INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: South Bend airport going global

2014-04-23T12:39:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: South Bend airport going globalGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
April 23, 2014 12:39 pm  • 

South Bend's airport is undergoing a significant change to prepare for an anticipated increase in international passengers. It is becoming South Bend International and officials believe up to 40,000 out-of-country travelers could eventually go through the facility. Multi-million dollar plans call for a new general aviation building and federal inspection station. Executive Director Mike Daigle says interest is growing for flights to Mexico, the Bahamas and Ireland.

Collaboration to Promote Hamilton County

Hamilton County is taking a more active approach toward attracting investment and jobs. The Hamilton County Alliance is returning to its original name and collaborating with the area's tourism initiative to push a new strategy under the Invest Hamilton County Indiana umbrella. Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick has more on the partnership.

Fellowship Targets Underperforming Schools

Indianapolis-based The Mind Trust, Indianapolis Public Schools and Mayor Greg Ballard are partnering on an initiative designed to improve failed or ineffective schools. The Innovation School Fellowship program will provide a salary and resources to leaders who launch and develop a new school or create a plan to fix one that is underperforming.

Former Hall of Fame Could Become Culinary School

The South Bend Redevelopment Commission is scheduled to consider a plan tomorrow to convert the former College Football Hall of Fame building into a culinary school. Ivy Tech Community College wants to place a Culinary Arts & Food Education Center in the building.

Hoosier Companies High on Diversity Rankings

Three Indiana-based employers are on a national list of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity. More than 1,200 companies participated in the DiversityInc survey, which examined categories including talent pipeline and supplier diversity.

NAWBO-Indianapolis to Honor 'Trailblazers'

The largest National Association of Women Business Owners chapter in the country is preparing for one of its signature events. The 10th annual Trailblazers Luncheon will be held tomorrow in Indianapolis with the theme "Dream Big." In a Studio(i) interview, NAWBO-Indianapolis President Deb Oatts talks about the event and the growth of the organization.

Airport Parking Project Moves Forward

The Fort Wayne International Airport has begun preparations for $2.8 million in parking improvements. The project, which includes rental car shelters and improved access to the terminal building, is expected to be complete in October.

Indiana Closed Home Sales Drop

The Indiana Association of Realtors says the number of closed home sales in March decreased more than 11 percent compared to the same month the previous year. President Kevin Eastridge says low inventory "continues to hold home sales back."

Highway Section to be Named For Pond

A stretch of U.S. 24 will be named after the longest-serving female state representative in Indiana history. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the Phyllis J. Pond Memorial Highway will reach from just east of New Haven to the Indiana/Ohio state line.

IU School to Sponsor PopCon

The Indiana University School of Informatics at IUPUI has signed on as a sponsor for Indy PopCon. The agreement involves guest lecturers from the school hosting sessions on career opportunities in game development, computing and digital arts.

Dow AgroSciences Reports Record Quarter

Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences is touting record profit during the first quarter. The agricultural sciences unit of The Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) also says higher sales of herbicides and insecticides in several global markets helped lead to record quarterly sales.

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