INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS WEEK IN REVIEW: Skillman to lead economic partnership

2012-12-22T13:20:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS WEEK IN REVIEW: Skillman to lead economic partnershipGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business
December 22, 2012 1:20 pm  • 

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will focus on economic development upon leaving office early next year. She will become president and chief executive officer of Radius Indiana, an eight-county regional partnership in south central Indiana. Skillman will start in February and succeed R.J. Reynolds, who died unexpectedly last month.


Location Lineup Changes Hit Scotty's

A popular Indiana-based restaurant chain is planning a couple of new locations, while two current sites are closing. Scotty's Brewhouse says eateries in Fort Wayne and Mishawaka should open in the first half of the new year. The company says restaurants in Columbus and the Geist area of Indianapolis will close.


Pence Announces Reappointments

Governor-elect Mike Pence will retain several executives. Scott Waddell will continue as Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Thomas Easterly will remain as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Karl Browning will stay on as Hoosier Lottery Executive Director.


Chrysler Secures Another Key Approval

Chrysler Group LLC could start production at an industrial building in Tipton County next year. Members of the county council have approved a 10-year tax abatement for the automaker. It's another step in Chrysler's plan to add more than 1,200 jobs in north central Indiana. The company says 850 of those positions are expected at the Tipton County location.


Carbon Motors Remains Committed to Hoosier Jobs

Connersville-based Carbon Motors Corp. is reiterating plans to create 1,500 Indiana jobs. Chief Brand Officer Stacy Dean Stephens also says the company is still working to secure private funding. The company announced plans Monday morning for a new "Multi Mission Vehicle" and hopes to begin production in late 2013.


Johnson to Lead Corporate Partnership

The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership has named David Johnson chief executive officer. He will continue to serve as CEO of BioCrossroads, Indiana's life science initiative. Johnson says one of his initial priorities will be building a relationship with Governor-elect Mike Pence, who he says is "very eager" to work with CICP. He succeeds Mark Miles, who left last month to lead Terre Haute-based Hulman & Co.


Plastics Company Looking to Fill Jobs

A Blackford County employer says it is having a tough time finding enough job applicants to fill up to 30 positions. Michigan-based Petoskey Plastics is adding production lines at its Hartford City plant as part of a $16 million investment in three states. Human Resources Director Kristin Clark says the company is not sure why the number of applicants is "far fewer than we expected."


New MBA to Link Business, Medicine

An effort is being launched in the state to better prepare doctors to shape the future of health care. The Indiana University Kelley School of Business is starting a Business of Medicine MBA Program. Organizers say it will help physicians gain the skills and knowledge needed to adapt to changes in the industry. The two-year, part-time program will involve Kelley faculty and health care leaders who are guiding sector.


Group Hopes Name Change Brings Clarity

A northwest Indiana economic development group has changed its name as part of a rebranding effort. The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, Indiana says its former name led to some confusion about where the LaPorte County community is located. Executive Director Kevin Kieft says many companies and site selectors assumed the organization was based in the state of Michigan. Read More He says the rebranding will remove hurdles for the organization.


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