INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: State to study urban potential

2014-04-03T14:37:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: State to study urban potentialGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business
April 03, 2014 2:37 pm  • 

An upcoming study by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. will examine how to make Indiana's cities more attractive to potential investors. Governor Mike Pence's Senior Policy Director Ryan Streeter says the report will focus on issues such as quality of life and industrial site improvements as well as the potential for public-private partnerships. The study is required by a law passed by the General Assembly this year and is scheduled to be complete by October.

Perry County Looks to Grow Entrepreneurship

The Perry County Development Corp. has announced multiple partnerships in hopes of sparking entrepreneurial activity. The agreements with the Southwest Indiana Small Business Development Center and other organizations will provide resources including workshops and mentoring services.

Bethel College Launches Training Center

Bethel College has launched a center for customized training. The initiative is already partnering with the Kroc Center in South Bend and has plans to begin a work force readiness program and a course focusing on soft-skill training including work place attitude and attendance.

Video Shows #IndyIsHappy

A video promoting Indianapolis and several local businesses is gaining attention on social media. Two Fishers-based companies, MediaFuel Digital Agency and IKECONIC, collaborated on the "#IndyIsHappy" production, which has been viewed more than 10,000 times within the first 24 hours of its launch.

Rome Center to Receive Notre Dame Blessing

The University of Notre Dame is set to bless a new facility next week in Italy. The Rome Global Gateway center is located near the Colosseum. It will serve architecture students and host conferences, workshops and seminars.

IU East Dean Resigning

Indiana University East has announced the dean of its School of Humanities and Social Sciences will be leaving for a job at Northern Kentucky University. Katherine Frank is set to begin as NKU's dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July.

Major Road Project Set to Begin

Travelers and businesses are bracing for a major road closure beginning Friday in Hamilton County. The eight-month project involves the construction of roundabout interchanges on U.S. Highway 31.

Online Bank Opens Office in Arizona

Indianapolis-based First Internet Bank of Indiana has opened another office in the southwest U.S. The bank has launched a commercial and industrial lending operation in Arizona.

Centier Announces VPs

Merrillville-based Centier Bank has filled two executive positions. Bill Winterhaler and Jesse Dame have been appointed to vice president roles.

Cancer Organization Selects Leader

Eric Richards has been named president and chief executive officer of the Cancer Support Community of Central Indiana. He most recently served as vice president of development and communications at Indianapolis-based Little Red Door Cancer Agency.

Emmis Reports Higher Profit

Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: EMMS) is reporting a fiscal fourth quarter profit of $33.1 million, compared to $4.3 million during the same period a year earlier. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smulyan says Emmis has outperformed competitors in its radio markets for the fourth-straight year.

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