INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS:

2014-01-14T13:07:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS:Gerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
January 14, 2014 1:07 pm  • 

The community development director for the City of Columbus is calling plans to redevelop a longtime eyesore an "incredibly positive coup." Carl Malysz says proposals totaling around $23 million call for low-income housing and a nursing home to be placed on the site of the former Golden Castings foundry. He says remediation efforts for the property in the center of the city have been underway for more than a decade. Columbus officials are awaiting state approval on environmental assessment and tax credit requests before moving forward. Read More Malysz says redevelopment has been plagued by years of "piecemeal" planning.

Contractor Announces Multi-Million Dollar Project

PCI Skansa in Evansville will handle the design, engineering and commissioning of a new coal combustion residual treatment system in Kentucky. The $56 million contract involves a Kentucky Utilities generating station.

IMA Touts 2013 Acquisitions

The Indianapolis Museum of Art says it acquired more than 475 objects last year. They include a work by one of the most successful late 19th-century French artists and a major piece from one of the most high-profile designers of the last three decades.

Chamber: Local Officials Overestimating Tax Cut Hit

An executive with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce believes the revenue hit from a potential business personal property tax phase out would be much less than many local officials are estimating. During this week's INside the Statehouse segment, Vice President of Tax and Public Finance Bill Waltz believes the decrease would be closer to $500 million than the nearly $1 billion some already cash-strapped communities fear.

Chamber Announces New Executive

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named Amy Marsh director of college and career readiness initiatives. Her duties will include oversight of the organization's Ready Indiana workforce education program and the statewide occupation database, IndianaSkills.com.

Noblesville Chamber Leader Retiring

The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce is searching for its next president. Sharon McMahon is planning to retire at the end of next month after more than a dozen years on the job.

Council Approves Fiber Expansion Financing

The Marshall County Council has given final approval to public financing for an expansion project by South Bend-based St. Joe Valley Metronet. The company will extend its dark fiber broadband network from South Bend to Plymouth.

Hiring Event Set For Columbia City

A northeast Indiana manufacturer looking to add 20 workers has scheduled a hiring event for the end of the month. Columbia City-based Whitley Manufacturing Co. Inc. plans to hire skilled electrical, plumbing and fabrication employees.

Big Sports Weekend in Fort Wayne

Five sporting events this weekend are expected to generate more than $1.6 million for the Fort Wayne economy. Visit Fort Wayne says one of the tournaments, the 2014 Fort Wayne MLK Volleyball Challenge, could attract more than 8,000 participants.

Southern Indiana Festival Plans Hiatus

An annual tourist event that draws thousands to Jackson County is being postponed. In a statement, National Maple Syrup Festival executives say they plan to return in 2015.

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