Inside INdiana Business

2013-08-14T15:03:00Z 2013-08-14T16:29:06Z Inside INdiana BusinessGerry Dick Times Columnist nwitimes.com
August 14, 2013 3:03 pm  • 

IU invests in drone technology

Indiana University's investment fund hopes its support of a company developing unmanned drone technologies will lead to increased research and commercialization opportunities. The Innovate Indiana Fund and Red Hat Co-Founder Bob Young are leading an early-stage investment round for Indianapolis-based PrecisionHawk, which specializes in unmanned aerial systems and remote sensing. The company says it will use the undisclosed investment to add talent and support potential opportunities in Indiana in areas including agriculture. CEO Pat Lohman says the market for drones is "beginning to open up."

 

Tech company inks international deals

Indianapolis-based Fathom Voice has signed its first international deal. The tech company says it has agreements in place to sell cloud-based phone service in the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore. CEO Cameron Weeks said Indiana growth plans include creating more than 180 jobs by 2017.

 

Manufacturer's plans clear hurdle

Texas-based Tejas Tubular Products Inc. has taken a step forward in its plan to open a New Carlisle operation that could bring 150 jobs to northern Indiana over the next two years. The St. Joseph County Council approved a tax abatement request Tuesday and could take a final vote Aug. 27.

 

IU East signs deal with world tennis group

Indiana University East has forged a partnership with an international sports organization. The Richmond-based school will be the primary provider for online bachelor's degrees for the Women's Tennis Association.

 

Governor to name new auditor

Gov. Mike Pence is set to announce his choice tomorrow for the state's next auditor. Deputy Auditor Kirke Willing started serving the role today on an interim basis. The appointee will succeed Tim Berry, who is now chairman of the Indiana State Republican Party.

 

Hoosier farmers receiving awards

Around four dozen Hoosier farm families are receiving awards today at the Indiana State Fair. The honors include the 2013 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation and the annual River Friendly Farmer Awards.

 

City, nonprofits aim to resurrect 'Steamboat Days'

A southeast Indiana festival that ended a more than 20-year run in the late 1990s could be getting another chance. The News and Tribune in Jeffersonville reports the city and nonprofit leaders are working to bring back "Steamboat Days" next year, which would coincide with a major riverboat celebration in Louisville.

 

Zionsville schools add new teachers, buses

Zionsville Community Schools says it has brought in a handful of new teachers to accommodate enrollment growth. The hires are in addition to 26 new educators last school year. The district has also approved spending more than $500,000 to purchase nine school buses.

 

Transportation authority chooses interim director

The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority has selected Bill Kirchoff to be interim executive director. He has served the CIRTA board since 2004 and succeeds Ehren Bingaman, who will be leaving for a job in the private sector later this week.

 

Famed poet coming to butler

Maya Angelou is scheduled to appear at Butler University. She will be the featured presenter next month during the school's Diversity Lecture Series.

 

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