INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Tourism group changing with the times

2014-06-05T12:45:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Tourism group changing with the timesGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
June 05, 2014 12:45 pm  • 

In an effort to respond to an evolving industry, the state's leading tourism trade organization is changing its identity. The Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus is now called the Indiana Tourism Association. It is expanding to groups including hotel management companies, operators of tours and attractions, as well as small business owners. Carrie Lambert will continue to serve as executive director of the rebranded organization. She has been with the association since January.

UIndy to Begin Work on $28M Health Pavilion

The University of Indianapolis will hold a groundbreaking ceremony this month for a $28 million Health Pavilion. The school says the four-story building will serve as a new gateway to the campus and is a key part of UIndy's $50 million development plan. During a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, President Robert Manuel said the pavilion will help students gain clinical experience.

College Launching High-Tech Programs

Ivy Tech Community College says seven new programs will focus on connecting students to more "work force-relevant career pathways." The new degrees and certifications from the School of Computing and Informatics will be offered in August at select campuses.

Progress Rail to Roll Out New Train

Progress Rail Services Corp. is planning to unveil a newly-designed locomotive next week in Muncie. The Caterpillar Inc. subsidiary moved into the Delaware County facility in 2010.

Fuel, Komets, Icemen Release Schedules

The ECHL, which includes hockey teams from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Evansville, has unveiled its 2014-2015 schedule. The Indy Fuel will open its inaugural season in October at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum against the Fort Wayne Komets.

More Communities Join Lumina Attainment Effort

The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation is investing in 35 additional communities as part of an education attainment strategy. The organization plans to invest more than $5.5 million into the second group of cities and over $13 million into all the communities involved in the effort.

Exelis Projects Could Create Jobs

Additional scientists and engineers could be added by Exelis Inc. in Fort Wayne as a result of two recent contracts. The deals involve tens of millions of dollars to produce NASA and Japanese satellite technology that measures atmospheric conditions on Earth.

New Institute Coming to Huntington

Huntington University is partnering with a best-selling author to launch a new institute and master's program. The curricula at the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling will be based on the teachings of John Townsend and focus on study areas such as scriptural teachings and neuroscience research.

Kelley Launches Diversity Effort

Sixty high school seniors will participate in a new program this month as part of an effort by the Indiana University Kelley School of Business to increase diversity among undergraduates. The initiative involves instruction, campus activities and a case competition.

Prominent Columnist to Speak at DePauw

DePauw University has announced New York Times columnist David Brooks will speak on the Greencastle campus as part of this year's homecoming events. He will deliver a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture in October.

Museum Receives Significant Grant

The Indianapolis Museum of Art says a $300,000 grant from the New York-based Henry Luce Foundation will boost an effort to digitize more than 5,000 items in its collection. The museum says the 36-month project will focus on paintings, sculptures, textiles and Native American art.

Estate Gift to Fund IU Scholarships

A member of the 1926-1927 Indiana University basketball team has left the school a gift worth more than $1.5 million. The donation from Harold Anderson will help fund scholarships for the school's athletic department and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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