The state's business community is gearing up for another push to secure a direct flight from Indianapolis International Airport to San Francisco. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is seeking input from companies that would utilize the flights. Technology Entrepreneur Scott Jones said securing those flights is the key economic development issue facing the state.
Power company plans major wind farm
Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power has announced plans to build an estimated $300 million wind farm in Randolph County. Texas-based EDP Renewables North America LLC could begin construction on the Headwaters Wind Farm by the end of the year. I&M expects it to be complete before 2015 and create around 20 permanent jobs.
Electric car share announcement drawing praise
The president of Indianapolis-based Energy Systems Network says a $35 million plan to launch an electric car-share program in the city shows the world is "now taking notice" of its green initiatives. Paul Mitchell says Indianapolis is becoming a "major hub" for clean technology. France-based Bolloré Group plans to begin rolling out the program next year.
Commercial operation underway at coal plant
A southern Indiana coal gasification plant has started commercial operation. Duke Energy Indiana President Doug Esamann says the Edwardsport facility is a key to filling the gap that will be created by future plant retirements throughout the state.
Uplands wine trail grows
The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail has added a tenth winery. Spencer-based Owen Valley Winery's first event with the trail will be "Uncork the Uplands" event next month in Bloomington.
Third party to investigate ISTEP disruptions
The Indiana Department of Education has hired the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment to determine whether computer glitches that caused delays invalidated this year's ISTEP results. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says the disruptions were "simply unacceptable" for such a high-stakes exam.
Kokomo to expand public bus system
The city of Kokomo is planning to more than double the number of public trolley bus stops. The Kokomo Tribune reports the city spent nearly $1 million for two new buses, which will expand the service by three routes.
IndyGo adds new route
IndyGo has launched a new bus route for the north side of Indianapolis. It connects commuters between Community Hospital North and Trader's Point.
Indiana, Kentucky Planned Parenthoods to Merge
Planned Parenthood of Indiana says it will merge with Planned Parenthood of Kentucky next month. Betty Cockrum, the Indiana organization's president, will lead the combined nonprofit. Planned Parenthood says all 28 health centers in the two states will remain open.
Elkhart General set For groundbreaking
Construction is set to begin Wednesday on a $6 million medical facility in northern Indiana. Plans for the Elkhart General Home Care building include a pharmacy, an equipment retailer and a personal services agency. It is scheduled to open next year.
Fishers company awarded big contract
Fishers-based Meyer Najem Construction has landed a $38 million contract to build a health care center in Alabama. The company will break ground on the development in the fall and expects to complete the project by spring 2015.
Thor Industries notches higher profit
Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. is reporting a fiscal third quarter profit of $43.8 million, compared to $41.3 million for the same period the previous year. The company says total RV sales increased by more than $120 million, compared to the same quarter in 2012.
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