The state has approved plans by Ball State University to build a new $4.6 million planetarium. The school says it will be the largest in Indiana and include a 52-foot dome. The planetarium will be named after Indianapolis businessman Charlie Brown, who provided a lead gift for the project. Dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities at Ball State Michael Maggiotto discussed the project about a year ago on Inside INdiana Business Television.
State Closes Fiscal Year With Surplus
Indiana has ended Fiscal Year 2013 with a larger surplus than projected. Governor Mike Pence and State Auditor Tim Berry say the final numbers show a structural surplus of $483 million, which is $93 million higher than anticipated in the budget bill. Reserves and total revenue growth also outperformed expectations.
Indy-Area Exports Hit Record Level
The U.S. Department of Commerce says exports from the Indianapolis-Carmel area increased nearly 10 percent from 2011 to 2012. The department's International Trade Administration says those exports totaled a record $10.4 billion.
Texas Company Plans Northern Indiana Expansion
A Texas-based manufacturer is seeking tax abatement on a plan to locate in St. Joseph County and hire at least 100 workers. The South Bend Tribune reports Tejas Tubular Products Inc. intends to invest more than $12 million to upgrade and expand the former Scott Brass Inc. facility in New Carlisle.
Bicyclists to Race on Kokomo Bypass
A Kokomo-based organization is set this weekend to hold what it is calling a "once in a lifetime" event. The Break-Away Bicycle Club is hosting its monthly time trials Sunday on the nearly-complete U.S. 31 bypass.
New NAWBO Leader Outlines Plans
The head of the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will be installed this evening as the board chair of the national organization. In a Studio(i) interview, Indianapolis-based RepuCare Inc. Chief Executive Officer Billie Dragoo says she will focus on building a young entrepreneurs academy and a mentorship program to help train the next generation of business leaders.
Research Park Company Launches Textbook Alternative
A Purdue Research Park-based company has launched a platform allowing educators to create teaching materials that can be viewed on computers or mobile devices. Skyepack says the tool is a cheaper alternative to textbooks and e-readers.
Development Continues at Office Park
Indianapolis-based Edgeworth Laskey Properties LLC has broken ground on the second facility in a $100 million office park project in Fishers. It is expected to be complete next year. The first of five buildings planned for "Concourse at Crosspoint" opened in 2010.
Lugar Center Unveils Biomass-to-Gas Technology
IUPUI's Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy has cut the ribbon on a new system that converts biomass into energy. The Stalk Stoker turns "woody" plant materials into synthesized gas that can be used to fuel generators.
Fort Wayne Seeks Public Input on Youth Sports
The city of Fort Wayne is collecting public input on youth sports in the community. A public meeting this month is part of a study on the community's youth sports marketing efforts and potential for growth.
Riley Hospital Launches Physicians Network
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has announced a new network to extend resources and expertise throughout the state. The health system says the "Riley Physicians" program will begin in Indianapolis, with the goal of expanding elsewhere.
Cassidy Turley, Texas Company Partner on Buildings
Cassidy Turley says it will manage three Indianapolis-area buildings for Texas-based USAA Real Estate Co. The companies say the properties represent more than 2 million square-feet of space.
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