in Illinois.

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Board OKs Downtown Oil Drilling Deal

Illinois-based Pioneer Oil Co. Inc. has received a key approval for a plan to drill for oil in downtown Terre Haute. The Tribune-Star reports the city's board of public works has cleared the way for the company to negotiate leases with landowners, including Indiana State University.

Read More


Voucher Applications Increase

Numbers from the Indiana Department of Education show more than 20,000 school voucher applications have been submitted for the current academic year. A law that took effect in July expanded the program to include more low- and middle-income families.

Read More


Star Wars Boosts State Museum Attendance

The Indiana State Museum is reporting record summer attendance. The attraction says a Star Wars exhibit helped welcome more than 64,000 visitors this summer.

Read More


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Lumber Company Details Expansion

A Michigan-based company has finalized plans to add more than 70 jobs in Elkhart. Zeeland Lumber Operations LLC intends to invest more than $1.5 million to build a new facility, which is expected to be complete next year.

Read More


Manufacturer Plans Franklin Expansion

Illinois-based KYB Americas Corp. is planning to add jobs in Johnson County. Our partners at the Daily Journal report the auto parts manufacturer intends to create 50 jobs over three years.

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Services Set For Phyllis Pond

The funeral for the longest-serving female representative in Indiana history is planned for Friday in New Haven. Phyllis Pond spent 35 years at the Statehouse before retiring last month. She was 82.

Read More


IURC Commissioner Announces Retirement

A commissioner of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is planning to retire in January. Larry Landis has served the agency for more than a decade and says he gave the advance notice to help with the transition.

Read More


President Leaves RailCats

The president and general manager of the Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball team has resigned. Kevin Spudic is leaving the post after two years. The team won this season's American Association championship.

Read More


Foundation Awards to Fund UE Scholarships

Two professors have landed what the University of Evansville is calling the largest faculty grant in school history. The more than $610,000 National Science Foundation funding will go toward science and math scholarships.

Read More


FFA Receives Cargill Commitment

The Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization has received a pledge of more than $500,000 from Cargill. The Minnesota-based agricultural company says the funding will support an annual FFA training conference and the continuing development of an online initiative.

Read More


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