Some high-profile events this weekend will provide a major boost to the central Indiana economy. Visit Indy estimates the NCAA Men's Basketball Regional, the Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships and the National Society of Black Engineers' annual convention will have an impact could top $27 million. Vice President of Marketing Chris Gahl says he "couldn't picture" better matchups for this weekend's tournament games. Gahl tells Inside INdiana Business hosting out-of-state basketball teams may offer a larger windfall than hosting in-state contenders.
Connersville ID's Potential Visteon Plant Buyer
A Florida-based company has been revealed as the possible buyer of the former Visteon plant in Fayette County. Our partners at Kicks 96 in Richmond report the Connersville Board of Public Works identified Steel Recovery Solutions LLC as the interested party. The company specializes in demolishing and recycling commercial buildings.
Indianapolis Lab Company Wants to Expand
Indianapolis-based POLARIS Laboratories will go before a city commission next week to seek approval for preliminary tax abatement on a nearly $3 million expansion plan. The move would add 40 employees by 2017 and retain more than 130 workers.
Studies Measure Hoosiers' Views on Wind Farms
Purdue University researchers have released their findings on Hoosiers' attitudes toward wind farms. The studies indicate "not a lot of opposition" from residents in three sample counties.
Education Summit to Focus on Work Force Needs
A conference in Indianapolis next month will focus on connecting the state's education system to work force demands. The 2013 H. Kent Weldon Conference for Higher Education will include presentations from Governor Mike Pence and Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers.
Bloomington to Host Technology Job Fair
The Bloomington Technology Partnership will hold a career and internship fair next month. The event will also include information about the area's technology park and the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.
Finish Line Profit Narrows
Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. (Nasdaq: FINL) is reporting fiscal fourth quarter profit of $34.3 million, compared to $41.9 million for the same period the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Glenn Lyon says weakness in the running business created a "challenging second half of the year" for the company.
Wishard Looking For Teen Volunteers
Wishard Health Services in Indianapolis is looking for teenagers to participate in an annual summer program. The organization says the effort provides shadowing and volunteer opportunities for teens interested in health-related fields.
Indiana Tech Completes Founding Law School Faculty
Indiana Tech has hired the final member of its law school's founding faculty. Ohio constitutional lawyer Nancy Marcus will join the school in July.
ISU Taps New Career Center Leader
Indiana State University has selected Darby Scism to be executive director of the school's career center. Scism have served as assistant director since last year.
Manchester College Hires VP
Manchester University has hired Scott Ochander as vice president for enrollment and marketing. He most recently served as chief marketing officer for Valparaiso University.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Names Program Leader
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. has named Christine Woodward-Duncan vice president of programs. She has served on the nonprofit's board of directors for the last two years and most recently led a private consulting business in Indianapolis.
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