Fort Wayne deal worth $100M
The chief executive officer of Evansville-based Old National Bancorp. says the more than $100 million acquisition of Fort Wayne-based Tower Financial Corp. "dramatically expands" the Evansville bank's footprint. Bob Jones said more growth could be on the way for the largest bank headquartered in the state. He said Old National remains committed to Indiana but is also exploring possibilities in Michigan and Kentucky.
Another filmmaker calls on state to support industry
An Indiana filmmaker says the state needs to show stronger support for the industry to prevent talented artists from leaving. Zack Parker's "PROXY," which was filmed in Richmond, will debut tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival. He says while Indiana is a relatively cheap place to make a movie, he does not believe the state provides enough financial and promotional support for independent filmmakers.
IOSHA, union reach State Fair collapse agreement
The state and International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees have reached a settlement related to the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration says penalties in a safety order issued after an investigation have been set aside.
DePauw lands $650,000 commitment
A former video game company executive is donating $650,000 to DePauw University. Kathy Patterson Vrabeck's commitment will support efforts to boost student financial aid. The 1985 graduate is a partner in an executive search firm and has experience with Activision and Electronic Arts.
Historic hotel revamp secures city funds
A $10 million project aimed at redeveloping the vacant Indiana Hotel in Fort Wayne has received a boost. The Journal Gazette reports the city's redevelopment commission has approved $750,000 in tax increment finance district funds for the Embassy Theatre Foundation initiative.
IU shifts 50 positions to staffing agency
About 50 hourly workers at Indiana University in Bloomington are being shifted to an outside staffing agency. The university says it has contracted with Manpower to administer hiring needs for the positions.
WestGate@Crane hosts college fair
WestGate Academy Conferencing & Training Center in southern Indiana is holding its first college fair today. Organizers expect more than two dozen schools from throughout the region and 900 students to participate.
USI to unveil engineering center
The University of Southern Indiana will cut the ribbon this week on a $3.3 million engineering building. The Applied Engineering Center includes a complete assembly line that can be reconfigured to meet the needs of different projects.
Builders association chapters announce merger
Two chapters of a builders association are merging. The Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky says the combination will allow members in both states to share services and opportunities more efficiently.
Grace College touts record enrollment
Grace College and Seminary says it has broken an enrollment record. The student population at the Winona Lake-based school totals more than 1,900, including close to 450 new students for the fall semester.
Nonprofit looks to serve businesswomen
A new nonprofit will aim to support professional women in Northern Indiana. WISE Inc. will hold its first event later this month to provide information about future workshops and a regional mentoring program.
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