Inside INdiana Business

2014-04-18T13:04:00Z 2014-04-18T18:31:10Z Inside INdiana BusinessGerry Dick Times Columnist
April 18, 2014 1:04 pm  • 

Self-driving tech could 'transform' business

A University of Notre Dame professor says the emerging technology of driverless vehicles can "transform the landscape" of logistics. Don Howard, who leads the Riley Center for Science, Technology and Values, says software-driven fleets could save businesses money on labor and insurance and would improve efficiency because they could run 24 hours per day. He says, "while you feel sympathy" for workers who could be displaced by the technology, many businesses would be able to re-invest the savings into new hires in other areas. Howard says "there will be some resistance" to driverless vehicles.

Navy announces major construction at Crane

Two Indiana-based companies are part of a potential $50 million U.S. Department of Defense contract involving construction projects at Naval Support Activity Crane. The deal includes design, repair and demolition work and is expected to be complete by 2019.

Irish president to speak at IU

The president of Ireland will speak at Indiana University's commencement ceremonies. Michael Higgins will join fellow IU graduate and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill in addressing graduates next month in Bloomington.

IWU announces gift from airline president

A $1.5 million gift from the president of Delta Air Lines Inc. and his wife will lead to the creation of a research center at Indiana Wesleyan University. The Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking, named in honor Edward and Anna Bastian, will be directed by Laura Lederer.

Mayor sounds off on bridge delay

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore is expressing frustration with the Indiana Department of Transportation. The Indiana side of the Big Four Bridge is not expected to open to foot traffic by the end of the month as previously planned. Moore says city leaders were assured by INDOT temporary lighting would be installed and the bridge would be open by April 30.

Butler taps Texas company for housing project

Butler University is working with a Texas company to develop new student housing. The agreement calls on American Campus Communities to build and maintain the facility, with Butler sharing in the revenue. Read More

'Hire our Heroes' event set for Evansville

A hiring event for veterans and their spouses is set for next week in Evansville. The "Hire our Heroes Veterans Event" will include a workshop focusing on resumé, interviewing and military skill translation advice. Read More

Report highlights Bloomington economy

An annual report is providing a picture of Bloomington's economy. The annual "State of the Bloomington Regional Economy" outlines development, education and investment initiatives and data.

Vera Bradley names new VPs

Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley Inc. has appointed two new executives. Rosemary Ricketts has been named vice president of merchandising and Steve Bohman will be vice president of global production.

Symposium to focus on economic development

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and College of Engineering Dean Leah Jamieson will help examine the relationship among economic development, technology and manufacturing. The two will speak next week during a regional meeting of the National Academy of Engineering on the West Lafayette campus.

Keynotes named for women's event

Integrating Woman Leaders Inc. has announced the keynote speakers for its annual leadership conference this summer in Indianapolis. They include the founder of a national women's group and an executive at Indianapolis-based Roche Diagnostics Corp.

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