Franchises boost city economy
Three Indiana cities are included on a national list of "Top Minor League Markets." Sports Business Journal ranks Fort Wayne highest in the state, and seventh in the country. Visit Fort Wayne President Dan O'Connell says the city and its three primary minor league teams have experienced an economic boost by working together in marketing efforts. The publication considered factors including the number of years teams have existed, total attendance and personal income levels. O'Connell says the city's franchises attract fans from throughout the Midwest.
Earlham receives major gift for arts building
A Richmond-area business owner has donated $1.1 million to boost Earlham College's new Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. The Wayne County school will name a recital and rehearsal hall in honor of Paul Lingle and his family's foundation.
Ball State details video board project
Ball State University says leasing video screens from two Pendleton companies will allow the school to feature the latest technology during football, basketball and volleyball games. The university says the three-year leases will be funded through advertising, conference revenue and a $1 ticket increase.
Westfield Among 'Best Places to Live'
A national publication has ranked an Indiana city on its annual "Best Places to Live" list. Money magazine ranked Westfield 18th among small communities throughout the nation.
Schnitzelbank doubles down on Jasper
The parent company of the popular Schnitzelbank restaurant in southern Indiana is expanding. Alpine Enterprises LLC hopes to breathe new life into the former Jasper Country Club clubhouse by turning it into a banquet hall. KlubHaus 61 co-owner Gail Hettinger says the company is renovating the building, which will open at the end of the month. Hettinger believes there is plenty of room for further growth in Jasper.
Experts to tackle crop report
Representatives from the U.S. and Indiana departments of agriculture and Purdue University will break down the USDA's first crop projections of 2013 Monday afternoon at the Indiana State Fair. The report is expected to be vastly different from last year, when the region was gripped by a major drought.
Lincoln Tech to debut manufacturing program
Indianapolis-based Lincoln College of Technology is launching a new advanced manufacturing program. Courses are set to begin in November and will offer three options that will focus on computer numerical control machine operation and programming.
Lafayette Commerce plans Amtrak summit
Greater Lafayette Commerce is planning a summit next week designed to discuss the potential loss of an Amtrak passenger route between Indianapolis and Chicago. The service could end in October unless state funding is secured.
Visitors adding up at Red Skelton Museum
A new attraction honoring a legendary Hoosier comedian has released early attendance numbers. The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy on the Vincennes University campus has pulled in 1,000 in its first three weeks.
Calumet Buys Crude Oil Facilities
Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP has acquired seven crude oil loading facilities in North Dakota and Montana. The company says the deal with Arkansas-based Murphy Oil USA Inc. allows it more access to oil directly from producers.
Würth Group names executive VP
A German-based company has named a new leader of its Indianapolis-based North American business, including an operation in Indianapolis. Marc Strandquist will lead Würth Group's six companies in North America, which includes Würth Service Supply in Marion County.
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