A proposed $300 million Tipton County wind farm has been granted a key conditional permit. Colorado-based juwi Wind North America LLC received an approval from the Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals that includes additional requirements. The developer pledged that the more than 90 turbines will not lower the value of nearby properties and that structures must be built 1,500 away from property lines.
'Hoosiers' Producer Renews Tax Credit Call
As the boys' state high school basketball tournament reaches a climax this weekend, memories of Milan High School's run to the 1954 title live on. The movie "Hoosiers" was released more than 25 years ago. Producer Angelo Pizzo recently returned to the Ripley County town for the first time since 1982 as the Milan '54 Museum tries to raise enough money to secure the largest collection of uniforms and props from the film. In an interview to air this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television, Pizzo talks about compelling sports-related storytelling and the need for tax credits to spark Indiana's film industry.
Camp Atterbury Planning Name Change
A historic Indiana military base is in the process of changing its name. A spokeswoman with the Indiana National Guard confirms Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center is in the early stages of combining its name and many services with nearby Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. The installations will be called either Atterbury-Muscatatuck or the Atterbury-Muscatatuck training site.
New Charter Schools Planned For Indy
Indianapolis-based The Mind Trust is making investments to increase the number of charter schools in the state's largest city. The nonprofit will partner with California-based Rocketship Education to open eight new schools. It is also making an investment to help KIPP Indy expand its charter school network.
Senators Applaud Device Tax Repeal Vote
Indiana's U.S. Senators are praising the passage of an amendment calling for the repeal of the federal medical device tax. Republican Dan Coats and Democrat Joe Donnelly have issued statements saying eliminating the tax would help protect Hoosier jobs. The passage by the Senate is regarded as symbolic because the resolution is non-binding.
Pay Freeze to Hit Many at Purdue
Purdue University is freezing salaries for deans, administrators and staff members who make more than $50,000 per year. It is one of the steps the university is taking to help offset the anticipated $40 million impact from a planned tuition freeze. President Mitch Daniels says more decisions about reductions and savings are expected in the next few weeks.
Health Report Ranks Indiana Counties
Hendricks, Hamilton and Boone counties rank as Indiana's healthiest in a report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. State Health Commissioner William VanNess says Indiana must make "major improvements" in areas including obesity, smoking and childhood immunizations. Lawrence, Vermillion and Sullivan counties were among the group at the bottom of the list.
GEICO: Work Force Led Company to Indiana
The director of GEICO in central Indiana says "the ability to fill positions fast" was a key factor in the decision to choose Carmel for a major operation instead of a competing state. Gary McKenzie says the company plans to hire 400 workers in the next year and 1,200 by 2016. McKenzie believes the company will continue to grow in central Indiana.
Business Schools Score High
The undergraduate business programs at four colleges in Indiana have received high marks from a national publication. For the fourth year in a row, the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business placed first overall in the annual rankings from Bloomberg Businessweek. Indiana University Kelley School of Business earned the 13th spot, the Butler University College of Business ranked 47th, the Purdue University Krannert School of Management fell to 58th after placing 45th in 2012.
Butler's Move to Big East 'An Ideal Fit'
Butler University confirms it will join the new Big East conference in July. President James Danko calls the move "an unprecedented opportunity" and "an ideal fit." He also believes the decision will increase the school's national visibility, leading to new opportunities for the entire student body. Butler's football team will remain in the Pioneer League. Inside INdiana Sports Contributor Bill Benner says media revenues are at the core of the move.
Nonprofit Returns Ex-Offenders to Work Force
A Fort Wayne-based nonprofit that boosts job prospects for ex-offenders has taken a significant step forward. Blue Jacket Inc. opened a thrift store Friday in its facility staffed by the program's participants. The Blue Jacket Clothing Co. offers ex-offenders experience running a business.
New School Allows Adults to 'Retool'
The University of Saint Francis is taking a new approach to expand its reach to a growing market. The school is launching a College of Adult Learning, which will be led by Vice President of Adult Learning Toni Pauls. She says a shaky economy and increased training requirements are prompting more adults to beef up their education. The Fort Wayne school hopes to begin some programs in the fall. Pauls says the school will cover multiple areas of study.
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